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|Shift to Modular Platforms Raises New Issues for Manufacturers and Suppliers|
Jason P. Britt; Foley & Lardner LLP;
November 25, 2013, previously published on November 21, 2013One way in which next-generation manufacturing is impacting the automotive industry is the movement toward modular architecture. These designs use common underpinnings for various models across a variety of vehicle segments, minimizing the variation between parts needed for these models. Volkswagen...
|Northern California Seeks Safer Limousines|
James P. Nevin; Brayton Purcell, LLP;
November 21, 2013, previously published on November 19, 2013The families of the 5 women who died in a limo fire which took place May, 2013 on the San Mateo Bridge in the Northern California San Francisco Bay Area have filed a wrongful death suit against several companies who maintained, repaired and operated the limousine. The driver, who has been accused...
|Federal Efforts to Reform Auto Lending Based on "Disparate Impact" Theory Gain Steam|
David N. Anthony, Paige S. Fitzgerald, Nicholas R. Klaiber, John C. Lynch, Alan D. Wingfield; Troutman Sanders LLP;
November 21, 2013, previously published on November 14, 2013Few U.S. Supreme Court consumer protection cases over the past year were as closely watched and anxiously anticipated as Mount Holly v. Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, Inc. Scheduled for oral argument on December 4, with a decision anticipated sometime in mid-2014, the housing discrimination...
|How One Struggling Auto Company Used Chapter 15 to Protect its U.S. Assets|
Joanne Lee; Foley & Lardner LLP;
November 15, 2013, previously published on November 14, 2013Although its Israel-based electric car company had already filed bankruptcy in its home country, Better Place, Inc., the U.S. parent of the foreign debtor, filed for protection under chapter 15 of the Bankruptcy Code with the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware earlier this...
|Phasing Out Pre-Euro IV Diesel Commercial Vehicles|
Geoffrey Y. M. Chan, Mei Ling Lew; Mayer Brown JSM;
November 13, 2013, previously published on November 13, 2013The Air Pollution Control (Air Pollutant Emission) (Controlled Vehicles) Regulation (Regulation) was gazetted on 25 October 2013 and comes into operation on 1 February 2014.
|Car Dealers Lose Negotiating Leverage & Profits... and Like it|
Jeffrey A. Soble; Foley & Lardner LLP;
November 13, 2013, previously published on November 11, 2013The Chicago Tribune recently ran a story that will in large part not surprise anyone - car buyers are armed with more information before they walk onto a lot than ever before. But there are some aspects about the article that will surprise people.
|Supreme Court Agrees to Review Greenhouse Gas Ruling|
Morris Polich Purdy LLP;
November 12, 2013, previously published on November 6, 2013Following the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Massachusetts v. EPA, 549 U.S. 497, 529 (2007), that greenhouse gasses “unambiguous[ly]” may be regulated as an “air pollutant under the Clean Air Act (‘CAA’),” the U.S. EPA promulgated a series of...
|U.S. District Court Holds That a Foreign Parent Company Can Be Liable for Pension Liabilities of Its U.S. Subsidiary|
Sullivan Cromwell LLP;
November 12, 2013, previously published on November 8, 2013The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia recently held in Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation v. Asahi Tec Corporation that (i) it had personal jurisdiction over Asahi Tec Corporation (“Asahi”), a Japanese corporation, and (ii) Asahi was liabl e for the underfunded defined...
|Progressive Choice Ins. Co. v. California Automobile Assn. Inter-Ins. Bureau (2013)---- Cal.App.4th----|
McCormick Barstow Sheppard Wayte Carruth LLP;
November 11, 2013, previously published on November 7, 2013On March 27, 2006, Benjamin White was injured in a traffic collision while riding as a passenger in a vehicle operated by Scott Tortora. The adverse driver who caused the collision was underinsured. White was insured under two automobile insurance policies. The first policy, issued by Progressive...
|Handling Complex Auto Insurance Coverage Disputes: Maximize Recovery Through Stacking Automobile Insurance Policies and Utilizing Uninsured Motorist Offsets|
Charles M. McDaniel; Carlock, Copeland & Stair, LLP;
November 8, 2013, previously published on November 5, 2013Too often there is an absence of adequate insurance coverage to compensate an injured party involved in a motor vehicle collision. This proposition holds true even though Georgia law mandates availability of uninsured motorist coverage; thus, the ability for an injured party to secure adequate...