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EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement

by Dechert LLP on

The EU and Japan have reached agreement on “the biggest bilateral trade agreement ever negotiated by the European Union”, covering a combined market of over 600m people and 30% of global GDP....more

Jury Gives Auto Parts Manufacturer a Pass on DOJ Conspiracy Claims

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On November 29, 2017, a Japanese auto parts manufacturer and its US subsidiary defeated the US Department of Justice’s claims that the companies conspired with others to fix prices and rig bids for automotive body sealing...more

Race to Connected, Self-Driving Cars Not Without Speed Bumps

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Those racing to fill the streets with driverless and shared vehicles are weighing their competitive pursuits and market moves against the new regulations and industry standards coming down the pike. Originally published...more

Updates to California DMV’s Proposed Autonomous Vehicle Deployment Regulations May Empower Innovation by Limiting Manufacturer...

• The California Department of Motor Vehicles has proposed changes to its autonomous vehicle deployment regulations that would narrow the circumstances in which manufacturers can be held liable for incidents involving...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The latest on the potential Disney move for “significant parts of 21st Century Fox,” which is nearing completion and could see Murdoch scion leaving his father and brother in order to work for Big Mouse....more

SUV Sales Again Carrying the Auto Industry

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

If it seems like déjà vu, it’s not just you: SUVs are again leading the charge on new vehicle sales. Buoyed by low gas prices and growing millennial families, SUV sales have increased by 6 percent from 2016 to 2017 (through...more

The Dawn of Self-Driving Rideshares Has Already Arrived

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Over the past few weeks Uber, Waymo, and General Motors have solidified their commitments to the next-generation of transit, one that involves their autonomous vehicles and services moving people around the city with near...more

Corporate E-Note - November 2017

by Burr & Forman on

In this Alert, Warren Matthews and Lee Thuston share key takeaways from the “State of the Automotive Industry in the U.S.” presentation during the 2017 Southern Automotive Conference. Thuston shared remarks at the conference,...more

Autonomous Vehicles - Cybersecurity Issues

by Bryan Cave on

In the next five years we will see more and more self-driving vehicles, or autonomous vehicles, hit the market. An “autonomous vehicle” is a vehicle capable of navigating roadways and interpreting traffic-control devices...more

FTC Drives Auto Dealership to $1.4M Civil Penalty

Providing an important reminder about complying with the terms of a Federal Trade Commission order, a California-based auto dealership agreed to pay $1.4 million to settle charges that it violated a 2014 administrative order....more

European Union Proposes Stricter Emissions Targets and Incentives For Electric Vehicles

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On November 8, the European Commission proposed a new set of emissions standards for vehicles, starting in 2030. The standards include a further 30% CO2 emissions reduction for new cars and vans, on top of the standards in...more

Automotive Supplier Industry Experts Convene in Detroit and Share 2018 Outlook

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA) held its 19th Annual Conference this week in suburban Detroit under the theme: “The Industry’s New Landscape.” And while much of the day was devoted to autonomous vehicle...more

Is Your Company Car Exposing Sensitive Data To Hackers?

by Fisher Phillips on

In today’s world, where lots of sensitive data are stored electronically, prudent companies utilize sophisticated computer cyber security systems to prevent the hacking of such data. They likely also require employees to...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

As we’ve been expecting, the DOJ announced yesterday that it was suing to block AT&T’s $84.5 billion bid for Time Warner over antitrust concerns....more

Legal Issues Related to the Development of Automated, Autonomous, and Connected Cars

by Jones Day on

As interest in autonomous vehicles accelerates, and as the related technologies evolve, the vehicles' manufacturers and their suppliers are preparing to encounter a broad range of legal issues. This Jones Day White Paper...more

Brexit: “The Natives are restless and seem desirous of fighting”

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

This is the sixth in an ongoing series of blog posts by Foley & Lardner LLP on the implications of the June 23, 2016 voter referendum in the United Kingdom (“UK”) to exit the European Union (“EU”) (“Brexit”). This current...more

Stormwater Regulation and Fees Will Impact Auto Dealers

by McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC on

Municipalities throughout Pennsylvania are in the process of implementing local stormwater ordinances and fees that will likely impact many auto dealers. Recent changes to federal and state laws have forced municipalities to...more

Emerging issues in the connected cars and autonomous vehicles market are influencing standard-essential patents and IP...

by Hogan Lovells on

In this hoganlovells.com interview, Hogan Lovells partner Celine Jimenez Crowson addresses the relationship between standard-essential patents (SEPs) and the connectivity technologies used in connected and autonomous vehicles...more

Germany Holds Expert Dialogue on Nanotechnologies in the Automotive Sector

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On September 26-27, 2017, the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) held an Expert Dialogue regarding the opportunities and risks of the application of nanotechnologies...more

Privacy Perils: Driverless Cars Are the Future, But Are There Privacy Potholes Ahead?

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Driverless cars are no longer a far-off pipe dream. Look for Hyundai and Toyota to showcase their driverless models at the upcoming 2018 and 2020 Olympics (in South Korea and Japan, respectively). Many predict that within 10...more

Does Repeal of the EV Tax Credit Really Matter?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Last week, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives released their first attempt at tax reform legislation. Buried in the proposed legislation is a repeal of the current tax credit of up to $7500 to purchasers of...more

What Can You Get for $535?

by Fisher Phillips on

An expensive lawsuit. Let’s say you have a service advisor who is paid $525 per week, plus commissions. The service advisor makes a blatant and careless mistake on a customer invoice, costing your dealership $535. The...more

Former Dealership Employee Nabs $1.3 Million Verdict In Disability Discrimination Suit

by Fisher Phillips on

Why should your dealership conduct thorough investigations into possible employee misconduct and document poor performance before termination? A Florida court just gave 1.3 million reasons....more

Cities Need Autonomous Vehicles Just as Much as Autonomous Vehicles Need Roads to Drive Down

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Slowly, in the background of our day-to-day lives, cities and their suburban counterparts have been gaining intelligence. Stoplights are timed and monitored by a suite of cameras and sensors; traffic patterns are tracked and...more

FAST Act Recall Pilot Program Gets Underway in Maryland

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

One of the more bedeviling problems for the automotive industry (and for manufacturers in general) is how to alert consumers to pending recalls, and getting consumers to comply with those recalls. According to NHTSA, only 70%...more

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