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Federal Courts Concludes Employee Has No Sexual Harassment Claim Regardless of Flashing Incident

Joselyn Davenport, a female employee of Kelly Services, Inc. (“Kelly Services”), was assigned to work as a production associate at a manufacturing plant owned and operated by Nissan North America (“Nissan”), located in Canton...more

U.S. Auto Companies Report Best October in 10+ Years, Head Toward Record Year

The auto industry posted the strongest October sales in ten years—and even longer for some U.S. companies. The industry is capitalizing on low interest rates and low fuel prices across the U.S. to drive record sales....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

Real Party-in-Interest and Privy of the Petitioner: Part 2 in Estoppel Analysis

Last week we outlined our suggestions as to what an IPR petitioner should assert in an IPR action to avoid triggering the "could have raised" estoppel in a later filed district court action. But what if the party involved in...more

Reforming Trade Secret Protections in Japan

Theft of corporate trade secrets continues to dominate the headlines as news abounds of stories ranging from crippling cyber-attacks exposing confidential data to employees stealing trade secrets to share with competitors. ...more

Automotive Battery Industry Expands Its Horizons to Other Applications

As previously discussed on this blog, the automotive industry is pushing to develop new and improved batteries and charging and power systems for cars. Now, the automotive industry is setting its sights on improving batteries...more

Recall Expands for Exploding Airbags

Defective Air Bags in Honda, Toyota, and Other Vehicles - Defective automobile parts can result in major car accidents, severe injuries and even death. The Japanese air bag manufacturer Takata, which produces air bags...more

Center for Automotive Research Event - Traverse City

Automotive executives and other industry participants gathered in Traverse City this week for the annual Center for Automotive Research (CAR) Management Briefing Seminars. And, as usual, CAR put on another great show! Several...more

Opportunities and Challenges for Suppliers in Mexico

Last week the Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA) hosted an event entitled “Supplier Opportunities and Challenges in Mexico” that I attended. It was a great program as always by OESA, and I wanted to share some of...more

Defective Airbags Lead to More Automobile Recalls

Automobile recalls have been a hot topic in the news lately. Indeed, millions of vehicles have been recalled due to dangerous automobile defects. Adding to the list of recalled cars and trucks, a recent article in the Wall...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

Car Jacking: Former Nissan Employees in Japan Arrested for Suspected Trade Secret Theft

On May 13, 2014, a former employee of Nissan in Japan was arrested by the Economic Affairs Division of the Kanagawa Prefectural Police on suspicion of trade secret theft. The arrest was made under the trade secret provisions...more

Weekly Law Resume: Torts – Product Liability – Consumer Expectation Test

Jaklin Mikhal Romine v. Johnson Controls, Inc. et al. Court Of Appeal, Second District (March 17, 2014) - Product liability cases can involve complex mechanisms of injury, and multiple design and manufacturing...more

Advertising Law - Feb 13, 2014

FTC Drives Car-Related False Ad Suit to Settlement - The Federal Trade Commission recently settled charges with Nissan North America and its advertising agency over deceptive advertising for the Nissan Frontier pickup...more

CFPB Fair Lending Guidance for Indirect Auto Lenders—It’s Not Just About Cars

Several weeks ago, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) issued a fair lending guidance bulletin (“Bulletin”) directed at financial institutions that make indirect automobile loans. While the Bulletin thus far has...more

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