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HTMLWomen Drivers Take the Lead in the U.S. — Inching Ahead in Canada and U.K. Too
Lauren M. Loew; Foley & Lardner LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 24, 2014, previously published on June 19, 2014
As 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...

 

HTMLTelecommuting May Be Reasonable Accommodation
Baker Sterchi Cowden Rice L.L.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
June 23, 2014, previously published on May 30, 2014
The 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).

 

HTMLChicago Innovation Hub Gets First Grant - Adaptive Vehicles
Jeffrey A. Soble; Foley & Lardner LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 18, 2014, previously published on June 16, 2014
The 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.

 

HTMLSouth Carolina Jury Verdict Against Automotive Manufacturer for Alleged Defective Speed Control Deactivation Switch Will Stand
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 17, 2014, previously published on June 14, 2014
After leaving a pick-up truck at a warehouse for the weekend only to return to find the warehouse essentially burnt down for a fire allegedly caused by the truck, a lawn maintenance and pressure washing company brought a products liability case against the pick-up truck manufacturer. The case...

 

HTMLOhio Federal Court Grants Summary Judgment to Tractor Manufacturer on Insurer’s Case Alleging Design Defects
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 13, 2014, previously published on June 9, 2014
Following a fire that entirely destroyed a commercial farming tractor, an insurer paid the tractor’s owner a significant sum under a casualty/property policy, and then brought suit against the tractor manufacturer and the manufacturer of the tractor’s turbocharger alleging defective...

 

HTMLAlabama Federal Court Has Personal Jurisdiction Over Canadian Car Manufacturer That Produced Cars Specifically for Distribution in U.S.
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 13, 2014, previously published on June 9, 2014
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama denied a Canadian car manufacturer’s motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction in a case brought by the estate of a woman killed in a car crash alleging liability under the Alabama Extended Manufacturer’s Liability...

 

HTMLIs it a Car or a Computer on Wheels?
Matthew J. Riopelle; Foley & Lardner LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 11, 2014, previously published on June 9, 2014
Historically, the most sought after features of a car were horsepower, torque and other performance related metrics. However, the importance of the car’s power and towing capacity is increasingly taking a back seat to the technology integrated into the car. As new vehicles become more...

 

HTMLSuppliers to OEMs: We Think We're Turning Japanese
Jeffrey A. Soble; Foley & Lardner LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 10, 2014, previously published on June 5, 2014
The 2014 Annual Automotive OEM-Supplier Relations Study came out in May 2014 and it showed that Japanese OEMs may be rebounding after a couple down years when it comes to their relationships with suppliers. The study, published by Planning Perspectives, Inc. (PPI) relies on the Supplier Working...

 

HTMLBulk of Class Action Against Car Manufacturer for Defective Navigational/Entertainment System Allowed To Proceed
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 9, 2014, previously published on June 4, 2014
In a putative class action brought against a car manufacturer for fraud and breach of warranty claims in fifteen states, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California denied the manufacturer’s motion to dismiss with respect to most claims. The case alleges that the...

 

HTMLCalifornia Announces Regulations for Autonomous Car Testing
Jason P. Britt; Foley & Lardner LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 6, 2014, previously published on May 29, 2014
Just as manufacturers and other businesses at the edge of autonomous vehicle technology are announcing advances in the field—including, most recently, Google’s fully-autonomous prototype vehicle, featuring no controls other than a programmable navigation computer—California has...

 


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