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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.

 

HTMLCFPB Proposes to Examine and Directly Supervise Nonbank Auto Lenders
Keith J. Barnett, Thomas M. Byrne, B. Knox Dobbins, Cheryl L. Haas, Jason S. McCarter; Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 25, 2014, previously published on September 19, 2014
On September 17, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed to make nonbank automobile lenders subject to the examination and direct supervision of the Bureau. Under the proposed rule, the CFPB would include as a “larger participant” any company engaging in more than...

 

HTMLCar Fires and Fuel Tank Explosions Remain an Ongoing National Concern
Todd A. Walburg; Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 27, 2014, previously published on August 15, 2014
According to the U.S. Fire Administration's National Fire Incident Reporting System, "from 2008 to 2010, an estimated 194,000 highway vehicle fires occurred in the United States each year resulting in an average of approximately 300 deaths, 1,250 injuries and $1.1 billion in property...

 

HTMLHighway Guardrail Lawsuits Charge Unsafe Design Maiming Drivers
Fabrice N. Vincent; Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 27, 2014, previously published on August 20, 2014
This summer, automotive and product design safety company, Safety Research & Strategies, filed suit against the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), seeking the public release of documents in the case of United States ex rel. Harman v. Trinity Industries. The whistleblower lawsuit alleges...

 

HTMLWill Self-Driving Cars be Accepted by Consumers?
Matthew J. Riopelle; Foley & Lardner LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 27, 2014, previously published on August 21, 2014
As recently discussed on Dashboard Insights, 68% of global automotive industry executives expect self-driving cars to be on the market by 2025. While self-driving cars may be on the market within the next decade, will consumers, particularly American consumers, actually want to own one?

 

HTMLGM Recall Update: Full GM Recall List
Todd A. Walburg; Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 29, 2014, previously published on July 8, 2014
General 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...

 


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