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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

Recent NJ Appellate Court Decision Indicative of Continuing Uncertainty Regarding Personal Jurisdiction Over Foreign Manufacturers...

The past few years have seen the United States Supreme Court issue a number of important decisions on the subject of personal jurisdiction. For example, the Court’s decisions in Daimler AG v. Bauman, 134 S. Ct. 746 (2014) and...more

Federal Register Publishes Proposed Rule On CFPB Oversight Of Nonbank Auto Finance Companies

On October 8, the CFPB published a rule proposing oversight of larger nonbank auto finance companies for the first time at the federal level. The proposed rule will “amend the regulation defining larger participants of...more

Goodbye Mr. Millikin: GM’s Continuing Culture Challenges

The GM debacle over its handling of the ignition switch defect continues. GM’s CEO Mary Barra and the rest of GM’s leadership just do not seem to be getting the message. It is not unusual for C-Suite executives to lead from...more

Market for Collision-Avoidance Technology Booms as Cars Become Smarter

Many mass-market vehicles include sensors and cameras to assist motorists with parking and backing up, and some models even include lane change assist and smart cruise control to maintain a safe distance from traffic ahead....more

CFPB Proposes Expanded Auto Lenders Regulation

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) recent proposal to exercise its authority under the Dodd-Frank Act to supervise large nonbank automobile lenders may have finance companies working to enforce...more

PTAB - Ford is not barred from challenging a patent on a hybrid vehicle based on the unproven assertion that it breached an...

In Ford Motor Company v. Paice LLC & The Abell Foundation, Inc., Ford filed a petition seeking inter partes review of U.S. Patent No. 8,214,097 relating to a hybrid vehicle having, among other things, both an internal...more

Automobile Technology- Set to Change the Face of Liability Litigation

Google recently announced its first truly driverless vehicle. Google’s vehicle allows an individual to “drive” a car while never touching the steering wheel. It is completely autonomous. It is sure to be the first of many...more

"Turning Up the Heat" – Organizing Efforts in the South

It is no coincidence that the incredible resurgence of manufacturing in the Southeastern United States occurred in the absence of unionized facilities. Automotive, aerospace, and appliance manufacturers have flocked to the...more

Polsinelli Podcasts - Removing Caps on Punitive Damages: What is the Impact on Business? [Video]

Time will reveal the impact from the Missouri Supreme Court’s decision to remove caps on punitive damages. Some say it could either be helpful for consumers or a deterrent to job creation. Recently, the court ruled that a...more

Combating Unfair Competition: The Convergence of China’s Antitrust and Anti-Graft Enforcement Activities

Recent investigations and high profile convictions highlight the ongoing crackdown by China’s authorities against anti-competitive conduct. In their efforts to combat unfair competition, Chinese authorities have used both...more

Expect tort potholes for self-driving cars

While self-driving cars have the potential to significantly reduce auto accidents and injuries, autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles do not fit neatly into the current motor vehicle and insurance regulatory regimes....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

Federal Circuit Upholds Inequitable Conduct Post Therasense For Withheld Information

In American Calcar, Inc. v. American Honda Motor Co., the Federal Circuit upheld the district court’s finding that three Calcar patents are unenforceable due to inequitable conduct. Both courts reached this decision of...more

Renewable Energy Update -- October 2014

Renewable Energy Focus - DOE study finds U.S. wind power industry competitive on a global scale: REVE - Sep 20: The Global Wind Network recently completed an Energy Department (DOE) funded study that took a critical...more

Connected Cars – legal issues and hurdles!

Connected cars are expected to generate $ 131.9 billion by 2019 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 34.7% from 2013 to 2019. But such growth shall face legal issues that not only affect data protection matters, but...more

NHTSA's September Scrutiny

September was a difficult month for NHTSA. During one week alone, a New York Times article blasted NHTSA for failing to investigate a number of defects that later resulted in injuries and fatalities and, ultimately, recalls;...more

The Connecticut Supreme Court restricts the plaintiff’s ability to rely on the “Malfunction Doctrine” to support a Product...

A recent decision handed down by the Connecticut Supreme Court may significantly impact the way product liability lawsuits are litigated within the state of Connecticut in the future. In a products liability case, the...more

Trademark Review - La Quinta Hotels, Kia, and Fab Again (September 2014)

Co-Existence Outside of the U.S. Might be Relevant to Obtaining a Permanent Injunction in U.S. La Quinta has operated LA QUINTA hotels and motels in the United States since 1968. Quinta Real operates QUINTA...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

Court Rejects Exhibit Lists and Objections That Would "Require a Judge to Shovel Through Steaming Mounds of Objections" and Orders...

As this patent infringement action headed to trial, the district court scolded both parties for their exhibit lists and, in particular, the objections to the exhibit lists. The district court explained that "Affinity has...more

NextEnergy: Incubating Technology for Tomorrow's Homes and Cars

Two major forces are reshaping the cars that people will drive in coming years: the push to create a smarter (and eventually, even an autonomous) car, and the push for better fuel efficiency. Smarter cars are seen as a way to...more

The Second Circuit Limits the Power of Courts to Enforce Asset Restraints and Discovery Orders Against Foreign Banks: Tiffany (NJ)...

In Tiffany (NJ) LLC v. China Merchants Bank and Gucci America, Inc. v. Bank of China, the US Second Circuit Court of Appeals issued important rulings, confirming that the limits on the exercise of US general jurisdiction, set...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

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