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A Busy Year for NHTSA Enforcement and Rulemaking

This promises to be one of NHTSA’s busiest years for enforcement and rulemaking activity. NHTSA is expected to continue its aggressive enforcement, sparked by GM’s massive ignition switch recall and the flood of follow-on...more

Credit Crunch Digest -- August 2014

This issue of the Credit Crunch Digest focuses on Libor yen manipulation; Bank of America’s nearly $17 billion settlement with regulators; ongoing investigations into “dark pool” trading; a $1.3 billion fine imposed on Bank...more

Fatal accident leads to another claim against GM

Alabama residents may be interested to learn that GM is facing yet another wrongful death lawsuit that was recently filed in another state, following the 2012 death of a man driving a 2011 Chevrolet Express 2500 van. The suit...more

The Absence of a CECO and the GM Fiasco

This is a posting that I have wanted to write since the GM scandal occurred. I have to start with a rhetorical question – Would the GM debacle have occurred if GM had an independent and empowered Chief Ethics and Compliance...more

Now Up to 29 Million GM Vehicles Recalled

During the first quarter of 2014, General Motors sent shockwaves across Wall Street when it recalled more than one million vehicles because of a faulty ignition switch. The company only decided to issue the recall after at...more

Another Recall from GM

I have lost count now of how many times GM has issued a recall and the total number of vehicles recalled in the past several months by GM; I know it is in the area of over 20 million vehicles. Tragically, years of delay in...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

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

Of Documents and Dumpsters: The Sixth Circuit Affirms Convictions for Theft of Hybrid Car Secrets from GM

Last month, the Sixth Circuit affirmed the convictions of co-conspirator couple Yu Qin and Shanshan Du, who were convicted in 2012 of trade secrets theft. A jury in the Eastern District of Michigan had found that Du...more

GM, Whistleblower Hotline Providers, Retaliation, and Why I Didn’t Buy a Chevy

One of the advantages of working for one of the premiere whistleblower hotline providers is that I stay up to date on notable GRC happenings. In my past life, I didn’t even really understand what a whistleblower was, much...more

Speak Up or Pay Up: Lessons from GM

The now infamous General Motors mea culpa, which followed the automotive giant’s recall of almost six million cars, has brought the importance of a “speak up culture” front and center. As part of the company’s long road to...more

GM Driven to Safety Initiative

In the past year, General Motors has recalled more than 2.6 million cars built with defective ignition switches. These defective ignition switches have been linked to the death of a recorded 13 people. This case has received...more

Blecker: GM Recalls Show Need for Harsher Penalties for "Red Collar" Criminals [Video]

July 1, 2014 (Mimesis Law) -- Robert Blecker, professor of law at New York Law School, talks with Lee Pacchia about the recently released internal investigation into the failure to report a problem with ignition switches on...more

Someone Has to Deliver the Bad News: What to Learn From GM and Sophocles

44 recalls. 13 deaths. 20 million vehicles. 9 years. 3 Congressional appearances. These five numbers tell a terrible and tragic story you probably recognize as the GM ignition switch recall debacle. This is a situation that...more

Drawing the Line on Accountability

With all the attention on ethics and compliance, it is interesting to take account of the vocabulary — terms like “culture, governance, access, processes, diligence, independence, and empowerment” are all bandied about. One...more

TCPA Connect - June 2014

TCPA Suit Based On Texts Unrelated To Promotion - Running a Cyber Monday promotion led to a Telephone Consumer Protection Act lawsuit for Cosmopolitan Hotels & Resorts. ...more

GM Report: Numerous Failures Led to Tragic Results

In early June, independent counsel hired by General Motors (GM) delivered a long-awaited investigative report on the deadly ignition switch defect that devastated lives and families across the United States. As expected, the...more

When the In-House Lawyers Run Amuck

We all know the jokes about lawyers. We have heard them over and over, at parties, with friends, and among colleagues. Right now, they seem particularly on point....more

The GM Safety Debacle – Everyone is Responsible and No One is Responsible

The Valukas Report to the General Motors Board of Directors Regarding Ignition Switch Recalls is a lengthy report that describes in excruciating detail how GM failed to uncover and remedy significant safety issues...more

Suppliers to OEMs: We Think We're Turning Japanese

The 2014 Annual Automotive OEM-Supplier Relations Study came out in May 2014 and it showed that Japanese OEMs may be rebounding after a couple down years when it comes to their relationships with suppliers. The study,...more

Recent Projects Indicate Oppertunities for Redevelopment of Brownfields

Our firm has recently represented clients in two projects associated with brownfields that may signal an increased willingness on the part of regulatory authorities to facilitate redevelopment of contaminated properties. ...more

You Should Know - May 2014

In This Issue: - Parents Ask Why? - Courtroom Power - Snapshot Survey - Excerpt from Civil Justice System Compels Safety Innovations - Family’s Search for Answers Uncovers Fatal Flaw in GM...more

NHTSA and GM Agree to Resolve Timeliness Claims Related to Ignition Switch Recall

Last week, NHTSA and GM announced an agreement to resolve recall timeliness claims related to GM’s massive Ignition Switch recall. In addition to the widely-reported $35 million civil penalty GM has agreed to pay (the maximum...more

Without Fear of Sanctions – GM Might Have Acted Differently

How the proposed revisions to the federal rules might impact corporate conduct? We are hearing unpleasant news about the way in which General Motors handled the issue of defective ignition switches, defects in gas...more

What Did G.M. Know About the Deadly Defective Auto Part?

So far, at least 13 deaths have been linked to a defective ignition switch in General Motors vehicles. In response, G.M. has recalled 2.6 million of its cars. However, the manufacturer stops short of recommending drivers park...more

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