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|Massachusetts, Where Only Young Rubber Hits the Road|
Robert D. Sullivan; Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP;
November 8, 2014, previously published on February 18, 2014Massachusetts is considering An Act to Increase Road Safety (H3016), which will require issuance of a rejection certificate for any vehicle equipped with a light-truck or passenger tire, including a full-service spare, more than six years old. The bill would amend Massachusetts’s...
|Another One Bites the Dust - Court Strikes Down Non-Solicitation Agreement as Overbroad under New York Law|
Daniel Long; Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
November 1, 2014, previously published on October 24, 2014The latest casualty to post-employment covenants came at the hands of a Connecticut trial court, which struck down a non-solicitation agreement under New York law as reaching beyond the legitimate business interests that deserve protection.
|2014 Automotive Industry Predictions - How Did We Do?|
Jeffrey A. Soble; Foley & Lardner LLP;
October 30, 2014, previously published on October 20, 2014At the beginning of this year, the Dashboard Insights team made some predictions about issues suppliers would face in 2014. In fact, we even dedicated an entire white paper to the subject.
|Market for Collision-Avoidance Technology Booms as Cars Become Smarter|
Lauren M. Loew; Foley & Lardner LLP;
October 28, 2014, previously published on October 16, 2014Many mass-market vehicles include sensors and cameras to assist motorists with parking and backing up, and some models even include lane change assist and smart cruise control to maintain a safe distance from traffic ahead. According to IHS Automotive, the demand for collision avoidance technology...
|ALJ Pender Sets Procedural Schedule In Certain Windshield Wipers (337-TA-928)|
Eric W. Schweibenz; Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, L.L.P.;
October 23, 2014, previously published on ¿On October 20, 2014, ALJ Thomas B. Pender issued Order No. 6 in Certain Windshield Wipers and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-928). Please note that Oblon Spivak represents Complainants in this matter.
|"Turning Up the Heat" - Organizing Efforts in the South|
Jeffrey S. Kopp; Foley & Lardner LLP;
October 15, 2014, previously published on October 9, 2014It is no coincidence that the incredible resurgence of manufacturing in the Southeastern United States occurred in the absence of unionized facilities. Automotive, aerospace, and appliance manufacturers have flocked to the South, from the Carolinas, to Alabama, and Kentucky, where they enjoy...
|Patent Office Extends AFCP 2.0 and QPIDS Pilot Programs to September 2015|
Andrew Balazer; Foley & Lardner LLP;
October 15, 2014, previously published on October 13, 2014The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) just announced it has extended the After Final Consideration Pilot program (AFCP 2.0) and the Quick Path Information Disclosure Statement program (QPIDS), which are now set to run until September 30, 2015.
|Cadillac Moving to the Big Apple|
Chao Meng; Foley & Lardner LLP;
October 13, 2014, previously published on October 6, 2014General Motors’ Cadillac luxury car division, founded in Motown and named for the city’s founder, is moving 650 miles east to New York’s SoHo neighborhood. Cadillac, which has been steadily losing sales to its foreign rivals, is hoping that a trendy New York address will give its...
|Montana Judge Reduces Punitives In Automotive Case But Award Still Vulnerable On Appeal|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
October 9, 2014, previously published on October 2, 2014In May, we posted that a Montana jury awarded the family of two teens involved in a fatal car crash $240 million in punitive damages because of an alleged manufacturing defect in the steering knuckles of the car’s suspension system. Last week, the presiding judge affirmed the jury’s...
|Federal Circuit Upholds Inequitable Conduct Post Therasense For Withheld Information|
Courtenay C. Brinckerhoff; Foley & Lardner LLP;
October 7, 2014, previously published on October 2, 2014In American Calcar, Inc. v. American Honda Motor Co., the Federal Circuit upheld the district court’s finding that three Calcar patents are unenforceable due to inequitable conduct. Both courts reached this decision of inequitable conduct post Therasense despite the fact that the validity of...