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Recently Introduced Bill Takes New Approach to Reach Familiar Goal in California

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Over the past decade, California has passed sweeping legislation to cut greenhouse emissions in its efforts to slash emissions by 80 percent from 1990 levels by 2050. Phil Ting, a California Assemblymember, hopes his recently...more

Top Legal Issues Facing the Automotive Industry in 2018

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Foley’s Automotive Industry Team has prepared this report examining what the litigation, enforcement and regulatory landscape is likely to look like in 2018 and beyond. Inside, you will learn about: Managing warranty,...more

Connected Vehicles in Focus at 2018 CES

by Hogan Lovells on

In addition to displaying a wide array of next-generation connected vehicle technologies, the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (“CES”) hosted lively discussion of the new possibilities that will be created as vehicles become...more

Warning Light: The FTC is Monitoring the Connected Car Marketplace

by Reed Smith on

In a recently published “Staff Perspective,” the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) appears to be staying true to the regulatory humility approach Acting Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausen underscored in her opening remarks to the...more

2017 in Review: Three State Enforcement Trends Impacting the Auto Finance Industry

Auto lenders, like many private citizens, began 2017 curious as to what change the impending Trump administration would bring. In the landscape of government enforcement, however, the consensus amongst industry participants...more

Australia's ACCC Alarmed at Increasing Issues Arising from Consumer Guarantees

by Jones Day on

The Situation: The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission ("ACCC") has identified a 39 percent increase in consumer guarantee reports in 2017 as compared with 2016, from 21,000 to 29,000. Looking Ahead: The ACCC...more

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

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