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Lessons Learned and Compliance Trends from the VW and Takata Scandals (Part III of III)

by Michael Volkov on

When unraveling a major corporate scandal, especially multi-year schemes involving senior executives, the blame game or lessons learned approach can easily turn into a fruitless exercise. The VA and Takata scandals are...more

Takata – Criminal Airbag Scheme and Innocent Consumer Harm (Part II of III)

by Michael Volkov on

In my continuing review of corporate misconduct in the automobile industry, today we examine the Takata Corporation scandal for its airbag scheme. Takata is a manufacturer and supplier of automotive safety equipment. It...more

Looming Takata Bankruptcy Presents Risk and Uncertainty to Trade Creditors

by Varnum LLP on

In the latest sign of the Takata Corporation airbag fall-out, on December 26, 2016 BMW announced that it will recall nearly 200,000 of its cars in China with Takata airbags. Takata and its 19 OEM customers face potential...more

U.S. DOT Moving Closer to Certification of Driverless Cars

by Cozen O'Connor on

Motor vehicle design continues to make significant technological leaps incorporating a number of automated features, with many manufacturers pioneering the concept of driverless cars. What was once the stuff of science...more

Takata Exploding Airbag Claims Another Young Life

A Texas teenager, Huma Hanif was killed when the Takata airbag in her Honda Civic exploded as a result of a crash. Since 2011, the Honda Civic has been recalled multiple times. According to the victim’s family, they have...more

Auto Manufacturers Continue Airbag Recalls

by Howard Ankin on

Every year millions of lives are saved all around the world by the successful deployment of airbags, but when those devices fail, serious injuries occur. In April 2014, Takata, one of the largest manufacturers of airbags in...more

California Court Gives Ford SUV Tailgate Class the Boot

by Carlton Fields on

Plaintiffs from California, New Jersey, and Florida claimed their 2002-2005 Ford Explorers, Mercury Mountaineers, and Lincoln Aviators suffered from a common design defect: the plastic appliqué just below the flip-glass on...more

Kentucky Supreme Court Sets Forth Helpful Principles On Liability For Punitive Damages

Cases in which an appellate court holds that a state’s standard for punitive liability was not satisfied even though there was sufficient evidence to support liability for the underlying causes of action are regrettably rare....more

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