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German Court rules on Porsche design

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The silhouette and outer appearance of the first Porsche is world famous. Up until today, we see the charismatic shaping mirrored in the current model series. It has been a remarkable and uncomparable success story ever since...more

Mintz - Intellectual Property Viewpoints

Franchised Automobile Dealerships Count as Regular and Established Places of Business for Purposes of Proper Patent Infringement...

In our continuing post-TC Heartland coverage, Judge Rodney Gilstrap of the Eastern District of Texas recently issued an interesting decision regarding the venue analysis for car companies selling into a particular...more

Carlton Fields

Volkswagen Passes Fairness Test For Class Settlement In Dispute Over “Defeat Devices” To Bypass Emission Tests

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Last month the Ninth Circuit affirmed a district court decision approving a class settlement regarding Volkwagen’s marketing of clean diesel vehicles that used so-called “defeat devices” to circumvent emissions tests. ...more

Hogan Lovells

US: Authorized automobile dealerships drive discussion on patent venue in the Eastern District of Texas

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In May 2017, the Supreme Court tightened the rule for venue over domestic defendants in patent infringement cases finding that, under 28 U.S.C. § 1400(b), venue is proper only “in the judicial district where the defendant...more

Ballard Spahr LLP

Ignition MDL Flips Switch on Longstanding Manifestation Requirement

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In a sweeping, and arguably results-oriented opinion, the district court overseeing the General Motors ignition switch multidistrict litigation recently ruled that in roughly half of the nation's jurisdictions, a plaintiff...more

Stoel Rives LLP

In Case You Missed It - Interesting Items for Corporate Counsel - September 2018

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Much has been written about what on earth Elon Musk was thinking when he tweeted last month: “Am considering taking Tesla private at $420. Funding secured.” The tweet led to a 9% spike in Tesla’s stock price and to a...more

Foley & Lardner LLP

Force Majeure Best Practices – Hurricane Florence Edition

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The threat presented by Hurricane Florence has forced government officials to order South Carolina residents to evacuate hurricane zones. The mandatory evacuation and closure of many businesses and schools in the area has...more

Perkins Coie

Recent Developments in State Regulatory Approaches to Electric Vehicle Infrastructure

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Thanks to better technology and lower costs, fuel efficient electric vehicles (EVs) are on the move in nearly every state in the country. EVs have sparked what some believe will be a transportation sector transformation. And...more

Foley & Lardner LLP

3D Printing Continues Making Inroads in Auto Industry

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Additive manufacturing (aka 3D printing) has long been a growing part of the auto industry. Companies started out using 3D printing for prototypes and small batch production. As technology advanced, the role of 3D printing is...more

Ballard Spahr LLP

Will the NYDFS pick up the baton on disparate impact auto dealer pricing?

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If you’ve followed the status of the CFPB’s enforcement actions under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act related to auto dealer finance charge participation, you probably would have concluded that those cases are unlikely to...more

Foley & Lardner LLP

Raw Material and Commodity Purchasing – Key Concerns for Manufacturers

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On August 9, 2018, Original Equipment Suppliers Association (“OESA”) held its 2018 Automotive Commodities Event covering a variety of topics related to commodities purchasing, including strategies for price risk management,...more

Foley & Lardner LLP

From Econobox to Land Yacht: Upsizing Electric Vehicles for Larger Margins

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When the Toyota Prius was first introduced to the United States back in 2000 (and to Japan earlier in 1997), it set the stage for a distant future tsunami of hybrid models. However, early hybrid models were aimed at meeting...more

Robins Kaplan LLP

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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Markets are joining the American mid-Atlantic and East Coast in bracing for Hurricane Florence and the estimated $27 billion in damages it could bring with it....more

Fisher Phillips

Vulnerable Vendors: Automakers’ Data Breach Highlights Importance of Vendor Cybersecurity

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This summer, several automakers, including Tesla, Toyota, General Motors, Ford, and Volkswagen learned that their closely held trade secrets were readily available on the internet. The source? An unprotected back-up server....more

Jones Day

Connected Cars and Autonomous Driving—EU Antitrust Challenges (Part II)

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The Background: The automotive industry has achieved a number of technological advances aimed at developing connected cars, automated vehicles, and ultimately autonomous driving. These innovations are expected to pose a...more

Foley & Lardner LLP

Can Self Driving Cars Provide Cities a New Way to Understand Road Conditions?

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If you happen to drive, ride a bus, take the train, or hop in the occasional Uber or Lyft, you’ve likely experienced the deteriorating nature of roads and general infrastructure throughout the United States. Often littered...more

White & Case LLP

Mexico and the United States Reach Preliminary Agreement in Principle in NAFTA Negotiations

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On August 27, 2018, Mexican and US officials announced a breakthrough in the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Mexican Minister of Economy Ildefonso Guajardo and United Sates Trade...more

Foley & Lardner LLP

Free Trade Agreement Between U.S. and Mexico Sounds Good, but What Was Really Agreed Upon?

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On August 27, 2018, the United States and Mexico publicized that they have reached a "preliminary agreement in principle" to update NAFTA. The third treaty-partner, Canada, would then join the negotiations on what is assumed...more

Jones Day

Connected Cars and Autonomous Driving—EU Antitrust Challenges (Part I)

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The Background: The automotive industry has achieved a number of technological advances aimed at developing connected cars, automated vehicles, and ultimately autonomous driving. These innovations are expected to pose a...more

Robins Kaplan LLP

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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Coke is buying British coffee-shop chain Costa for $5.1 billion, as the coffee wars just keep on chugging. Costa has 3800 stores in 32 countries and “a foothold in China,” making Coke an instant player in the field....more

Robins Kaplan LLP

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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A mix of corporate tax cuts and a strong economy helped propel US corporate profits to a 16.1% year-over-year gain, the best figure in 6 years...more

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Mexico and U.S. Are Back in Business

The United States and Mexico reached a preliminary agreement on revisions to the North American Free Trade Agreement on Monday, ending months of political uncertainty and threats of harsh international trade policies between...more

Foley & Lardner LLP

Here Comes the U.S.-Mexico Trade Agreement

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The North American Free Trade Agreement – NAFTA for short – just took one step closer to no longer existing. As originally reported by the NY Times, the United States and Mexico announced that they had reached agreement on...more

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

US Implements First Round of Iran Sanctions ‘Snap Back’

On August 6, 2018, President Donald Trump issued Executive Order 13846 to reimpose certain nuclear-related sanctions against Iran that had previously been suspended in January 2016 in connection with the United States’...more

Robins Kaplan LLP

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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As expected based on news over the weekend, the US and Mexico have announced a preliminary deal to revise “key portions” of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Notably, Canada is thus far left out in the cold....more

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