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Vehicle Event Data Recorders

by Bryan Cave on

Event data recorders, also known as “black boxes” or “sensing diagnostic modules,” capture information such as the speed of a vehicle and the use of a safety belt. In the event of a collision this information can be used to...more

Rejection Junction What’s Your Function

It’s happened to every dealer, more so in the last eight or so years than ever – the lender has approved funding; the RISC has been signed by the customer and dealer, and assigned by the dealer to the lender; the title work...more

ROADBLOCK IN PLACE: Court Grants Limited Preliminary Injunction in Waymo v. Uber

Imagine preparing for that big meeting on your way to work, while you ride along in your car—without the need for a driver. What sounds like it might be out of a sci-fi movie, may actually be the not-so-distant future. Such...more

Minimize the Risk of External Whistleblower Activity

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

External whistleblower activity can be very costly in the auto industry. As the industry continues to develop, prevention of whistleblower claims will only grow in importance. It’s an issue that can impact every company...more

The Future of High Tech Patent Litigation in the Auto Industry

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The rapid adoption of new technologies by the auto industry and the new players that provide them is going to have an impact on the world’s roads. It’s also bringing an increased focus on exploiting and protecting...more

Safe Spherical Tires of the Future: Levitation, Sensors and Biomimicry

by Howard Ankin on

The old saying goes “don’t reinvent the wheel,” but Goodyear has done just that. The 118-year-old company has created a spherical, levitation-mounted, sensor-monitored, biomimicry-designed concept tire that, in theory, could...more

5 Measures International Auto Companies Can Take to Avoid Being Named in an ITC Complaint

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The Automotive Industry is international. That’s no secret. It crosses continents in its industry shows and its proud place in furious pop-culture films. More practically, many companies that operate within the industry have...more

A Dealership’s Guide To Sexual Orientation Discrimination In The Workplace

by Fisher Phillips on

Following the landmark 2015 Supreme Court decision making same-sex marriage legal across the country, federal courts have grappled with determining which types of claims are actionable under the “sex” provision of Title VII,...more

Closing the Door on Hybrid Product Defect/Fraud Claims

On April 13, 2017, in Azoulai v. BMW of N. Am. LLC (Case No. 16-cv-00589), the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California dismissed a proposed consumer fraud class action against BMW of North America LLC...more

Florida Court Extends Privacy Rights to Vehicle Black Box

In a case of first impression, the Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal held that police need a warrant to search a vehicle’s black box or event data recorder (EDR)....more

Autonomous Vehicles: Job Killer?

by LeClairRyan on

According to the 2014 Census data, more than 4.4 million Americans work as drivers. Will autonomous vehicles kill most of these driver required jobs? With the growth and advancement in autonomous vehicle technologies, many...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Italy’s Alitalia has filed for bankruptcy yet again, the third filing in less than a decade, and it’s home country looks far less likely to bail out the troubled carrier this time around....more

New Intellectual Property Considerations and Risks for Autonomous Vehicles

by Jones Day on

In recent years, carmakers and suppliers have significantly increased the number of patent applications they file in the United States and abroad, but patent protection may not always be the right tool. Trade secret...more

Eyes on the Road Ahead: Product Liability Outlook for Autonomous Vehicles

by Jones Day on

What product liability hazards lie in the road ahead for manufacturers of autonomous, automated, and connected vehicles and their suppliers? And how can auto manufacturers and suppliers plan for and mitigate that product...more

17 Measures Every Company Should Consider to Reduce the Risk of Cyber-Intrusions

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The cars we drive to work every day run primarily on computers that collect thousands of data points. Same goes for the factory that manufactured them and the company that designed and sold them. This evolution makes...more

Tesla “Franchisee” Thwarted in Utah

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Tesla, the electric vehicle automaker, recently lost a round in the Supreme Court of Utah. Tesla set up a wholly-owned subsidiary called “Tesla UT” that was to hold a license to sell Tesla’s cars to the public. The Utah...more

Self-Driving Vehicles Keep Getting Closer to Reality

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Multiple developments recently demonstrate that self-driving vehicles continue their steady march to potential world domination. First, there was Apple meeting the application requirements for autonomous vehicle testing in...more

UK: FCA General Insurance and Protection Sector Views 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

The FCA has outlined the current trends, risks and its overall assessment of the General Insurance sector in its 2017 Sector Views, published last week.  ...more

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

Is your Motor Vehicle Loan Safe? Part 2: North Carolina

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

This article is a follow up to Bruce Wallace’s April 13, 2017 update, "Is your Motor Vehicle Loan Safe?" regarding how insurance policies may not protect the credit union’s lien. Specifically, Mr. Wallace’s update dealt with...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

The 2017 Automotive Mergers and Acquisitions Outlook

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

As we stand here in early 2017, we are further away from the all-time high in valuations and deal activity that we witnessed in 2015; but despite signs that the extended expansion cycle for the industry may be plateauing,...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

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

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

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