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AV START Act Addresses Privacy and Cybersecurity Issues Associated With the Development of Highly Automated Vehicles

In proposed amendments earlier this week to the current draft of the "AV START Act," the Senate addressed important cybersecurity, data access, and privacy concerns associated with the development of highly automated vehicles...more

Worldwide Group of Data Privacy Regulators Issues Guidance on Connected-Car Technologies

A global group of data privacy regulators has, for the first time, set forth data privacy and security guidance on the development of automated and connected-car technologies. ...more

Trump Administration Issues New Guidance for Automated Driving Systems

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced this week the Trump administration's first significant guidance concerning autonomous vehicles and Automated Driving Systems (ADS)....more

FTC Submits Comment To Aid NTIA In Developing Internet of Things Guidance

In its latest effort to address security concerns about Internet of Things (IoT) devices, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has submitted public comments to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration's...more

Daimler Here to Stay: SCOTUS Overturns California Court’s Exercise of Jurisdiction Over Out-of-State Plaintiffs

Following on the heels of BNSF Railway Company v. Tyrrell last month, the Supreme Court, by an 8-1 margin in Bristol-Myers Squibb v. Superior Court of California, has reaffirmed the jurisdictional holding of its 2014 Daimler...more

Autonomous Cars One Step Closer to Reality in Colorado

This month, Colorado joined a growing list of nearly half of U.S. states when it enacted a law approving the use of autonomous driving systems. The Colorado law governs systems capable of controlling highly and fully...more

DOT Issues Proposed Cybersecurity Guidance to Automotive Industry

Vehicle-related cyber incidents could have devastating and deadly effects, particularly as cars and trucks become more highly automated and rely more heavily on wireless technologies. To combat this threat, the U.S....more

NHTSA Issues Guidance for Manufacturers of Highly Automated Vehicles

The Department of Transportation (DOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has provided much-anticipated guidance to manufactures of automated vehicles with the release of the new Federal Automated...more

Colorado Supreme Court Limits Jurisdiction Over Manufacturers

The Colorado Supreme Court has joined a number of other federal and state courts in limiting the extent to which product manufacturers can be subjected to a state’s general personal jurisdiction, even when the manufacturer's...more

First Fatality Signals Bumpy Road to Autonomous Vehicle Development

Tesla Motors acknowledged in a press release last week the first known fatal crash involving a vehicle operating in semi-autonomous mode. The report comes at a pivotal time for the automotive industry, with states beginning...more

Cybersecurity, Use of Internet of Things Technology Concern Manufacturers

Powered in part by the growing use of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, cybersecurity has surged to become one of the leading concerns for global manufacturers, according to a recently released study....more

Sharp Increase in NJ Consumer Class Actions as Company Websites Targeted

A formerly obscure, 35-year-old New Jersey statute is increasingly taking its place as the claim of choice for class action lawyers suing consumer-facing companies. Most recently, plaintiffs' lawyers are using the ambiguous...more

Prompted by Independent Study, EPA Issues Notice of Violation to Volkswagen for Circumventing Federal Emissions Standards

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) issuance of a notice of violation last week to Volkswagen AG, Audi AG, and Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (collectively Volkswagen) appears to have further validated EPA’s and...more

11th Circuit: Rule 23 Trumps State Law Limitation on Class Actions

Dealing a blow to defendants facing consumer fraud litigation in the 11th Circuit, the court of appeals for that circuit has reinstated a class action under the Alabama Deceptive Trade Practice Act (ADTPA), despite that the...more

NJ Federal Court Confirms: No Consumer Fraud Claims For Product ‘Harm’

The U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey has once again confirmed a recent trend in consumer fraud class actions based on product liability claims: if the essence of the claim is harm caused by an allegedly...more

2/12/2015  /  Class Action , Fraud , Product Defects

California Federal Court Decertifies Second Damages Class in as Many Months

For the second time in as many months, the Northern District of California has decertified a damages class in a food labeling class action because the plaintiff’s damages model was incapable of measuring only those damages...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Declines To Adopt Restatement (Third) of Torts

In a long-awaited opinion, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has recently declined to adopt the Restatement (Third) of Torts in product liability cases, ruling instead that the strict liability regime of the Restatement (Second)...more

11/24/2014  /  Negligence , Strict Liability

Third Circuit Requires Affidavit of Merit in Products Liability Case Against Residential Homebuilder

In a case of first impression, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit affirmed the dismissal of design defect claims against a residential homebuilder under New Jersey’s Product Liability Act when the homeowner...more

Third Circuit Vacates Class Certification, Reaffirms Plaintiff’s Burden To Prove Readily Ascertainable Class

A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit reaffirmed the importance of requiring a plaintiff in a class action to show there is a reliable and administratively feasible method for ascertaining who...more

Third Circuit Vacates Class Certification, Reaffirms Plaintiff's Burden To Prove Readily Ascertainable Class

In Hayes v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., plaintiff alleged that Wal-Mart, through its retail warehouse Sam’s Club, violated the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act, breached its contracts with consumers, and was unjustly enriched by...more

Federal Court Precludes Defendant’s Class Certification Expert

In a rare and cautionary opinion, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey has precluded the testimony and report of an expert proffered by a defendant in opposition to certification in a consumer product class...more

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