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Red Notice Newsletter - February 2015

Introduction - Welcome to the February 2015 edition of Red Notice, a publication of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. - This month on the anticorruption front, several companies face the consequences of...more

Persistence Pays Off: Federal Appeals Court Rejects NLRB’s Bid for Enforcement of Employer Bargaining Order

Last week, in Ozark Auto. Distribs., Inc. v. NLRB, the D.C. Circuit rejected the National Labor Relations Board’s attempt to enforce a bargaining order against an employer who had refused to bargain with a newly certified...more

Three Key Labor and Employment Issues Facing Automotive Suppliers in 2015

While employees are an integral part of the manufacturing process, employment related issues will continue to face automotive suppliers in 2015 including: With many of its recent decisions and actions, the NLRB has...more

Key In-House Counsel Interview Questions Every Automotive Supplier Needs to Ask

As automotive suppliers continue to add employees to keep up with industry growth, legal departments or top management may desire to hire experienced in-house counsel to support the business. To ensure the right fit,...more

Hot Wheel City Will Pay $20,000 to Resolve EEOC Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Lawsuit

DETROIT -- Hot Wheel City, a Detroit-based automotive wheel and accessory store chain, has agreed to pay $20,000 and to provide equitable relief to settle a federal sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit brought by the...more

Canadian Customs Authority Shifts Gears on Import Duty Refunds

The CBSA has made a long-sought-for change in its policy to allow duty refunds in the event of qualifying downward transfer price adjustments by importers. The change comes on the heels of victory by Bennett Jones in a test...more

Top Legal Issues Facing Automotive Suppliers in 2015

Foley’s Automotive Industry Team has prepared this overview of the major trends we see affecting automotive suppliers this year. While not all legal risk can be anticipated, companies that are aware of litigation,...more

Global Cartel Enforcement - 2014 Year In Review

To name only a few, the U.S. faced challenges over the extent of its jurisdictional reach; China was criticised for questionable investigative practices and allegedly protectionist use of its antitrust powers; and Japan faced...more

Seat Belt Defects and Car Accidents

As we know, automobile accidents in the San Fernando Valley can lead to serious injuries and sometimes death. When we combine a several thousand pound vehicle with defective products, the injuries can be even more...more

Charting Your Way Through Chrysler Group LLC's New Terms and Conditions

Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) issued new general terms and conditions (Terms) for production and Mopar purchasing that will apply to all purchase orders issued after December 1, 2014. The new Terms are not retroactive and...more

Automotive News, 3/2014

This is the first issue of “Automotive News”, a regular update on current developments in the automotive industry, with a particular focus on Germany, published by Morgan Lewis’ automotive practice for clients and interested...more

Criminal Global Cartel Focus on Generic Pharmaceuticals

The Antitrust Division is nearing the end of its largest, record-setting criminal cartel investigation – global auto parts suppliers. It has been a sprawling investigation that has leaped from product-to-product in the auto...more

Cartel Prosecutions – The Next Wave and the New Message from the U.S. Antitrust Division

It is widely rumored that the U.S. Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (“Antitrust Division”) is already working toward its next wave of international cartel investigations. The blockbuster auto parts...more

Suppliers Remain Cautiously Optimistic per OESA Survey

OESA recently released its Automotive Supplier Barometer for November 2014. The November Supplier barometer focused on Human Resources issues related to staffing benefits and training. The Supplier Sentiment Index (SSI) is...more

DOJ Criminal Cartel Enforcement: Six-Month Summary

This is the first in what we expect to be a series of updates on DOJ criminal actions in the cartel area. Here, we look at highlights over the last six months in the DOJ’s investigations of the auto parts industry, LIBOR, and...more

Another One Bites the Dust – Court Strikes Down Non-Solicitation Agreement as Overbroad under New York Law

The latest casualty to post-employment covenants came at the hands of a Connecticut trial court, which struck down a non-solicitation agreement under New York law as reaching beyond the legitimate business interests that...more

Maryland Court Reconsiders a Company’s Duty to Warn of Asbestos-containing Replacement Parts It Did Not Manufacture or Otherwise...

Maryland’s Court of Special Appeals recently reconsidered the duty to warn of asbestos-containing replacement parts that the defendants did not manufacture or place in the stream of commerce in Philip Royce May v. Air &...more

Recall Expands for Exploding Airbags

Defective Air Bags in Honda, Toyota, and Other Vehicles - Defective automobile parts can result in major car accidents, severe injuries and even death. The Japanese air bag manufacturer Takata, which produces air bags...more

EEOC Sues AutoZone for Harassment Based on National Origin

Hispanic Employee Subjected to Egregious Slurs and Forced to Resign, Federal Agency Charges - WILMINGTON, N.C. - AutoZoners, LLC, the company that operates AutoZone stores nationwide, unlawfully subjected a Hispanic...more

Steeda Autosports Seeks to Put the Brakes on Alleged Patent Infringement

Steeda Autosports, Inc. ("Steeda"), a Valdosta, Georgia-based company specializing in the design and manufacture of after-market parts for Ford vehicles, particularly Ford Mustangs, filed suit on August 22, 2014, in the...more

OSHA Announces Auto Industry Inspection Sweep

Alarmed by what it calls "higher than normal incidents of injuries and safety lapses," the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration has launched an inspection of auto parts plants across Alabama, Georgia and...more

Automotive Bearings Price-Fixing Allegations Survive FTAIA Defense

On August 26, 2014, the Eastern District of Michigan denied a motion by a Japanese manufacturer and its U.S.-based subsidiary (NTN Corporation and NTN USA Corporation) to dismiss the direct and indirect purchaser complaints...more

Opportunities and Challenges for Suppliers in Mexico

Last week the Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA) hosted an event entitled “Supplier Opportunities and Challenges in Mexico” that I attended. It was a great program as always by OESA, and I wanted to share some of...more

Auto Parts Investigations Require Effective Antitrust Compliance Programs to Limit the On-going Risk

Steady as clockwork, auto parts investigations around the globe are continuing. These investigations have exposed wide-ranging price fixing conspiracies. Prosecutors rely on well-organized global enforcement cooperation,...more

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