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Michigan Law’s Autonomous Vehicles Conference: Legal and Regulatory Hurdles to Deployment

Earlier this month, I attended a conference at the University of Michigan Law School: Autonomous Vehicles: Legal and Regulatory Hurdles to Deployment. It was a good excuse to go embrace all of the nostalgia that comes from...more

Volkswagen proposes a settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice. Judge Breyer sets a June 21 deadline for a...

Tris Coffin heads the Vermont Volkswagen Class Action litigation team at DRM that also includes Directors Bob Luce and Marc Heath. On the evening of April 20, a number of news outlets published stories that Volkswagen...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.22.16

US financial regulators dropped some much-anticipated rules yesterday that aim to restrict how “big financial institutions can pay their top executives.” In particular, the rules would make banker wait “at least four years...more

NHTSA’s Claimed Jurisdiction Over Software and Applications May Stifle Innovation

Motor vehicle technology is rapidly changing to enhance safety and provide navigation, mobility, and accessibility solutions for drivers. Manufacturer-installed automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot...more

Chicago Auto Accident Lawyer Offers Praise for Emergency Braking Initiative

Following an announcement by twenty automakers, the auto accident lawyers at Katz, Friedman, Eagle, Eisenstein, Johnson & Bareck are hailing the initiative as one of the biggest breakthroughs in automotive safety in recent...more

New Safety Technology Protects Drivers

Over the last decade, auto safety has evolved from basic safety features like seat belt warning signals and child safety locks to high-tech safety features that are preventing accidents and protecting drivers. As auto safety...more

Automakers Report Increased March U.S. Sales, But is the Pace of Growth Slowing?

Automakers closed out the first quarter with a 3 percent increase over last year’s March sales and 1.59 million cars sold. Some highlights of the 2016 versus 2015 sales numbers include...more

Did You Order Your Tesla Model 3?

If you did not order your Tesla Model 3, it might feel like you are the only one. In just the first weekend, Tesla got 276,000 orders. That is a pretty astounding number. It is even more impressive when you consider that the...more

Liability and Autonomous Vehicles

As a trial lawyer who handles a lot of automotive disputes and product liability claims, I get asked more and more, “when an autonomous vehicle has an accident, who will be liable?” People – clients, contacts, business...more

MMPA Watch - Advertising Puffery Found Non-Actionable in Hurst v. Nissan

The Missouri Court of Appeals recently overturned a jury verdict under the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act (MMPA) against Nissan North America, Inc., arising out statements made by Nissan in the advertising and promotion...more

Old is New: History Repeats Itself

You may recall that in late 2011, we published the article, “Five Persistent Trends Affecting Automobile Dealers.” While the specifics may have changed, many of the trends continue to persist and affect dealers. This is a...more

China Auto Regulatory Trends 2016: New-Energy, Materials Restrictions, Recalls and Emissions Figure Prominently

China has launched or announced a significant number of regulatory initiatives in the automotive sector over the first months of 2016. I have selected a number of regulatory initiatives representing such trends, below, from...more

Google Asks Congress For Self-Driving Car Help

As reported almost everywhere, on Tuesday, March 15, Google told a Senate Hearing that Congress should pass legislation regulating self-driving cars. Google, through Chris Urmson (Director, Self-Driving Cars), explained that...more

American Car Manufacturers Benefiting From Surge in European SUV Sales

After closing out 2015 with over 9 percent sales growth year over year, European auto sales have continued to rise in January and February. Western Europe car sales rose 14 percent in February, following a January passenger...more

Prog Rock Week – Part I: Tribute to Keith Emerson and Expansion of VW Investigation

Welcome back my friend; To the show that never ends. Except it did last week, when Keith Emerson died. He was the Emerson in Emerson, Lake & Palmer aka ELP. Emerson was one of the greatest keyboardists of his or any...more

Driverless Car Crash Brings Public Concerns to the Forefront

A Google driverless car collided with a bus when it tried to merge into an adjacent lane to avoid an obstacle ahead. Google attributes the error to a miscalculation – the car’s computer expected the bus to slow down and allow...more

Driver Privacy Act of 2015 Addresses Privacy Concerns for Data Collected on Event Data Recorders

An event data recorder (EDR), as defined in 49 CFR section 563.5, generally means a device or function in a vehicle that records the vehicle’s dynamic time-series data during the time period just prior to or during a crash...more

New DOL Joint Employment Standards Affect Auto Employers

Joint employer relationships are commonplace in the automotive industry. From auto makers that contract with other companies for parts to auto dealers that utilize franchise arrangements, the auto industry is reliant on joint...more

The VW Scandal: Crisis and the CCO

One of the areas where my thinking has evolved in the compliance arena is around the area of reputational damage. Of course commentators, such as Andrea Bonime-Blanc, have written and spoken about preventing damage to a...more

Court Rules In Favor Of An Attorney Regarding Claims Arising From A Conflict of Interest

In Fitts v. Richards-Smith, three brothers were riding in a car when the car hit another vehicle properly stopped in the road. 2016 Tex. App. LEXIS 1542 (Tex. App.—Texarkana February 17, 2016, no pet. history). The driver was...more

It's Not a Powertrain, It's a Propulsion System

What’s in a name? To General Motors, a lot. So much so that GM will no longer deal in powertrains. Instead…wait for it…Global Propulsion Systems. Whoa. Here at the Dashboard we all just got very Buck Rodgers-y. But,...more

Contribution Claims: Uncertain Jurisdictional Basis

An automotive component producer and an insurer have separately challenged the jurisdiction of the High Court in Iveco SpA & Iveco Ltd v Magna Electronics Srl [2015] EWHC 2887 (TCC), 13 November 2015 & XL Insurance Co SE v...more

Evidence of Industry Custom May Be Relevant and Admissible in a Strict Products Liability Action Depending on the Nature and...

In Kim v. Toyota Motor Corp., 2016 No. B247672, the California Court of Appeal, Second District, held that a jury could consider evidence of industry custom to determine whether a product was defective under the risk-benefit...more

Driverless Vehicles — A new driving frontier

Just imagine the courtroom scene… The negligent party is in the courtroom being examined by plaintiff’s counsel...more

Good Automotive Emissions News

There certainly has been plenty of bad emissions news in the past few months in the Automotive Industry. How about some good news? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently reported that “Automakers Beat...more

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