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|GM Recall Update: Full GM Recall List|
Todd A. Walburg; Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP;
July 29, 2014, previously published on July 8, 2014General Motors announced on June 30, 2014 the recall of another 8.4 million automobiles, bringing the total number of vehicles recalled by GM this year to over 29 million worldwide. Out of the total number of vehicles recalled, 8.2 million are linked to the faulty key ignition system that causes...
|Spotlight on Privacy in the Automotive Industry|
Mark A. Aiello, Chanley T. Howell, Adam C. Losey; Foley & Lardner LLP;
July 26, 2014, previously published on July 24, 2014Privacy is a hot topic these days, and the automotive industry is no exception. Connected cars, in-car location services, telematics systems, event data records (black boxes), driverless cars, online consumer targeted advertising, vehicle-to-vehicle communications, mobile apps for cars, data...
|Obama Pushes Smart Automotive Technology|
Jeffrey A. Soble; Foley & Lardner LLP;
July 23, 2014, previously published on July 21, 2014Here at the Dashboard, we have been leading the charge that the Auto Industry is undergoing a technical revolution. Whether it be new materials, adaptive vehicles, software, or something else, every car you buy, lease or drive is more technologically advanced than the next.
|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...
|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...