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Autonomous Cars...When?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Self-driving, autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicles seem everywhere, yet nowhere. Here at the Dashboard, we seem to never stop writing about them or the issues associated with them. For example, here, here, here, and here –...more

FTC Staff Releases Paper Highlighting Key Privacy and Security Issues for Autonomous and Connected Vehicles

by WilmerHale on

The Federal Trade Commission Staff (FTC) released a new “Staff Perspective” on January 9, 2018, that highlights key privacy and data security issues related to autonomous and connected vehicles. The Staff Perspective outlines...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

More trouble for the embattled British PM Theresa May. We learned yesterday that Britain’s second-largest construction firm—Carillion—was forced into liquidation after amassing a staggering $1.35 billion in debt. The downfall...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

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

In naming Gregory Abel and Ajit Jain vice chairs, Berkshire Hathaway took another big step this week in laying out LAWB (Life After Warren Buffet)....more

Tough NAFTA Negotiations Continue

by Bennett Jones LLP on

In October, at the fourth round of the NAFTA renegotiations in Washington, several U.S. proposals caused major problems for both Canada and Mexico—and many interested parties in the United States... Originally published...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

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

Brands Tap Into GM’s In-Vehicle Marketplace Feature

by Reed Smith on

In early December, General Motors Co. (“GM”) unveiled Marketplace, an in-vehicle commerce platform facilitating on-demand goods and services, including the ability to make reservations, order food, and locate the nearest gas...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

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

Putative Class Member’s Spoliation Of Evidence Disqualifies Him As A Class Representative

by Carlton Fields on

A district court recently disqualified a plaintiff from acting as a class representative because his spoliation of evidence rendered him an atypical class member. The plaintiffs allege that casting sand used in creating Jeep...more

Common Defect Found in Multiple-Model Product Liability Class Action

by Bennett Jones LLP on

In a recent case before the British Columbia Supreme Court, N&C Transportation Ltd. v. Navistar International Corp., 2016 BCSC 2129 [N&C], Justice Skolrood certified a multiple-model product liability class action after...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

European authorities have opened an investigation into Inter Ikea, one of the Swiss retail giant’s two primary divisions based in the Netherlands, over “concerns that it may have been given unfair tax advantages”....more

Automakers Try to Compete With Tech Companies

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Why do we need Android Auto or Apple Carplay? Why are our vehicles’ infotainment systems not just built with Android and/or iOS software? These questions ran through my mind as I was reading a recent story from Quartz.com...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

Legal report on electromobility

by DLA Piper on

This report prepared within our DLA Piper Electromobility Team in Poland presents a number of issues concerning the development of electromobility and the applicable legal framework in six European countries: Germany,...more

AV START Act Addresses Privacy and Cybersecurity Issues Associated With the Development of Highly Automated Vehicles

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In proposed amendments earlier this week to the current draft of the "AV START Act," the Senate addressed important cybersecurity, data access, and privacy concerns associated with the development of highly automated vehicles...more

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

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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

Insuring Autonomous Vehicles in the Fabulous New

by Bennett Jones LLP on

In Blade Runner 2049, Nexus-9 replicant Luv asks the LAPD’s Lieutenant Joshi, “In the face of the fabulous new your only thought is to kill it? For fear of great change? You can't hold the tide with a broom.”...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

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