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HTMLTransforming the China Automotive Industry - Finding a Path Forward
Mark A. Aiello, Steven H. Hilfinger, Selig D. Sacks; Foley Lardner LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 14, 2014, previously published on November 6, 2014
The Global Automotive Forum 2014 was held in Wuhan, China October 16-17. This was the fifth annual convening of the event by the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT), the last two of which have been held in Wuhan. The official title of the program was “The Vision for...

 

HTMLStop Product Liability Claims Now!
Jeffrey A. Soble; Foley & Lardner LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 12, 2014, previously published on October 27, 2014
More and more recalls mean more and more product liability claims. Even without recalls, for companies in the Automotive Industry product liability claims are a way of life. So, what do you do to prevent such claims? Knowing that they are inevitable, what do you do to make sure that their impact is...

 

HTMLThe Connecticut Supreme Court Restricts the Plaintiff’s Ability to Rely On the “Malfunction Doctrine” to Support A Product Liability Claim
Eric W. F. Niederer; Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 10, 2014, previously published on October 1, 2014
A recent decision handed down by the Connecticut Supreme Court may significantly impact the way product liability lawsuits are litigated within the state of Connecticut in the future. In a products liability case, the “malfunction doctrine” permits the plaintiff to argue at trial that a...

 

HTMLMassachusetts, Where Only Young Rubber Hits the Road
Robert D. Sullivan; Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 8, 2014, previously published on February 18, 2014
Massachusetts 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...

 

HTMLUpdate: Anti-Tire Aging Legislation in Massachusetts
Robert D. Sullivan; Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 8, 2014, previously published on May 20, 2014
Our February 18, 2014 blog, Massachusetts, Where Only Young Rubber Hits the Road, covered An Act to Increase Road Safety, proposed by the Massachusetts House of Representatives, which was assigned bill tracking number H3016. The Act would require issuance of a rejection certificate for any vehicle...

 

HTMLCadillac Moving to the Big Apple
Chao Meng; Foley & Lardner LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 13, 2014, previously published on October 6, 2014
General 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...

 

HTMLMontana Judge Reduces Punitives In Automotive Case But Award Still Vulnerable On Appeal
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 9, 2014, previously published on October 2, 2014
In 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...

 

HTMLNHTSA's September Scrutiny
Christopher H. Grigorian; Foley & Lardner LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 7, 2014, previously published on October 2, 2014
September was a difficult month for NHTSA. During one week alone, a New York Times article blasted NHTSA for failing to investigate a number of defects that later resulted in injuries and fatalities and, ultimately, recalls; the House Energy & Commerce Committee issued a scathing report...

 

HTMLFord Issues Escape, Mariner Recall
Jennifer L. Keel; Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 30, 2014, previously published on September 16, 2014
Ford recently announced it is recalling nearly 74,000 Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner hybrid electric vehicles because of the fear the electronic systems inside the cars could overheat. Of the total recalled vehicles, 66,000 were Escapes and 7,800 were Mariners, sold in North America. Most of the...

 

HTMLChrysler Recalling Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos
Jennifer L. Keel; Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 30, 2014, previously published on September 26, 2014
Chrysler recently announced it will be recalling nearly 189,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango sports utility vehicles to fix a fuel pump issue that might cause the vehicles to stall.

 


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