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University of Minnesota’s and Toyota’s Claims Held Unpatentable after Minnesota is Dismissed from IPR

by Knobbe Martens on

The University of Minnesota (UMinn) and Toyota Motor Corp. (Toyota) co-own U.S. Patent 8,394,618 (the ’618 patent). After Reactive Surfaces Ltd. filed a petition for IPR of the ’618 patent, UMinn and Toyota filed a motion to...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

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

China has put the kibosh on micro-lending, a move that has cut short not just the consumer loans themselves but the giant asset-backed securities market—a $37 billion industry in China last year alone. The new curbs have had...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

An overview of last Friday’s jobs report, which saw the US adding fewer jobs than expected but also tracked a welcomed increase in wages for the least-educated workers....more

Sustainable Development Update - December 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Zero-net energy buildings market to reach $78.8 billion by 2025 - Proud Green Building - Nov 30 Come 2025, the global net-zero energy buildings market will have climbed to approximately...more

Sustainable Development Update - July 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Shading and lighting retrofits slash energy use in office demonstration - - Jul 11 - By using advanced lighting and automated shades, scientists from the Department of...more

Arbitration Clauses Extending to Non-Signatory Affiliates: Are They Enforceable?

A recent decision of the New Jersey Court of Appeals considered the enforceability of arbitration agreements by non-signatories. In Foti v. Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., the plaintiff filed a putative class action...more

More Auto Companies Bet on Car-Sharing

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Auto companies around the world have announced partnerships with car-sharing companies, or created their own car-sharing platforms. Toyota announced in October that it is investing in car-sharing service Getaround....more

Industry custom evidence held admissible in CA product liability case based on defective design

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

A recent California appellate decision, Kim v. Toyota Motor Corp, if upheld by the California Supreme Court, could change the landscape in the admissibility of industry custom and practice evidence in strict products...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Holding companies appear to be an important new feature of the “living will” revisions the big banks have been making in an effort to appease the Fed and FDIC’s efforts to stamp out “too big to fail” entities. The idea is for...more

In Pegasus-related copyright suit, judge sidelines as art critic

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

The analysis in an art copyright case can sound like a class discussion in Art Appreciation 101. Take the case of Croak v. Saatchi & Saatchi, which could also be called Pegasus I v. Pegasus II....more

Could the Flying Car Finally Take Off?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Autonomous vehicles have been hailed as the solution to overcrowded roads and their impact on America’s aging infrastructure. However, recent accidents involving automated vehicles have some wondering if having less cars on...more

Hidden Threats to Your Supply Chain

by Varnum LLP on

In 1997, during a period of peak demand, a factory fire at Aisin Seiki Co., one of Toyota's key suppliers, shut down production of P-valves, a small but vital component in Toyota's braking systems. Toyota, champion of...more

Stop Selling Vehicles with Recalled Airbags!!

Report calls for a stop to death and injuries — 11 deaths and over 100 injuries - The “largest and most complex safety recall in U.S. history,” according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, took...more

Will We Continue to Uber and Lyft, or Will We Start to "VW?"

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Volkswagen’s $300 million investment in ride-hailing service Gett is not exactly earth shattering news these days for the automotive industry. But what did catch our eye here at the Dashboard was what Volkswagen said,...more

California Appeals Court Rules Industry Custom & Practice May Be Admissible in Strict Products Liability Cases

by Wilson Elser on

In most product liability lawsuits, the plaintiff will sue under theories of negligence and strict liability. In such cases, the plaintiff may allege that the product’s manufacturer was negligent or that the product was...more

CFPB and DOJ Continue Enforcement Orders Against Indirect Auto Lenders Based on Discriminatory Loan Pricing Policies

by Carlton Fields on

In February the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Department of Justice announced entry of a consent order with Toyota Motor Credit, the U.S. financing arm of Toyota Motors’ subsidiary Toyota Financial Services. The...more

Get Off My Cloud: “BYOC” Workplaces Pose Trade Secrets Risks

There’s been a lot of talk in recent years about “BYOD” (“Bring Your Own Device”) policies, which are becoming increasingly common in the workplace. Employees want the flexibility and ease that comes with being able to use a...more

Automakers Report Increased March U.S. Sales, But is the Pace of Growth Slowing?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Automakers closed out the first quarter with a 3 percent increase over last year’s March sales and 1.59 million cars sold. Some highlights of the 2016 versus 2015 sales numbers include...more

Recent CFPB Enforcement Actions Focus on Data Security and Discriminatory Lending

by Baker Donelson on

In the past two months, consent orders were reached in two high profile enforcement actions. In February 2016, a consent order came out between the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Department of Justice (DOJ) and...more

Evidence of Industry Custom May Be Relevant and Admissible in a Strict Products Liability Action Depending on the Nature and...

In Kim v. Toyota Motor Corp., 2016 No. B247672, the California Court of Appeal, Second District, held that a jury could consider evidence of industry custom to determine whether a product was defective under the risk-benefit...more

Evidence of Industry Custom and Practice May Be Admissible in Strict Products Liability Cases

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

William Jae Kim, et al. v. Toyota Motor Corporation, et al. - Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District (January 19, 2016) - William Jae Kim and Hee Jon Kim filed a strict products liability action against...more

CFPB and DOJ Enter Fourth Enforcement Order Against Indirect Auto Lender Based On Discriminatory Loan Pricing Policies

by Carlton Fields on

On February 2, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and Department of Justice (DOJ) announced entry of a consent order against Toyota Motor Credit (TMC), the U.S. financing arm of Toyota Motors' subsidiary Toyota...more

Another auto finance company agrees to change dealer compensation policy to settle ECOA claims alleged by CFPB and DOJ

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB and Department of Justice (the “Agencies”) announced recently that they have entered into a settlement with Toyota Motor Credit Corporation (TMCC) to resolve charges that TMCC engaged in unlawful discrimination in...more

CFPB and DOJ Continue Aggressive and Controversial Enforcement Efforts Against Indirect Auto Lenders with Enforcement Action...

On February 2, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a joint enforcement action against indirect auto lender Toyota Motor Credit Corporation (Toyota Motor Credit)...more

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