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CFPB announces September 18 auto finance field hearing

The CFPB has announced that it will be holding a field hearing on auto finance on September 18 in Indianapolis. The announcement indicates that the hearing will feature remarks from Director Richard Cordray, as well as...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

Parkcentral v. Porsche: Second Circuit Opens the Doors of Morrison, and Declines to Apply Section 10(b) to Domestic...

In Parkcentral Global Hub Ltd,. et al. v. Porsche Automobile Holdings SE, et al., Dkt. No. 11-397-cv (2d Cir. Aug. 15, 2014), the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the lower court’s dismissal of plaintiffs’...more

Furnishing Information to the Bureaus? Make Sure It Is Accurate

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) fined an auto lender for allegedly knowingly furnishing inaccurate consumer information to credit bureaus. The CFPB suggests that the lender used a third-party vendor that had...more

Your Car Will Be Networked to Every Other Car

Possibly as early as before the end of this decade every new car on the road will be connected to every other new car on the road. Cars may also be connected to traffic signs, traffic signals, smartphones and other devices....more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - August 2014 #5

Environmental and Policy Focus: The California Supreme Court further limits the scope of CEQA review for voter-sponsored initiatives: Allen Matkins - Aug 11: Voter-driven initiatives meeting California Elections Code...more

The Mazda 3 Lock – alleged “shoddy goods” are not always defective

Following a common issues trial solely on questions of liability, Justice Viens of the Quebec Superior Court found that there was no liability with respect to the allegedly defective locking mechanism in Mazda 3 vehicles’...more

Furnishers Beware – CFPB Signals That Civil Penalties May Be Appropriate Even Without Any Actual Consumer Injury

Yesterday, the CFPB announced a consent order with First Investors Financial Services Group, Inc., an auto finance company that both makes loans to consumers and purchases retail installment sale contracts from auto dealers....more

Will Self-Driving Cars be Accepted by Consumers?

As recently discussed on Dashboard Insights, 68% of global automotive industry executives expect self-driving cars to be on the market by 2025. While self-driving cars may be on the market within the next decade, will...more

Lender Agrees to Pay CFPB $2.75 Million Fine for Distorting Credit Records

The CFPB obtained a consent order from an auto finance company that allegedly distorted consumer credit records for years. The auto finance company, which according to the CFPB lends primarily to subprime borrowers, allegedly...more

The GPMemorandum, Issue 183

In This Issue: - Fourth Circuit Upholds Summary Judgment For Manufacturer In Exclusive Dealing Case: Despite being one of two manufacturers that control 99% of the market, E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Co. has...more

Center for Automotive Research Event - Traverse City

Automotive executives and other industry participants gathered in Traverse City this week for the annual Center for Automotive Research (CAR) Management Briefing Seminars. And, as usual, CAR put on another great show! Several...more

Protection Against Foreign Anticompetitive Automotive Supply Chain Practices Affecting U.S. Activities

Automotive industry participants may face increased costs and risk from wholly foreign anticompetitive activities far upstream in their global supply chain. Antitrust laws, like the Sherman Act, protect American markets from...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

Pin the Blame on the Corporate Officer: Senators Introduce Hide No Harm Act

Three Senate Democrats recently introduced a bill that seeks to hold company executives of a product maker or seller criminally liable for knowingly "failing to inform and warn of serious dangers" associated with a product....more

Spotlight on Privacy in the Automotive Industry

Privacy is a hot topic these days, and the automotive industry is no exception. Connected cars, in-car location services, telematics systems, event data records (black boxes), driverless cars, online consumer targeted...more

Lines Drawn In Tesla Direct Sales Battle

Elon Musk's battle to sell Teslas directly to consumers continues. In the last five months, the governors and legislatures of Pennsylvania and New Jersey and, now, even the White House, have taken stands on whether or not...more

General Motors Has Set A New Precedence For Auto Recalls This Year

General Motors (GM) has set a new precedence for auto recalls this year, as the first cavalcade of auto recalls quickly turned the safety notices into background noise ignored by many of the effected car owners. GM started...more

Northern District of California Addresses Functional Discounts, Price Discrimination Claims

In Mathew Enterprise, Inc. v. Chrysler Group, LLC, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 95522 (N.D. Cal. July 11, 2014) (Freeman, J.), the court dismissed certain Robinson-Patman Act price discrimination claims and allowed others to...more

TPP Partners at an Impasse as APEC Summit Approaches

In July, trade negotiators from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries gathered in Ottawa, meeting formally for the first time since Brunei in September 2013 to make progress on substantive issues and to reaffirm their...more

Multistate ZEV Plan Looks to Increase the Use of Zero-Emission Vehicles Through Infrastructure Development, Standardization, and...

On May 29, 2014, the ZEV Program Implementation Task Force issued a 32-page action plan detailing the efforts that eight states will undertake to increase the number of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) in use. ZEVs are battery...more

End Of The Iran Sanctions? Not So Fast…

After the Joint Plan of Action (JPOA) was signed last November by Iran and the P5+1 nations, many U.S. companies asked whether they could reestablish business relationships with Iran. That was a fair question, but...more

Ministry of Finance Auto Review

The Ministry of Finance has engaged the accounting firm KPMG to provide annual reports to the government in 2014 and 2015 on a variety of issues relating to auto insurance, including the effect of the 2010 changes on the...more

Take Off Every Zig: The Risk in Tesla’s “All Our Patent Are Belong to You” Message

With a title parodying a classic Internet meme, Elon Musk announced on June 12, 2014, that “Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology.” Musk plans to continue...more

Auto Repair Shop Antitrust Actions May Be Consolidated into Multidistrict Litigation

Over the course of the last several months, auto body repair shops in five states (Florida, Mississippi, Indiana, Utah and Tennessee) filed antitrust actions against a collection of auto insurers, alleging that the insurers’...more

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