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Cybersecurity Concerns Surround the Promise of Driverless Cars

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

Driverless cars and driver-assist systems are poised to change transportation as profoundly and as quickly as the internet has changed shopping and communications. Examples of the first wave of this technology that is on the...more

Too Fast and Furious: Ninth Circuit Unwinds Hyundai and Kia Nationwide Class Action Settlement

by Carlton Fields on

In a split panel, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a district court’s certification of a nationwide class action settlement because the lower court failed to conduct a sufficient predominance inquiry under Rule...more

eCall: Privacy and Data Protection Implications

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Beginning in April 2018, all new cars in the European Union (EU) must be equipped with eCall technology. In the event of a serious accident, eCall system automatically communicates the vehicle’s exact location to emergency...more

A closer look at round six of the NAFTA negotiations

by Dentons on

Round six of the NAFTA negotiations concluded in Montreal on January 29, 2018. Trade ministers from Canada, the United States and Mexico rejoined the talks this round with the aim of creating movement on contentious chapters....more

Foley’s 2017 Connected Cars & Autonomous Vehicles Survey - Part 1

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

We’re in the midst of a rapid evolution not only in the way drivers operate their vehicles, but also in the operations, compliance, go-to-market strategy and cyber preparedness of the entire automotive industry. More than 70...more

Survival of the Electric Car Tax Credit

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Section 30D of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”) provides a tax credit of $2,500 to $7,500 per plug-in electric drive motor vehicle depending on the size of the battery. The tax credit generally may be applied by the...more

Automation Of Our Auto Nation: New Tech Requires A New Look At Trade Secret Laws

Self-driving cars—once a thing of the future—are now becoming a reality. And, as with any new technology, there is a learning curve. Once consumers are able to test out new products, they adapt, preferences change, and what...more

Act on Electromobility and Alternative Fuels Enters into Force

by K&L Gates LLP on

The Act of 11 January 2018 on Electromobility and Alternative Fuels enters into force on 22 February this year. It establishes a system of incentives for the promotion of the use of vehicles powered by alternative fuels,...more

Legal Considerations for Ridesharing Companies in the Autonomous Vehicle Industry

by Bryan Cave on

While autonomous vehicles are still in the testing phase, more than 260 companies vie for Venture Capital funding as they drive the industry toward commercialization. Car manufacturers, technology companies, and ridesharing...more

The Importance of Signatures: General Motors’ Unsigned But Fully Negotiated Deal Not Enforceable

by Hogan Lovells on

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Martin Glenn recently decided that a fully-negotiated agreement would not be enforced in the absence of required signatures. The agreement contemplated a settlement between the General Motors bankruptcy...more

Tried and trusted: US M&A in 2017: Industrials and chemicals M&A moves into the digital age

by White & Case LLP on

While market uncertainty surrounding tax reforms and NAFTA negotiations caused sector deal value to take a hit in 2017, technological convergence continues to generate a healthy level of deals....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Markets proved that last Friday’s 600-point Dow drop wasn’t an isolated incident, as all major US indices were down nearly 4% (at least) in a nasty Monday of trading....more

Start-Up Car Companies Clash in Electrifying Trade Secrets Case

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

On Monday, January 29th, Faraday & Future Inc., the electric car manufacturer founded by Chinese billionaire and entrepreneur Jia Yueting, filed a one-count Defend Trade Secrets Act complaint against Evelozcity, Inc., an...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

A look at the big-time Wells Fargo/Fed settlement of last Friday night, which saw the Fed blasting the bank’s board for oversight failures, forcing Wells to replace a full fourth of its 16-member Board, and instituting a rare...more

The Technology to Expect in Level 5 Autonomous Cars

by Howard Ankin on

Human drivers will no longer be necessary in the future thanks to advanced technology that enables Level-5 Autonomous Cars to take the wheel in all types of conditions. This new breed of vehicles is equipped with technology...more

Criminal Enforcement Against Senior Executives: The Fish Rots from the Head

by Michael Volkov on

The compliance community is well aware of the risks in the C-Suite. As you move up the corporate ladder, the level of risk from executive misconduct increases. A rotten executive can quickly bring down a company, destroy...more

Corporate E-Note - January 2018

by Burr & Forman on

In an article published in the current issue of IndustryToday, Birmingham attorney Miya Moore expands on the need for manufacturers to engage in disaster preparedness to ensure business continuity. Many manufacturers are...more

Law Commission gears up for driverless cars

by Hogan Lovells on

Just before Christmas, the Law Commission announced plans to develop laws to support the safe development and use of driverless cars in the UK.  The aim is to develop legislation which may be ready as early as 2021....more

Indirect Auto Lending: GAO Opinion Sets Wheels in Motion for Regulatory Clarity

by Baker Donelson on

A recent finding by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) could have a significant impact on the indirect auto lending industry. Last month, the GAO issued an opinion declaring that a Consumer Financial Protection...more

Top 8 Forecasts for the 2018 Automotive M&A Landscape

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

2017 was a strong year for the automotive sector and related M&A activity, and we’re looking to generally continue that momentum in the year ahead. The new automotive ecosystem, in which traditional OEMs and automotive...more

The Internet of Things and connected cars: new opportunities and risks

by DLA Piper on

The automotive industry is undergoing tremendous change, both in the technology it employs and in the way it does business. People and companies are changing the way they think about cars and car travel. A big part of this...more

Navigating the Road Ahead: Auto Industry Stakeholders and Regulators Convene to Discuss Connected Vehicle Privacy

by Hogan Lovells on

In the same week that the automotive industry gathers in Washington, D.C. for the 2018 Washington Auto Show, a cross-section of automotive stakeholders, government officials, and consumer and privacy advocates came together...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

ECB Chief Mario Draghi’s having none of the US Treasury Secretary’s recent weak-dollar talk, accusing the US official, in not so many words, of “violating agreements among nations against starting currency wars”....more

Navigating the Road Ahead: Auto Industry Stakeholders and Regulators Convene to Discuss Connected Vehicle Privacy

by Hogan Lovells on

In the same week that the automotive industry gathers in Washington, D.C. for the 2018 Washington Auto Show, a cross-section of automotive stakeholders, government officials, and consumer and privacy advocates came together...more

The Ninth Circuit’s Hyundai Decision Is Regrettable But Forgettable

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

This week, by a 2-1 vote, a Ninth Circuit panel reversed a district court’s approval of a massive class action settlement involving Hyundai’s and Kia’s allegedly inflated statements of fuel efficiency. The majority’s long...more

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