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Drinking and Driving: How Driverless Cars Will Overturn South Dakota v. Dole to Push the Drinking Age Back to 18

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The drinking age in the United States has historically teetered between 18 and 21. Under pressure surrounding the Vietnam War, Congress rolled back the minimum drinking age from 21 to 18 to reflect the draft age. Proponents...more

Automakers and suppliers in the U.S. and EU grapple with increased scrutiny, new emissions requirements, and evolving guidance...

by Hogan Lovells on

In this hoganlovells.com interview, Joanne Rotondi, a partner in the Hogan Lovells Washington, D.C. office, and Sabine Chromek, a senior associate in the firm’s Munich office, discuss recent regulatory impacts on auto...more

New Product Safety Requirements and Recall Procedures Adopted in Mexico: Time for Manufacturers to Update their Compliance...

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The commercial and legal environment on product safety in vehicles, auto parts and other products has substantially changed in Mexico in 2018. Manufacturers carrying out business activities in Mexico should now be...more

European Commission Releases First Proposals for Truck CO2 Standards; Truck Industry Reacts

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On May 17, 2018, the European Commission released a legislative proposal for the first ever CO2 emissions standards for heavy duty vehicles in the European Union. The EU has no current limits on CO2 emissions from heavy duty...more

A Brief Guide to the Replica Motor Vehicle Exemption to Federal Safety Standards in the Face of Implementation Delays

by Buchalter on

Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards normally prohibit a person from selling any motor vehicle or motor vehicle equipment that does not comply with federal motor laws, including EPA emissions standards and FMVSS safety...more

3D Printing Quarterly Report - Q1 2018

by Benesch on

African labs build 3D printers from e-waste - Two labs in African nations have built 3D printers out of e-waste. Staff at WoeLab in Togo, a community tech hub and inventor/entrepreneur network, built a 3D printer in 2013...more

Straight Talks: New players, new rules - IP disruption in the automobile industry

by Hogan Lovells on

Not long ago, an automotive “innovation” meant a new way of engineering a powertrain or emissions system, which would then be patented by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) or supplier. A “gentlemen’s agreement”...more

Cooperative Success in Changing the Autonomous Vehicle Legal Landscape

Rumors flew as early as 2016 that Kitty Hawk, a three-year-old corporation backed by Google co-founder Larry Page, had entered the autonomous aerial vehicle space. This March, the world learned that the mysterious flying...more

Justice Department Charges Former Volkswagen CEO in Diesel Vehicle Emissions Cheating Scheme

by Michael Volkov on

We all know the saying – A fish rots from the head. Sometimes a clear and simple statement says it all. The Volkswagen diesel emissions cheating scandal is yet another example of C-Suite, even CEO, misconduct....more

Under the Hood of Liability in the Age of Self-Driving Vehicles

Self-driving cars and related legal issues have captivated the cybersecurity world as of late. And with good reason. In 2018 we saw the first fatality associated with a self-driving Uber, adding to the growing attention paid...more

Supreme Court Introduces “Fair” Reading Of FLSA Exemptions

by Fisher Phillips on

If you’re not an auto dealer and you missed last month’s Supreme Court decision in Encino Motorcars, LLC v. Navarro, we forgive you. After all, a ruling on the correct application of the “salesman” exemption to service...more

Clean Air Act Preemption Claims Not Preempted in Diesel Cheat Device Class-Action

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

A Michigan district court judge determined that the Clean Air Act did not preclude plaintiffs from bringing 53 state law fraudulent concealment and consumer protection claims against General Motors LLC and its suppliers for...more

California-led Coalition Files Suit to Prevent Rollback of Vehicle Emission Standards

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

A coalition of states has opened a new front in the ongoing battles between the Trump Administration’s efforts to streamline regulations applicable to industry and the interests favoring additional regulation. In response to...more

Don’t Forget About Minimum Wage And Recordkeeping!

by Fisher Phillips on

No doubt last month’s Navarro ruling in the Supreme Court was a big win for retail automotive. That decision affirmed that the same federal overtime exemption that applies to a “salesman, partsman, and mechanic” also applies...more

Early thoughts on this Supreme Court term

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

We are about midway through the 2017-18 term of the U.S. Supreme Court. One case the Court has already decided and another it refused to take up provide some insight on how the Court has handled employment cases it has been...more

Minnesota Paves The Way For More EV Traffic On The Roads

On May 9, 2018 the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission issued an order approving Xcel Energy’s residential electric vehicle (“EV”) pilot program (the “Pilot”), designed as an alternative to Xcel’s existing EV tariff,...more

Straight Talks: Data privacy and cybersecurity in the age of rolling smart devices

by Hogan Lovells on

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1970 to safeguard the environment against pollutants. The tidal wave of environmental regulations that followed impacted every industry in the United States, especially...more

Who Is Ultimately in the Driver’s Seat with Autonomous Vehicles?

When Eddie Rabbitt sang “Drivin’ My Life Away” in 1980, he was chronicling the life of a roadie, of a life spent behind the wheel. At the time, autonomous driving vehicles were still a distant speck on the horizon of the...more

E=mc2 - What Einstein Can Teach Your Dealership About Drafting Pay Plans

by Fisher Phillips on

I bet you’ve heard of the famous equation E=mc2. You may know that Albert Einstein is credited as its developer. You may even know that it’s often called the Theory of Relativity. But, like most people, you might not know...more

Understanding The Warranty Of Fitness For Particular Purpose In The Automotive Supply Chain

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

For automotive suppliers, some of the most important terms in any contract for the purchase or sale of goods are the warranties that apply to those goods. This article will address one particular kind of warranty – the...more

Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) - The World in US Courts: Spring 2018

RICO Claim Against US Entities Rejected Because Injury to Potential Legal Claims Was “Suffered” Only in Non-US Location Where Plaintiff Was Based - Armada (Singapore) Pte Limited v. Amcol International Corporation, US...more

Personal Jurisdiction/Forum Non Conveniens - The World in US Courts: Spring 2018

Forum Non Conveniens Not Available Where Moving Defendant Failed to Establish It Was Amenable to Process in an Alternative Forum - Arcelik A.S. v. E.I. Du Pont De Nemours and Company, United States District Court for the...more

This Week in Congress: May 2018 #1

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The House and Senate convene today at noon and 3 p.m., respectively. The White House is expected to submit an $11 billion rescissions package to Congress this week. The proposed spending cuts would target unused funds that...more

Current State of Autonomous and Connected Vehicles

by Dickinson Wright on

All manner of news reports about autonomous vehicle (AV) and connected vehicle technologies have become ubiquitous. Reports about Silicon Valley upstarts Uber, Tesla and Waymo draw particular attention, some favorable (Waymo...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The DOJ has charged former VW chief exec Martin Winterkorn (and 5 others) with conspiring to defraud the US government in Volkswagen’s “yearslong effort to rig its diesel vehicles to feign compliance with federal emissions...more

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