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|Toyota Enters Settlement Negotiations for Sudden Acceleration Cases|
James P. Nevin; Brayton Purcell, LLP;
January 6, 2014, previously published on January 1, 2013Toyota is entering settlement talks for hundreds of pending federal and state lawsuits, alleging sudden unintended acceleration problems with its vehicles that have led to deaths and injuries.
|Exclusion of Expert’s Video Simulation, Because Its Probative Value Was Substantially Outweighed By The Possibility Of Unfair Prejudice, Is Not An Abuse Of Discretion Because The Simulation Could Have Caused Jury To Improperly Defer To Expert’s Opinion|
Rocco J. Carbone; Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.;
January 3, 2014, previously published on January 2, 2014In this automobile accident case, the Fourth District Court held that a trial court’s exclusion of a video simulation—because its probative value was substantially outweighed by the possibility of unfair prejudice—was not an abuse of discretion as it could have caused the jury to...
|Somewhere In Between: Administrative Monetary Penalties|
Suhuyini Abudulai; Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP;
December 20, 2013, previously published on December 19, 2013The Ministry of Consumer Services (Ontario) (the “Ministry”) is proposing to amend certain consumer protection legislation to introduce administrative monetary penalties (“AMPs”), adding to existing enforcement tools available to regulators. Regulators will consult with...
|Government to Soon Require Seatbelts on Large Buses|
Jeffrey H. Rasansky; Rasansky Law Firm;
December 19, 2013, previously published on December 19, 2013A new federal regulation will go into effect in late 2016 and requires all new tour business and any business that provide transportation between cities to have seatbelts.
|What if There was no Tooling?|
Jeffrey A. Soble; Foley & Lardner LLP;
December 19, 2013, previously published on December 19, 2013Having worked for Automotive Industry clients for over a decade, not once did I ever have one tell me that they could not make the products they wanted because there was no tooling. However, a recent study by Harbour Results Inc. says that the Automotive Industry better worry about tooling. As...
|California Court Further Expands FEHA Protections to Employees Based on Association with Disabled Person|
Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak Stewart P.C.;
December 18, 2013, previously published on December 16, 2013Rope v. Auto-Chlor System of Washington, Inc. , No. B242003 (October 16, 2013): Recently, a California Court of Appeal held that a fired employee could proceed with a lawsuit in which he claimed that his employer discriminated against him based on his association with his disabled sister to whom he...
|2014 Consumer Electronics Association® Features Nine Auto Companies|
Jeffrey A. Soble; Foley & Lardner LLP;
December 16, 2013, previously published on December 12, 2013In the latest example of the invasion of technology into the Automotive Industry, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) announced that “a record nine automotive manufacturers will exhibit at the upcoming 2014 International CES [Consumer Electronics Show] ®”. As the Dashboard...
|Important Decision Concerning Car Sharing Services Limits Liability under the Graves Amendment|
Abrams Gorelick Friedman Jacobson LLP;
December 13, 2013, previously published on December 3, 2013The Graves Amendment applies to "car sharing services", a New York Court has held. This means that car sharing services, such as Zipcar, are entitled to the same protections afforded to rental car companies under that federal statute.
|Protecting Manufacturing Advancements is Important For Next-Generation Manufacturers|
Mark A. Aiello, Nicholas E. Kyriakopoulos; Foley & Lardner LLP;
December 12, 2013, previously published on December 9, 2013Manufacturing continues to grow in the United States, fueled primarily by innovations in technology, human capital, and advances in the manufacturing process itself. With the advent of new technologies, particularly technologies that provide an advantage over the competition, next-generation...
|Pièces Automobiles Lecavalier: The Application of GAAR to Cross-Border Debt Forgiveness|
Annie Mailhot-Gamelin; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
December 4, 2013, previously published on November 29, 2013Over the years, taxpayers have developed different techniques for mitigating the potential application of the debt forgiveness rules contained in section 80 of the Income Tax Act (Canada) (Act) in the context of the sale of shares of a corporation with underwater debt owed to its parent.1 One of...