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NIOSH Drive Safely Work Week 2015 – Is Your Company (and its Policies) Ready?

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Center for Motor Vehicle Safety (CMVS), through its NIOSH Science Blog, recently featured the Drive Safely Work Week campaign. The event is scheduled for this...more

When is a Vehicle Not a “Vehicle”?

Two police officers were riding in a police car that was struck by an intoxicated underinsured driver. The officer in the passenger seat suffered serious injuries that were inadequately compensated by the tortfeasor’s...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

CFPB Orders Indirect Auto Finance and Title Loan Companies to Pay $48.35 Million in Redress and Penalties For Abusive Debt...

The CFPB has entered into a consent order with Westlake Services, LLC, an indirect auto finance company, and its wholly owned subsidiary, Wilshire Consumer Credit, LLC, for alleged deceptive debt collection practices. The...more

Fiat moves to dismiss proposed class action suit

Late last week, Fiat filed a Motion to Dismiss the proposed class action against it following reports of hacking into vehicle information systems and its announcement that it was recalling 1.4 million Dodge, Ram and Jeep...more

Your Data Breach Collided With My Personal Injury Coverage

Editors at Wired magazine recently engaged in a year-long project to develop a means to hack the onboard computer of a Jeep, and override the driver’s control of several critical vehicle functions. According to a disturbing...more

How Can the Automotive Industry Strengthen Its Regulatory Compliance Process and Reduce Its Compliance Risks?

Many Americans listened last week to the admissions by the now former President of Volkswagen that the company had been “dishonest” and had cheated on the U.S. emissions tests. How was this happening at the world’s #1...more

Transferring Title to a Motor Vehicle in Maryland at Death? Be Careful!

Many people try to avoid probate. Often, title to assets is held in joint names with right of survivorship so that the surviving joint tenant inherits property without the need for probate. But then there is that pesky...more

NHTSA Announces Record Setting Civil Penalty in Consent Order With Chrysler

In 2014, NHTSA collected a record setting amount of civil penalties. For 2015, NHTSA may be on pace to exceed last year’s record. On July 26, 2015, NHTSA announced a $105 million civil penalty against FCA US LLC, the former...more

Preventing Whistleblower Claims in the Automotive Industry

Whistleblower and retaliation claims are some of the most costly claims brought by employees and they are on the rise. OSHA, who governs complaints for over 20 whistleblower statutes, reports a 58% increase in whistleblower...more

Guide To Doing Business In New Zealand: Personal Property Securities Register (Updated)

PERSONAL PROPERTY SECURITIES REGISTER - The Personal Property Securities Act 1999 (PPSA) came into force in New Zealand on 1 May 2002. At the heart of this legislation is the Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR)...more

South Carolina Passes Legislation to Create the Guaranteed Asset Protection Act, Effective Immediately

On June 1, Governor Nikki Haley (R-SC) signed into law Senate Bill 441, enacting the Guaranteed Asset Protection Act and instituting a framework under which guaranteed asset protection (GAP) waivers may be offered in South...more

NHTSA Seeks to Push Beyond the “New Normal” and into the “New Paradigm”

In recent years, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has received increased public and Congressional scrutiny stemming from high-profile safety defects, such as the Toyota unintended-acceleration issues...more

Guide To Doing Business in Australia: Personal Property Securities Law (Updated)

PERSONAL PROPERTY SECURITIES LAW - Personal property securities law in Australia was recently overhauled with the introduction of the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cth) (PPSA). The PPSA applies across all...more

Driver’s Licence Information and Test Drives: Guidance from the Alberta Office of the Information Privacy Commissioner

What personal information is reasonable for a motor vehicle dealer to collect from individuals participating in test drives? It has been acknowledged that dealers have a business need to collect personal information in...more

Can a Person Who Receives Disability Benefits Own a Car?

The short answer is yes. Although many disability benefit programs like Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid impose resource limits on beneficiaries, a beneficiary's household is allowed to own one vehicle of any...more

Snell & Wilmer Defends Ford Explorer Sport Trac Roof and Safety Canopy® System in California Federal Court Trial

Snell & Wilmer attorneys Dan Rodman, Jay Schuttert and Jonathan Murphy recently represented Ford Motor Company in the trial of a 2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac rollover lawsuit in the United States District Court for the...more

From Carjacking to Carhacking – Lessons for the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) is coming and perhaps the first place we will see the proverbial rubber hit the road is with something near and dear to Americans – our cars. The ever increasing connectivity of cars is creating a...more

Auto Notes - December 2014

In This Issue: - Retail Vehicle Installment Sale Contracts Now Regulated under PA Consumer Credit Code’s Motor Vehicle Sales Finance Provisions - Arbitration Clauses Referencing American Arbitration...more

Pa. Banking Secretary Issues Letter on Amendments to Motor Vehicle Sales Finance Act

Significant changes to Pennsylvania law governing retail installment sales will take effect before the end of this year as a result of Act No. 2013-98 (Act 98). The Act 98 changes to the state’s Motor Vehicle Sales Finance...more

CFPB and Fed announce increases in Regs Z and M 2015 dollar thresholds

The CFPB and Fed have announced increases in the dollar thresholds in Regulation Z (Truth in Lending Act) and Regulation M (Consumer Leasing Act) for exempt consumer credit and lease transactions. The adjustments reflect the...more

What Constitutes "Use" of a Motor Vehicle?

Barry P. Goldberg sometimes has to analyze circumstances that may or may not be covered both to obtain insurance coverage for his clients and to effectively access insurance coverage from the adverse party. One area of...more

On the Road With Autonomous Vehicles and the Insurance Industry, Issue No. 2

State and Federal Regulations Pertaining to Autonomous Vehicles - While autonomous vehicles (AVs) are not yet a regular fixture on the nation’s roadways, policymakers, legislators and regulators have started to...more

New Indiana Statute Effective July 1st Allows Non-Residents To Pay Home State’s Lower Sales Tax Rate On Vehicle Purchases

Indiana has a 7% sales tax rate. Earlier this year, the Indiana General Assembly passed a new statute, Indiana Code 6-2.5-2-3, which allows non-residents to purchase vehicles from Indiana dealers and pay the (typically...more

Ninth Circuit Overturns Los Angeles' Prohibition on the Use of Vehicles as "Living Quarters"

Ninth Circuit Panel Rules Municipal Code Sections Unconstitutionally Vague - A three judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that a section of the Los Angeles Municipal Code prohibiting the use of a...more

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