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Smartphones and Driving DO NOT MIX

Tragic automobile accidents forever change the lives of those involved. I have seen it too often in my career. For the victim, a life may be tragically cut short. For the at-fault party, they will live knowing that their...more

CarSure Sued For DPPA Violations

by Reed Smith on

CarSure, LLC, a Texas-based aftermarket automotive warranty seller, faces a lawsuit brought by a group of Wisconsin car owners who claim that the company violated the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act (“DPPA”) by purchasing the...more

Safe Spherical Tires of the Future: Levitation, Sensors and Biomimicry

by Howard Ankin on

The old saying goes “don’t reinvent the wheel,” but Goodyear has done just that. The 118-year-old company has created a spherical, levitation-mounted, sensor-monitored, biomimicry-designed concept tire that, in theory, could...more

Tenth Circuit Finds That Arbitration Agreement Governs Dispute

by Carlton Fields on

The Tenth Circuit has determined that an arbitration agreement included as part of a set of agreements executed in connection with the purchase of a pickup truck applied to a dispute over a replacement set of agreements that...more

Autonomous Vehicles: Job Killer?

by LeClairRyan on

According to the 2014 Census data, more than 4.4 million Americans work as drivers. Will autonomous vehicles kill most of these driver required jobs? With the growth and advancement in autonomous vehicle technologies, many...more

Is your Motor Vehicle Loan Safe? Part 2: North Carolina

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

This article is a follow up to Bruce Wallace’s April 13, 2017 update, "Is your Motor Vehicle Loan Safe?" regarding how insurance policies may not protect the credit union’s lien. Specifically, Mr. Wallace’s update dealt with...more

Advertising Litigation Report: Vol. 2, No. 2 - National Advertising Division (NAD) and National Advertising Review Board (NARB)

The Colgate-Palmolive Company (Tom’s of Maine “Naturally Dry” Antiperspirant), NARB Panel Report No. 215 (Jan. 25, 2017) - A National Advertising Review Board (NARB) panel determined that the National Advertising...more

Advertising Litigation Report: Vol. 2, No. 2 - National Advertising Division (NAD) and National Advertising Review Board (NARB)

The Colgate-Palmolive Company (Tom’s of Maine “Naturally Dry” Antiperspirant), NARB Panel Report No. 215 (Jan. 25, 2017) - A National Advertising Review Board (NARB) panel determined that the National Advertising...more

National League of Cities Releases Guide on Preparing for Autonomous Vehicles

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The National League of Cities just released “Autonomous Vehicles: A Policy Preparation Guide,” giving municipalities a much-needed resource around tracking legislative developments and having a voice in the policy discussion...more

Is your Motor Vehicle Loan Safe?

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Insurance policies may not protect the credit union's lien - Today’s insurance world is a complicated scene. Insureds have more choice than ever for insurance coverage. If a federal credit union has a lien on a motor...more

Self-Driving Cars – Coming to a TN Traffic Light Next to You

Self-driving cars – coming to a traffic light next to you. It has been over eight years since Google first began testing its self-driving cars on the road, and now the Tennessee General Assembly thinks it's time for them to...more

V2V Communications: Motor Vehicle Safety Guidelines

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

NHTSA believes vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications will serve as a complementary necessity to fully realizing the safety benefits of automated vehicle technologies. As such, establishing safety guidelines around this...more

Civil Discovery Act Applies to Public Records Act Proceedings, California Appellate Court Concludes

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Public entities litigating California Public Records Act cases may now face the additional burden of responding to civil discovery requests. The Second District Court of Appeal recently issued its opinion in City of Los...more

Autonomous Vehicles: A Regulatory Perspective

by LeClairRyan on

The coming innovation of autonomous vehicles (i.e. self-driving cars) has been covered pretty widely in the news over the past 18-24 months. Not long ago, the reality of autonomous vehicles was unknown to most Americans. ...more

News from the Vermont State House - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team - March 2017

House Commerce Considers Independent Contractors, Again - Vermont's business community continues to plead with lawmakers to update the statute defining independent contractors, arguing that current law is costly and...more

Fatal Flaws That Cause Automobile Accidents

by Howard Ankin on

Whether it is a tire that is worn and causes a vehicle to spin out of control, or a safety belt that fails to secure a passenger, faulty automotive parts can cause accidents and cost lives. Nationwide it is estimated that...more

UK: A new insurance framework for driverless cars – Government Bill provides details

by Hogan Lovells on

The Government has introduced the Vehicle Technology and Aviation Bill to Parliament, setting out in detail how the UK’s compulsory motor insurance framework will be amended to handle automated vehicles....more

Should you file a Lawsuit in your Car Accident Case?

Woodland Hills personal injury and car accident attorney Barry P. Goldberg is asked this question all the time. The answer may surprise you: “Don’t be afraid to file a lawsuit, if necessary!” The insurers know which lawyers...more

Fatal Crashes Down Compared to 2016

by Howard Ankin on

Fatal car crashes are down this year compared to 2016 data, though it’s impossible to predict whether the trend will continue. 2016 saw an increase in traffic fatalities, with over 1,000 deaths in Illinois. Drivers should be...more

New Bipartisan Bill Calls For Study Of Cybersecurity Standards For Motor Vehicles

by King & Spalding on

On Tuesday, January 24, 2017, U.S. Representatives Ted Lieu (D-CA) and Joe Wilson (R-SC) introduced the Security and Privacy in Your Car Study Act of 2017. The bill, H.R. 701, directs the National Highway Traffic Safety...more

“Way Mo” Autonomous Cars Coming Fast

by Lewitt Hackman on

It’s a race to beat all races: several car makers, including Ford, General Motors, Volvo, BMW and Tesla are promising fully autonomous vehicles within the next five years. Not far behind the pack, Google recently renamed its...more

Second Time Lucky: In Phantom Vehicle Cases, Ohio Insureds Can Now Corroborate Their Own Testimony

by Carlton Fields on

Hit-and-run drivers don’t always hit; some motorists recklessly cause accidents without making contact, then vanish from the scene. Victims in such cases can often obtain coverage under the uninsured motorist (UM) provisions...more

Connected Cars are Coming. Quickly

by Hogan Lovells on

One of the highlights at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was the parade of new connected vehicle technologies.  Automakers and their suppliers rolled out a number of innovative capabilities that promise to shape...more

EPA Confirms Vehicle Emission Standards for 2022-2025

by Alston & Bird on

As expected, on January 12, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its Final Determination affirming the greenhouse gas (GHG) emission standards for model year 2022-2025 light-duty vehicles. While EPA...more

Are You Ready for Self-Driving Vehicles?

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The transportation industry is on the verge of a major revolution as personal and commercial vehicles transition from incorporating some driver-assisting technologies to actually becoming highly autonomous, self-driving...more

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