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Increase in Vertical Price Restraint Enforcement in China

In recent months, Chinese anti-monopoly enforcement actions scrutinizing and penalizing pricing-related issues have noticeably increased. A growing number of foreign companies in consumer-facing industries have received...more

“Auto-Pilot” May Not Be Perfect, But It May Be Better

Virtually every day there are media reports regarding the introduction of driverless cars to mainstream consumers. As driverless cars rapidly accelerate from concept to commercialization, it is becoming increasingly apparent...more

Product Safety and Liability Prevention

When companies make products that are not safe, they automatically increase their liabilities. This is not in anyone’s interest. Costs increase. Bad PR increases. Good will is lost. Insurance rates go up. And, most...more

Electric-Vehicle Infrastructure: Fertile Ground for P3’s

In 2006, the documentary “Who Killed the Electric Car?” hit the theaters. Ten years later, there remains substantial disagreement on the answer to that question, but one truth has emerged: the electric car lives again. As...more

Could the Flying Car Finally Take Off?

Autonomous vehicles have been hailed as the solution to overcrowded roads and their impact on America’s aging infrastructure. However, recent accidents involving automated vehicles have some wondering if having less cars on...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.20.16

We’ve heard about VW’s $15 billion settlement to resolve US claims by owners and regulators, but a spate of recent state AG-led actions shows that the fallout from the emissions cheating scandal is far from over. NY, MA, and...more

FTC Consent Order Creates Uncertainty for Advertising of Credit, Lease Offers

A recent Federal Trade Commission (FTC) consent order with two Ohio auto dealers creates uncertainty not only for auto dealers, but also for all other businesses advertising credit or lease offers. The order settled...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.19.16

The Carlyle Group is staring down the barrel of a $1 billion civil lawsuit by the failed Carlyle Capital Corp.’s liquidators over the 2008 collapse of the mortgage-bond fund. The trial’s taking place in Guernsey, a British...more

Gear Up for Driverless Cars: A Moment to Reflect, Collaborate and Innovate

The recent fatal accident in Florida involving a Tesla with its “Autopilot” technology reportedly engaged has put even more eyes on the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) as it works on regulatory guidance. NHTSA...more

Hidden Threats to Your Supply Chain

In 1997, during a period of peak demand, a factory fire at Aisin Seiki Co., one of Toyota's key suppliers, shut down production of P-valves, a small but vital component in Toyota's braking systems. Toyota, champion of...more

CFPB’s Supervisory Highlights Regarding Auto Lending

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) recently issued its Supervisory Highlights – Issue 12, Summer 2016 report, addressing, among other industries, automobile origination. The report reflects supervisory...more

CFPB Appears Poised to Increase Its Focus on Auto Lending

The CFPB utilizes a risk-based analysis in its approach to its supervisory and enforcement efforts. The Bureau's risk-based approach includes factors such as the potential risk to a consumer from products offered in the...more

Why Should the Automotive Industry Care About Intellectual Property?

With the technological innovation of vehicle safety evolving rapidly, the world just may experience flying and talking cars as seen in the Disney Pixar film Cars. Intellectual property will continue to play an essential role...more

Tesla Autopilot Crash — Limitations of advancing vehicle technology

The first known death caused by a vehicle being operated in autopilot mode was reported by automaker Tesla Motors last month. This seriously highlights the potential shortcomings of vehicles that operate without human input....more

Will Fatal Self-Driving Crash Put the Brakes on Autonomous Vehicles?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is handling a full load of safety recalls and investigations these days, including the investigation of a fatal crash involving Tesla’s Autopilot system. On May 7, a man was...more

Connected Cars and Self-Driving Cars: Not on Auto Pilot in Terms of Legal Risks

The next car you buy may not need you in the driver’s seat. While the self-driving car may be rolling up to your driveway soon, there are still many issues related to legal risks that do not seem to be on auto pilot. Whether...more

Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems: When the Bubble Bursts

Since 2008, tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMSs) have been mandatory in passenger cars, which include SUVs. As early as 2006, however, 30 percent of new passenger cars were already equipped with TPMSs. A TPMS alerts the...more

Proving Your Case: Important Documents For Accident Victims

A lawyer for a car accident claim needs to properly document medical care and prove pain and suffering to justify a fair award. The sooner the victim begins collecting the documents, the better....more

First Fatality Signals Bumpy Road to Autonomous Vehicle Development

Tesla Motors acknowledged in a press release last week the first known fatal crash involving a vehicle operating in semi-autonomous mode. The report comes at a pivotal time for the automotive industry, with states beginning...more

City Transportation Officials Weigh-in on Automated Vehicles

Then National Association of City Transportation Officials (“NACTO”) released its policy recommendations for automated vehicles on June 23, 2016. Although much of the discussion to date has focused on the safety and...more

3D Printing Quarterly Report - Q2 2016

3D printer shipments in U.S. jump 20% in 2015: IDC - International Data Corp (IDC) research found 3D printer shipments in the U.S. grew by almost 20% in 2015 compared to 2014. Looking ahead, 3D printer shipments in the...more

VW ‘Dieselgate’ Settlement Benefit Consumers, Environment

News of “Dieselgate” broke in the Fall 2014, when vaunted vehicle-maker Volkswagen was accused of dodging federal emissions laws by rigging its automobiles so they would pass smog tests. The summer of 2015 saw the scandal...more

Battle of the Somme Week – Part IV: The VW Settlement

Today I continue my exploration of the Battle of the Somme, which began on July 1, 1916. Daniel Todman writing in the Financial Times (FT), in an article entitled “Stories of the Somme”, insightfully noted that for all the...more

Volkswagen Class Action Update

Proposed settlement filed in Volkswagen class action - The class plaintiffs, the government and VW filed a proposed settlement agreement in court yesterday. I wanted to provide you with a copy of the proposed settlement...more

Querétaro, Mexico: The Secret Automotive Hub

I write this blog post from Querétaro, Mexico, a city of two million people that I have to admit I did not even know was here until two years ago when a local lawyer reached out to introduce himself and talk about the...more

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