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Study Finds Obese Drivers are at Greater Risk of Death in Car Accidents

by Howard Ankin on

A new study found that obese drivers (people with body mass indexes above 30) are 78 percent more likely to die in a car collision than normal-weight drivers. These findings show an increase in fatalities among heavier...more

License to Sue? Court Rules That a Motor Vehicle Dealer Does Not Need a Dealer’s License to Bring a Statutory Claim for...

by Mulcahy LLP on

California’s motor vehicle code allows dealers to bring suit against manufacturers for terminating the dealer without good cause. See California Vehicle Code §§ 11713.3, 3060, 3061 and 3066. As currently written, the...more

Expert Testimony Regarding Positive Marijuana Tests May Not be Admissible in Motor Vehicle Accident Litigation

by Selman Breitman LLP on

As states trend towards legalizing recreational use of marijuana—recreational marijuana use is legal in Alaska, California, Colorado, D.C., Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington—the need for a reliable test for...more

FCC Opens Up 76-81 GHz Band for Cutting-Edge Vehicular Radar Applications

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Recognizing that vehicular and airport-based radar systems designed to prevent collisions should be free from interference and should be permitted to operate at optimum frequency levels, the FCC, in a Report & Order released...more

Popular ATVs Going Up in Flames

by Howard Ankin on

Popular all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs) manufactured by Polaris Industries are putting riders at risk for serious injuries and even death. Although the company has recently issued a...more

House Panel Approves Sweeping Proposal On Autonomous Vehicles, Putting Innovation Above Regulation

by Buchalter on

On July 19, 2017, a U.S. House panel took a significant step to clear the way for autonomous vehicles by approving a proposal allowing automakers to deploy up to 100,000 self-driving vehicles without meeting existing safety...more

Ruling Leaves Local Public Agencies Open to Legal Actions Asserting Wasteful Government Spending by Non Property Owners

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Cherrity Weatherford, who was a resident of the City of San Rafael in Marin County, rented (but did not own) property in the City. Although Weatherford’s vehicle was not impounded, she nonetheless took issue with the City’s...more

US FCC Allocates 5 GHz of Contiguous Spectrum for Next Generation Vehicular Radar

by Hogan Lovells on

On July 13, the United States (“US”) Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) issued a decision allocating a contiguous 5 GHz band of radio frequency spectrum for vehicular radar operations. The decision implemented in the...more

Connected Cars and Autonomous Vehicles: The Evolving Landscape of Product Liability, Product Safety, and Product Compliance

by Hogan Lovells on

In this hoganlovells.com interview, Dr. Sebastian Polly talks about how connected cars and automated/autonomous vehicles (AV) will impact the concept of product liability. He also addresses how automakers and suppliers will...more

The Trolley Dilemma and Autonomous Cars — Critical Decisions

Autonomous cars on a highway Fleets of autonomous cars are navigating U.S. highways and byways every day. Once an unfathomable dream, as most technology has been throughout history, driverless vehicles with programmed minds...more

How Connected Cars and Autonomous Vehicles Will Change and Shape the Future of How We Move

by Hogan Lovells on

In this hoganlovells.com interview, Hogan Lovells partner Lance Bultena talks about the impact connected cars and autonomous vehicles (AVs) will have on America’s infrastructure and environment; the services associated with...more

Expansion of Move-Over Law to Protect Motorists

by Howard Ankin on

After experiencing the deadliest year on Illinois roadways for nearly a decade, Illinois State Police are taking prompt action to cut down on these fatalities. One initiative is to expand the Move Over Law, which requires...more

30-Day Vehicle Impoundment is a Seizure Requiring Fourth Amendment Compliance - Federal Appeals Court Reinstates Class Action...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

A 30-day impoundment of a vehicle pursuant to California Vehicle Code section 14602.6(a)(1) triggered Fourth Amendment concerns, a federal appeals court has ruled. In deciding Brewster v. Beck last week, the U.S. Ninth...more

Another State Passes Driverless Car Testing Law

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Nevada is the latest state to update its self-driving technology laws. Assembly Bill 69, passed earlier this month with heavy support from the automotive industry, allows for testing and operations of fully autonomous...more

Congressional Hearing on Driverless Cars: Tuesday, June 27

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The U.S. House Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection will hold a hearing today on self-driving vehicle legislation at 10 am. ...more

Bipartisan Group of Senators Releases Principles for Federal Autonomous Vehicle Laws

by Buchalter on

Last week, U.S. Senators John Thune (R-SD), Gary Peters (D-Mich), and Bill Nelson (D-Fla) released a framework for autonomous vehicle legislation based on these six principles...more

Senators Announce Principles for Bipartisan Legislation on Self-Driving Vehicles

by Perkins Coie on

The U.S. Congress has started to explore potential legislation governing the testing and regulation of autonomous vehicles (AV). Last week, the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a hearing,...more

May Washington Update

This month’s Washington Update provides insight into a number of energy-related developments at the federal level, including President Trump’s recently proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2018, the Senate’s failed efforts to turn...more

Advertising Law - May 2017 #4

NAD Watches Paint Dry, Sides With Advertiser - The Sherwin-Williams Co. does not need to change the name of its “CoverMaxx” spray paints, the National Advertising Division of the Better Business Bureau said after...more

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

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