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Pooley’s Corner: When Taking Trade Secrets Becomes a Crime

In the recent lawsuit filed against Uber by Waymo for hiring the head of its driverless car project, what would have been a normal discovery dispute over access to a report suddenly became a lot more complicated when the...more

Products Liability in a Post-Tincher World: Appellate Court Upholds $55M Verdict Against American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

In American Honda Motor Co., Inc., v. Martinez, et. al., the Superior Court of Pennsylvania upheld the jury’s verdict and award of more than $55 million to Plaintiff Carlos Martinez, who was rendered a quadriplegic after he...more

Volkswagen Announces Major Steps Toward Electrifying Its Vehicle Fleet

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

While fans of electrifying rides got a boost from the box office this week, fans of electrified rides are living in exciting times as well....more

Are We There Yet? Paving the Way for Autonomous Vehicle Claims

Autonomous or self-driving vehicles (AVs), once confined to the realm of science fiction, are now a reality. Most vehicles on the road today rely on some aspect of autonomous technology. Vehicles of the future will be...more

National League of Cities Releases Guide on Preparing for Autonomous Vehicles

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The National League of Cities just released “Autonomous Vehicles: A Policy Preparation Guide,” giving municipalities a much-needed resource around tracking legislative developments and having a voice in the policy discussion...more

The Road to Autonomous Vehicles: Insurance Implications

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As autonomous vehicles move toward mass implementation, businesses in this industry segment are studying product liability questions that will arise, some of which are likely to be distinctly different in character from the...more

Litigating Disruption in the Automotive Industry's Supply Chain

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“We’ve seen an increase in litigation over supply chain disruption in the automotive industry,” said Hogan Lovells partner Dr. Detlef Hass. “In the past, there was a sense that suppliers wanted to keep their customers happy...more

Car Industry Focuses on Luring Younger Buyers as Millennials Shift Attitudes on Car Ownership

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

For years, we have been reading articles about how teen licensing rates are falling (from 88.6 percent in 1996 to 71.2 percent in 2015). We have also seen much hand wringing about millennials forgoing car ownership in favor...more

Have the Good Times Ceased to Roll?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Ahhh, the heady days of 2016. Remember that? 17.6 million vehicles sold in the United States. As reported by Automotive News (and others), Deutsche Bank says those good times may very well be over and the Auto Industry may be...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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One might think that Tesla shareholders would be thrilled with yesterday’s news that Elon’s car-making arm has surpassed even GM in market value. True, perhaps, but only to a point. Turns out that Tesla’s recent surge has...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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Wells Fargo’s board not only issued a massive report on its fake account scandal yesterday. It also announced that the bank would claw back an additional $75 million from former CEO John Stumpf and former head of community...more

How Autonomous Vehicles Will Change and Shape the Product Liability Market

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In this hoganlovells.com interview, Dr. Sebastian Lach discusses the massive liability shift that will occur as autonomous vehicles (AV) hit the roadways and the factors that will influence how insurers calculate risk....more

The SAVe Act: A Roadblock To Automated Vehicle Innovation

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The automobile is poised at an historic inflection point that rivals the introduction of the internal combustion engine over a hundred years ago. Autonomous vehicle technology — currently being developed and tested...more

FTC and NHTSA to Explore Vehicle Privacy and Security Issues

by Hogan Lovells on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are co-hosting a workshop on June 28, 2017, to explore the privacy and security issues raised by automated and connected vehicle...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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Greenlight Capital’s David Einhorn is pushing GM to split its common stock into two classes—one for dividends and the other for all additional earnings—in an effort to boost the carmaker’s market cap. GM’s not on board....more

Geneva Auto Show Showcases Europe’s Supercars, Crossover Vehicles Amid Hope for 2017 Sales

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Europe’s Geneva Auto Show ended March 19, demonstrating to the world that Europe continues to dream up some of the best supercars in the world. Supercars making waves at the show included Lamborghini’s impressive, muscular...more

V2V Communications: Motor Vehicle Safety Guidelines

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

NHTSA believes vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications will serve as a complementary necessity to fully realizing the safety benefits of automated vehicle technologies. As such, establishing safety guidelines around this...more

President Trump Orders EPA Review of Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

One of the more aggressive steps taken by the Obama administration to reduce carbon emissions was to have the EPA set an ambitious target for Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards: 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. In...more

California Releases Further (Proposed) Regulations Governing Testing and Deployment of Autonomous Vehicles

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On March 10, 2017, The California Department of Motor Vehicles ("Cal DMV") released further proposed regulations pertaining to the testing and deployment of driverless cars on California roadways...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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Following up on news last week that Bill Ackman was finally done with his grand Valeant experiment, the Times gives us a deeper look at what was really going on with the activist investor’s bet and ultimate $4 billion loss....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The struggle to attract and retain businesses and the jobs they provide has increasingly led to states and cities squaring off against others, with competing tax incentive packages the very real currency of the battle....more

Congress is About to Take Away Your Rights

The U.S. Congress is fighting hard to take away your rights and the power of individual states to protect those rights. The influence of BIG BUSINESS over your elected representatives is being used protect careless and...more

Automated Vehicles Will Revolutionize the Automotive Industry

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A renaissance of epic proportion is quietly underway in the United States, where 4,000-pound objects will soon be motoring alongside us on freeways, through intersections, crosswalks, and school zones without a driver. Ground...more

Cybersecurity: Yes, They Will Hack Your Car

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Auto manufacturers are increasingly equipping vehicles with rapidly advancing technologies, raising concerns regarding how the public will be affected by these changes. Manufacturers are beginning to implement automated...more

Automated Vehicles: NHTSA Has Spoken

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Not surprisingly, NHTSA’s regulatory stance on automated vehicles is simple: improve vehicle safety by preventing driving errors. As automated vehicles begin to populate the roads, two themes arising from this stance have...more

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