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Ohio Appeals Court Dents Plaintiffs’ Class Certification Motion

Four independent auto body shops sued Progressive Casualty Insurance Company in state court in Cleveland. Their gripe? They claimed that they repaired Progressive-covered vehicles but that Progressive tortiously interfered...more

What Is the Impact of NHTSA Automated Vehicle Policy on Transportation Liability?

On September 19, 2016, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a Policy regarding automated vehicles. NHTSA issued the Policy for the purpose of providing guidance to the states,...more

Cybersecurity Guidelines for Vehicles

With the prevalence and increasing severity of cyber-attacks, and in the wake of the recent, massive denial of service attack on Dyn, there is a growing public awareness of the potential risks associated with security...more

More Auto Companies Bet on Car-Sharing

Auto companies around the world have announced partnerships with car-sharing companies, or created their own car-sharing platforms. Toyota announced in October that it is investing in car-sharing service Getaround....more

What Will Car Companies Look Like in the Future?

As we have written about before, what is an “automotive” company is changing. We have also written how companies like Uber, Lyft may disrupt the automotive industry. We have even considered what might be the focus of OEM’s...more

Brexit: What’s Ahead? Let the Games Begin

This is the fourth in an ongoing series of Dashboard Insights blog posts on the implications of the June 23, 2016 voter referendum in the United Kingdom (“UK”) to exit the European Union (“EU”) (“Brexit”). Prior articles...more

Tuesday’s GOP Wins May Put the Brakes on the CFPB’s Controversial Oversight of Auto Lending

The CFPB’s imposition of its auto lending guidelines, and use of its admittedly flawed proxy-methodology to determine discriminatory lending in auto finance, may come to an end under the GOP controlled White House and...more

Post-Election Outlook: A New, Unpredictable World

In a shock to investors and political analysts around the world, Donald J. Trump won the 2016 Presidential election, putting the Republican Party in charge of the White House and Congress for the first time in a decade. Even...more

Autonomous Vehicles and the Internet of Things

This is our second post in a row regarding autonomous vehicles, otherwise referred to as driverless cars. As we noted last week, driverless cars are no longer an idea of the future or science-fiction. Very soon they will...more

IP Part 3: Enforcing Your Intellectual Property

"We are certainly flattered by your affection for the brand" - Christy Susman made news for her surprisingly kind words to Patrick Wensink, author of Broken Piano for President, in a cease-and-desist letter after...more

DOT Invites Public Comment on Cybersecurity Best Practices for Modern Vehicles

Public comments on the proposal are due by November 28; guidance will influence automotive cybersecurity practices. Increasingly “connected” automobiles bring convenience and other benefits to drivers and passengers, but...more

Kansas AG Settles With Auto Credit Company For Improperly Disclaiming Warranties

On August 19, 2016, the Kansas Attorney General announced a settlement with a Michigan-based auto credit company for “improperly disclaiming warranties in contracts with Kansas consumers in violation of the Kansas Consumer...more

Automotive Supplier Industry Gathers with "Industry at a Crossroads"

The Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA), the leading U.S. trade group representing automotive suppliers, convened its 2016 Annual Conference on November 2nd under the theme: “The Industry at a Crossroads.” The...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

In a closely watched battle over the DOL’s new fiduciary rule for retirement account investment advisers, the Labor Department has scored an early first victory. A DC federal judge ruled late last week that the rule at issue...more

Autonomous Vehicle Business Models: How Will You ‘Own’ One?

Google, Uber, and several major automakers are working to bring autonomous vehicles (i.e. self-driving cars) to the marketplace. In mid-October 2016, Tesla announced that three of its models will be fitted with all the...more

"Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - October 2016"

In this edition of our Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, we take a look at the FCC's new rules for broadband privacy, the FTC's new playbook for data breach response and notification, the NHTSA's voluntary guidance for...more

Are You Allowed to Jailbreak Your Car? As of Today, the Answer is Yes.

Modern automobiles are operated by dozens of computers, known as Electronic Control Units or ECUs, which control almost all of the main functions in a vehicle, including engine control, fuel efficiency, and breaking. The...more

Yet Another Micro-Unit Victory, NLRB Refuses to Review Decision Certifying Service Technicians-Only Bargaining Unit

In the midst of what appears to be a proliferation of “micro-units,” on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, the NLRB declined to reconsider its decision to certify a unit of 14 service technicians employed by the Buena Park Honda...more

A Self-Driving Car for $8,000 (well, sort of)!!

While much work still needs to be completed to validate the self-driving features and confirm all the necessary regulatory approvals, Tesla will offer purchasers the ability to order a self-driving capability package when...more

Tech & Car Companies Resist California's Proposed Autonomous Vehicle Rules

A who’s who of the automotive and tech sector reacted with concern at the state of California’s proposed rules for autonomous vehicles. Among other things, the companies were not happy that what the United States made...more

European Union Posts September Car Sales Record, Asian Markets Continue to Grow

New car sales in Europe grew by 7.3% in September, marking a new record for September. This growth continued despite concerns over Brexit. In the first nine months of 2016, European Union passenger auto registrations grew by...more

Picking Up Speed: DOT Releases Guidance on Automated Vehicles

New NHTSA guidance represents the federal government’s first attempt to develop a comprehensive regulatory structure for automated vehicles. This transformative technology offers vast promises and significant concerns...more

DOT Issues Proposed Cybersecurity Guidance to Automotive Industry

Vehicle-related cyber incidents could have devastating and deadly effects, particularly as cars and trucks become more highly automated and rely more heavily on wireless technologies. To combat this threat, the U.S....more

Landmark Decision Issued by the Italian Supreme Court in the Automotive Sector

A resounding judicial victory was scored in Italy this fall by Bryan Cave’s affiliated office (“SILS”) on behalf of the Volkswagen Group. The Supreme Court of Italy (“Corte di Cassazione”) rejected all claims brought...more

DOT Issues Proposed Cybersecurity Guidance for Auto Industry

On Monday, October 24, 2016, the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued proposed cybersecurity guidance to the auto industry, including auto manufacturers and designers...more

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