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Top Legal Issues Facing the Automotive Industry in 2018

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Foley’s Automotive Industry Team has prepared this report examining what the litigation, enforcement and regulatory landscape is likely to look like in 2018 and beyond. Inside, you will learn about: Managing warranty,...more

Aircraft Less Lesson Learned: Is Your Aircraft Properly Insured?

by Benesch on

Commercial transactions, particularly those involving aircraft lease agreements and insurance coverage, often involve numerous parties and complex relationships between them. The Eleventh Circuit’s decision in Aviation One of...more

2017 in Review: Three State Enforcement Trends Impacting the Auto Finance Industry

Auto lenders, like many private citizens, began 2017 curious as to what change the impending Trump administration would bring. In the landscape of government enforcement, however, the consensus amongst industry participants...more

Australia's ACCC Alarmed at Increasing Issues Arising from Consumer Guarantees

by Jones Day on

The Situation: The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission ("ACCC") has identified a 39 percent increase in consumer guarantee reports in 2017 as compared with 2016, from 21,000 to 29,000. Looking Ahead: The ACCC...more

Recent development in drone delivery commercialization in Canada

by Dentons on

On December 15, 2017, Toronto-based technology company Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) announced that Transport Canada has accepted the company’s declaration of compliance for the X1000 Sparrow (Sparrow). The Sparrow is a cargo...more

No Jurisdiction in Aviation Dispute Based on Online Manuals and Services Program

by Lane Powell PC on

In the modern economy, courts must grapple increasingly with questions about whether an out-of-state company’s online presence and programs subject it to potential jurisdiction in states throughout the country. This risk is...more

ACCC Increases Enforcement of Consumer Guarantees Against Airlines

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Following consumer complaints, the Australian Competition and Consumer Regulator ("ACCC") has released a report reminding airlines of obligations when dealing with the flying public. Looking Ahead: The ACCC...more

Will the Sharing Economy Extend to Automotive Patents?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In a recent article published by Bloomberg, we are once again reminded of the litigious nature of some of Silicon Valley’s biggest players. Recent patent and trade secret lawsuits have garnered a lot of media attention,...more

Pickups and Crossover SUVs Celebrate Banner Year While Total U.S. Car Sales Dip Slightly in 2017

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The U.S. auto industry closed out December to reach a third straight year of over 17 million cars sold. Overall, however, car sales were 1.8% lower in 2017 than in 2016, ending a 7 year streak of increasing auto sales...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Google linked to new allegations of collusive keyword practices; Argentina's distribution...

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Happy New Year from Seattle... I hope all of you enjoyed the holidays. Our final, year-end OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending December 29, 2017 is below. ...more

The E-Commerce Trend Continues in High Gear: How are Ocean/Air and Other Transportation Intermediaries Responding?

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

We think it is relevant, even at this early stage at the commencement of 2018, so close to the 2017 holiday season, to note that the e-commerce explosion will continue in full force and will in the natural course of events...more

Construction In Brief: 2017 Volume 4

The Buy American Act: Are You Compliant? - The federal government has a long-standing pref­erence for incorporating domestic materials and products into public construction projects. While a number of statutes and...more

NAFTA Renegotiations Create Uncertainty for Automakers

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The promise to renegotiate or else withdraw from NAFTA was one of the central points of the Trump campaign that helped him win states like Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. In keeping with his campaign promises, the Trump...more

CFPB’s Payday Loan, Auto Lending Rules in Jeopardy

More Consumer Financial Protection Bureau rules may be reversed as lawmakers moved to dismantle both the payday loan rule and the auto lending rule. Meanwhile, a kinder, gentler CFPB announced its intent to revise its final...more

Trends In Automotive Technology: 2017 and the Road Ahead

by WilmerHale on

This has been a year in which automotive technology and the legal issues surrounding it have come increasingly to the forefront, both in legal circles and public perception. Given the many new entrants in the autonomous...more

Public Transportation Agencies Borrow Ideas From Private Ride Sharing Apps To Enhance Services

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The popularity of ride sharing services have brought a flurry of innovative changes to public transit agencies. Such changes include, for example, partnering with private ride sharing services as well as offering smartphone...more

New Tax Law Provisions Affect Employee Benefit Programs

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Act”) recently enacted by Congress will soon become effective. The primary focus of the new law is the reduction of corporate and individual income taxes. Nevertheless, a number of provisions...more

Tax Reform – Like-Kind Exchanges: Steps for Aircraft Owners to Consider Before the End of 2017

President Trump just signed into law the most significant tax reform legislation since 1986. This legislation, formerly known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“the Act”), impacts aircraft owners directly. Beginning in 2018,...more

Split Closings: A Divide in the Methods

by Vedder Price on

The inclusion of engine pooling arrangements and rigorous maintenance requirements in operating leases frequently results in engines which formed part of a leased aircraft at delivery (for the purposes of this article, the...more

Treasury, State and Commerce Implement Regulations Pursuant to the Trump Administration’s Cuba Policy

• On November 9, 2017, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the U.S. Department of State, and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) took coordinated...more

Operating Lessor Financings - A Structural Overview

by Vedder Price on

With competition among aircraft lessors remaining fierce, airlines continue to take an increasing proportion of aircraft on operating lease. An important recent trend in the aircraft financing market, the “wholesaling” of...more

Vending Machines for Cars? Automated Car Vending Expanding Around the Globe

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

U.S. Automaker Ford and Chinese e-commerce and technology company Alibaba are teaming up to test a new system of direct-to-consumer auto sales … via a fully automated car vending machine. In January 2018, Alibaba plans to...more

Cyber Criminals Take Uber for a Ride

by Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP on

The near-daily reports of massive hacking incidents continue to demonstrate a shocking level of corporate incompetence. In September, we learned of the Equifax breach, which was breathtaking both in its scope and in Equifax’s...more

Driverless Vehicles Have Arrived in North Carolina - How Will Your Industry be Affected?

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

Twelve years old. In North Carolina, a person as young as twelve years old may ride alone in a fully autonomous—or, “driverless”—vehicle....more

Developer-Buyer Beware: Calling Assumed Improvement Bonds In North Carolina Can Be Complex

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

In 2007, Developer Clarion-Reames, LLC (“Clarion”) sought to construct a residential housing development in Charlotte, North Carolina. Clarion received final approval from the City to record plats for Phase I section of the...more

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