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|To Stay Union Free, Auto Industry Employers Must Be Prepared|
Michael W. Groebe; Foley & Lardner LLP;
July 18, 2014, previously published on July 14, 2014As a member of the automotive industry, you know unions are not going away anytime soon regardless of recent defeats like those suffered by the UAW at Volkswagen in Tennessee. The UAW and others have stepped up their organizing efforts and do not be surprised if they come knocking on your...
|Round Three: California Appellate Courts Home in on Duty of Care in Household Asbestos Exposure|
Eimi Watanabe; Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP;
July 18, 2014, previously published on July 1, 2014On June 3, 2014, Wilson Elser issued a Client Alert on the decision in Johnny Blaine Kesner Jr. v. Superior Court of Alameda County (2014) 226 Cal.App.4th 251, in which the First District Court of Appeal held that an employer owed a duty of care to a third party for exposure to asbestos through...
|GDF Suez, Mitsubishi, and NYK Sign Agreement Related to LNG Bunkering|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
July 16, 2014, previously published on July 10, 2014GDF Suez, Mitsubishi Corp., and Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) signed a framework agreement related to the development of an LNG bunkering vessel and an LNG bunkering supply contract between GDF Suez and United European Car Carriers. Under the agreement, NYK will operate an LNG bunkering vessel to be...
|FTC 2014 Amendments to Used Auto Parts Guides|
Foley Lardner LLP;
July 14, 2014, previously published on July 10, 2014The Federal Trade Commission announced amendments, on July 8, 2014, to its Used Auto Parts Guides, intended to prevent unfair or deceptive marketing of used motor vehicle parts and assemblies containing used parts. The FTC’s amended Guides will become effective on August 22, 2014, and...
|China's Auto Industry Invests in Michigan|
Chao Meng; Foley & Lardner LLP;
July 7, 2014, previously published on June 26, 2014With more than $1 billion invested in Michigan each year, Michigan is a top destination for Chinese investors. According to Jerry Xu, the President of the Detroit Chinese Business Association, Chinese investors are coming to Detroit and Southeastern Michigan to partner with American companies and...
|Mexico Strengthens Control Over Disposal of Used Tires|
Mauricio Llamas, Mauricio Villegas; Jones Day;
June 24, 2014, previously published on June 2014On June 4, the Mexican Ministry of Transport and Communications published a decree in the Official Gazette of the Federation through which provisions are amended and added to the General Law for the Prevention and Comprehensive Management of Wastes (the "General Waste Law") and to the Law...
|New Materials Look to Change What Our Cars are Made of|
Jason P. Britt; Foley & Lardner LLP;
June 24, 2014, previously published on June 23, 2014Colin Chapman, the founder of Lotus Cars, is said to have expressed his philosophy of car-building as: “Simplify, then add lightness.” While expanding safety regulations and consumer demands for technology and comfort make simplification a task easier said than done, automakers are...
|Women Drivers Take the Lead in the U.S. — Inching Ahead in Canada and U.K. Too|
Lauren M. Loew; Foley & Lardner LLP;
June 24, 2014, previously published on June 19, 2014As women influence an estimated 80% — or more — of auto purchases, the auto industry has long targeted female buyers. Now, the industry is facing a majority of women drivers, not just buyers. According to Frost & Sullivan and the University of Michigan Transportation Research...
|Telecommuting May Be Reasonable Accommodation|
Baker Sterchi Cowden Rice L.L.C.;
June 23, 2014, previously published on May 30, 2014The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, stating that technological advances have greatly expanded the ability of employees to work remotely, found that telecommuting could be a reasonable accommodation for an employee with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
|Chicago Innovation Hub Gets First Grant - Adaptive Vehicles|
Jeffrey A. Soble; Foley & Lardner LLP;
June 18, 2014, previously published on June 16, 2014The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation (DMDI) Institute has its first grant. That grant, $10 million, is from the Defense Advanced Research Agency (DARPA). DARPA develops new technologies for the United States military.