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Privacy Shield Rejected, GDPR Approved - What This Means to Automotive Organizations

The European Union Article 29 Working Party (Article 29) issued an opinion on the proposed EU-U.S. Privacy Shield framework agreement (Privacy Shield) last month, stating that although the Privacy Shield was a “great step...more

Michigan Law’s Autonomous Vehicles Conference: Legal and Regulatory Hurdles to Deployment

Earlier this month, I attended a conference at the University of Michigan Law School: Autonomous Vehicles: Legal and Regulatory Hurdles to Deployment. It was a good excuse to go embrace all of the nostalgia that comes from...more

Iowa Governor Signs Bill to Amend Motor Vehicle Purchase Agreement Requirements

On April 13, Governor Terry Branstad signed into law SF 2228, the Motor Vehicle Records and Dealer Licensing Act. The act amends Chapter 321 of Iowa Code 2016 to, among other things, require that the full price of the...more

Drive to Regulate Auto Lenders Continues With $7.4M Deal

The latest regulator to take on an auto lender: Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey reached a $7.4 million deal with American Credit Acceptance LLC (ACA) and Westlake Services LLC over allegations of excessive...more

The Auto Industry’s Safety Whistleblower Program: What You Need To Know

The Motor Vehicle Safety Whistleblower Program that originally passed through the U.S. Senate last summer but stalled in the House of Representatives has finally been signed into law by President Obama as part of the Fixing...more

The Race to Regulate Autonomous Vehicles is On

While the potential benefits of automated vehicles are receiving well-deserved attention, there is significant uncertainty as to what the regulatory framework will look like for this exciting technology — particularly from an...more

Alabama Bill Expands Definition of Vehicle Service Contract

On April 4, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley signed into law HB 7, which amends Section 8-32-2 of the Code of Alabama. Specifically, the bill defines road hazard and expands the definition of a vehicle service contract to...more

The President Agrees: Cybersecurity Must Include Your Car

For those of us who watch the automotive industry, the most interesting name on the list of appointees to President Barack Obama’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity was Joe Sullivan. Why Mr. Sullivan? Because he...more

NHTSA’s Claimed Jurisdiction Over Software and Applications May Stifle Innovation

Motor vehicle technology is rapidly changing to enhance safety and provide navigation, mobility, and accessibility solutions for drivers. Manufacturer-installed automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot...more

International Monetary Fund’s Forecast for Global Economy Cools

Even as experts are signaling caution in their outlook for the automotive sector, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is lowering its forecast of economic growth for this year. In its April 2016 report, the IMF reduced...more

Chicago Auto Accident Lawyer Offers Praise for Emergency Braking Initiative

Following an announcement by twenty automakers, the auto accident lawyers at Katz, Friedman, Eagle, Eisenstein, Johnson & Bareck are hailing the initiative as one of the biggest breakthroughs in automotive safety in recent...more

New Safety Technology Protects Drivers

Over the last decade, auto safety has evolved from basic safety features like seat belt warning signals and child safety locks to high-tech safety features that are preventing accidents and protecting drivers. As auto safety...more

FTC Releases 2015 Annual Highlights

On April 6, the FTC released its 2015 Annual Highlights report, which is comprised of four key sections: (i) enforcement; (ii) policy; (iii) education; and (iv) stats and data. Regarding enforcement highlights in 2015, the...more

Automakers Report Increased March U.S. Sales, But is the Pace of Growth Slowing?

Automakers closed out the first quarter with a 3 percent increase over last year’s March sales and 1.59 million cars sold. Some highlights of the 2016 versus 2015 sales numbers include...more

Did You Order Your Tesla Model 3?

If you did not order your Tesla Model 3, it might feel like you are the only one. In just the first weekend, Tesla got 276,000 orders. That is a pretty astounding number. It is even more impressive when you consider that the...more

Sensor system technology to track a driver’s every move

A new, proprietary sensor system technology has arrived on the market that can track drivers using cameras and sensors, including whether the driver is speeding or turning without signaling, or even data such as the driver’s...more

European Commissioner for Transport Focuses on Connected Cars as Part of Continuing Road Safety Strategy

In 2010, the EU set an ambitious goal of halving traffic deaths in 2020. As part of these ongoing efforts to increase road safety, on Thursday the European Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc published a report on road...more

Liability and Autonomous Vehicles

As a trial lawyer who handles a lot of automotive disputes and product liability claims, I get asked more and more, “when an autonomous vehicle has an accident, who will be liable?” People – clients, contacts, business...more

Car hackings and vulnerabilities update (Jeep/Fiat + GM)

Jeep/Fiat has been sued by a putative class alleging that they were harmed as a result of researchers’ ability to hack into a Jeep and take control of it. Jeep/Fiat filed a motion to dismiss, stating that the owners suffered...more

MMPA Watch - Advertising Puffery Found Non-Actionable in Hurst v. Nissan

The Missouri Court of Appeals recently overturned a jury verdict under the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act (MMPA) against Nissan North America, Inc., arising out statements made by Nissan in the advertising and promotion...more

NHTSA Issues Recommended Best Practices for Protective Orders and Settlement Agreements in Private Litigation

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) last week issued “Enforcement Guidance Bulletin 2015-01: Recommended Best Practices for Protective Orders and Settlement Agreements in Civil Litigation,” which is...more

NHTSA Reflects Willingness of US Regulatory Authorities to Embrace Autonomous Vehicles

Last month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicated it was taking an adaptive policy to address and encourage the fast-paced development of autonomous vehicles. The NHTSA develops and interprets...more

FBI and Traffic Safety Administration issue warning about car hackings

On March 21, 2016, the FBI and the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a public safety announcement outlining the dangers of cars getting hacked. The announcement follows the media reporting about...more

Old is New: History Repeats Itself

You may recall that in late 2011, we published the article, “Five Persistent Trends Affecting Automobile Dealers.” While the specifics may have changed, many of the trends continue to persist and affect dealers. This is a...more

The State of Our Autonomy is... Moving Fast, Optimistic and Filled with Regulatory Questions

Cities Need to Climb on Board or Be Left Behind - Car manufacturers are pressuring lawmakers to develop a federal regulatory framework for a world where automated vehicles are a reality and not just science fiction. This...more

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