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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

Missouri AG Action Indicates Focus On Auto Service Contracts

On January 28, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced a settlement with the owners of a vehicle extended-service-contract seller alleged to have marketed limited-time extend warranty programs for vehicles. The AG...more

Summary of California Ignition Interlock Device laws enacted in 2010

On July 1st, 2010, the California legislature implemented an ignition interlock device or IID pilot program to run through December 31st, 2015. The new legislation required all individuals convicted of 1st or repeat offense...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

Tennessee Law Signed by Governor Haslam Allows Handgun Permit Holders to Carry Guns in their Cars

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed a bill on March 14, 2013, that allows handgun carry permit holders to transport and store firearms and ammunition anywhere in their vehicles, with certain restrictions. The new law is...more

State Law Update: Georgia Eliminates Double Taxation On Auto Leases

On March 5, Georgia enacted HB 266, which, among other things, eliminates a monthly sales tax on auto leases. The bill responds to a 2012 overhaul of the state’s tax code that mistakenly created a double tax on car leases,...more

Tennessee House passes guns-in-cars bill

Originally published in the Tennessee Employment Law Letter on February 28, 2013. On Thursday, the Tennessee House of Representatives passed a bill permitting handgun carry permit holders to store firearms and...more

Do Laws Address Cyber-Threats to Today's Computerized Cars?

Today’s cars are computers on wheels, open to hackers who can infect cars with malware and take control of a car’s speed, braking, and other vital systems. Whether today’s laws are applicable to these cyber-threats was the...more

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