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Privacy Tip #52 – Sharing Your Information with Your Rental Car

I travel a lot and frequently rent cars in cities all over the country. Those of you who know me, (and my husband and children will attest), know that I will not ask for directions. I am definitely more like a man than a...more

DUI Defense Lawyer | DUI For a Busted Tail light?

How can they charge me with DUI when I was stopped for a busted tail light? Before becoming an Arizona DUI defense lawyer, I was a police officer for several years and received specialized training in DUI enforcement....more

Third Circuit: The Repossession of Your Car as Collateral on a Usurious Loan is Not an FDCPA Violation

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently held that a repossession company did not violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”) when it repossessed the defaulting debtor’s car, even though the loan...more

Presentation Recap: Car Wars

“A [not so] long time ago in an automotive industry [not] far, far away,” John Murphy, Research Analyst for Merrill Lynch delivered his popular annual “Car Wars” presentation in Detroit on May 10th. This was the 26th year of...more

On the Road: Safer Rental Cars

A mind boggling number of cars are on the recall list for safety problems – including about 34 million American vehicles for defective Takata airbags alone. Additionally, last year was a record for the National Highway...more

Best Practices for Handling Vehicle Event Data Recorders

Event data recorders, also known as “black boxes” or “sensing diagnostic modules,” capture information such as the speed of a vehicle and the use of a safety belt. In the event of a collision this information can be used to...more

Auto Industry Record Breaking Sales Close Out 2015

The automotive industry ended 2015 with a bang, breaking the record with nearly 17.5 million sales of cars and light trucks. This tops the previous record of 17.35 million cars in 2000. In all, American consumers spent $570...more

Latest DMCA Triennial Review Permits Jailbreaking, Video Game Preservation, And More

Most readers of this blog are well-acquainted with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and the anti-circumvention provisions codified therein, 17 U.S.C. § 1201 et seq., which prohibit the circumvention of...more

The Maturing of China's Auto Market

The Center for Automotive Research held its 50th anniversary Management Briefing Seminars event last week in Traverse City, Michigan. The theme of the conference was “Competition Rules!” and featured an in-depth look at the...more

Just How "American-Made" is Your Car?

We think that we know where our car is made. Turns out, we might not be so right. The more globalized the automotive industry becomes with each passing day, the harder it is to identify an “American-Made” car.

You Should Know - June 2015

In This Issue: - What Are Lemons? - Your Rights - Avoid a Lemon - Excerpt from Is This Your Car? - Your Rights and How to Avoid a Lemon: If you buy a pair of jeans at the GAP that don’t fit, you...more

Oklahoma employer not responsible for workplace prank

Car dealerships must be a Mecca for pranks. The combination of substantial periods of downtime with a lively sales staff leads to workplace fun. But what happens when things turn ugly, and someone gets hurt? Does the employer...more

Ninth Circuit: Ordinance Criminalizing Living in Car Is Unconstitutionally Vague

If you eat, talk on the phone, and escape the rain in your car, are you using the car “as living quarters either overnight, day-by-day, or otherwise?” What if you load up the car with personal belongings for a camping...more

Not Everyone Can Run Elon Musk’s Playbook

If anything, Musk’s letter actually underscores the need for a cohesive patent strategy at the outset, when large competitors can easily copy your efforts....more

Why Tesla’s Patent Move May Standardize Electric Cars, Not Patent Strategies

This is a once in a century technological leap, and I think Tesla needs to force itself to be the standard (by making this free licensing move) if the company is going to have longevity....more

Why Did Elon Musk Open Up Tesla's Patents to the Competition?

We asked IP attorneys writing on JD Supra what to make of recent news that Tesla Motors will be opening up its patents to spur innovation in the electric car field. Here's what we heard back from Joshua Cohen, partner at...more

Vicarious Liability of Motor Vehicle Lessors in Canada

The equipment finance industry breathed a sigh of relief when Federal legislation was enacted in 2005 preempting state laws imposing vicarious liability on lessors of motor vehicles. That relief may have been premature if the...more

NHTSA’s “Look Before You Lock” Campaign

It’s something we hear about every year in Florida as the temperatures heat up – children left unattended in a locked vehicle by a caretaker who simply forgot. Dying of heatstroke is a preventable tragedy that only takes...more

N.C. Court of Appeals Upholds Use of Zoning Powers Against Landlords to Regulate Parking By Tenants

Pretty, Huh? Chapel Hill, North Carolina is a beautiful town like any other beautiful town. It has restaurants and parks and movie theaters and many renting and owning residents. But Chapel Hill is also a college...more

Can A GPS Result In TMI?

The answer is “yes” – tracking employees by using Global Positioning Systems (GPS) can give an employer too much information (TMI). Surreptitious Surveillance In 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court held (in the case of U.S....more

Pa. Amendments to Installment Sales Statutes Require Attention

Changes to two Pennsylvania statutes governing installment sales will take effect on November 27, 2014, as a result of House Bill 1128, signed into law by Governor Corbett as Act No. 2013-98 (Act 98). Act 98 repeals the...more

Automotive Industry on Track for Most Sales Since 2007

Those tracking sales for Automakers got good news from July. This continues a positive trend that we noted recently. Strong sales now project to hit levels not seen since 2007....more

Arizona’s Bankruptcy Exemptions Go Up! And Why You Should Care

Today was a pretty exciting day…if you are a bankruptcy attorney in Arizona. In fact, if you are needing to file bankruptcy and you live in the great state of Arizona you should be excited as well. Or at a minimum slightly...more

Tennessee Passes Guns in Trunks Law

On March 14, 2013, Tennessee Governor Haslam signed the so-called “Guns in Trunks” law, which will go into effect July 1, 2013. The new law, which will be codified as T.C.A § 39-17-1313, states that handgun-carry permit...more

Burr Alert: Proposed Legislation Would Allow Employees To Possess Firearms In Privately Owned Vehicles On Employer’s Property

Alabama Senate Bill 286 passed the Alabama Senate by a vote of 28-5 on April 4, 2013. If enacted, the law would result in some major changes for private employers and private property owners relating to the storage and...more

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