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HTMLVolkswagon Announces Recalls as Auto Industry Struggles with Quality
Katie Nealon; Brayton Purcell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 3, 2015, previously published on January 22, 2015
The problem of mass recalls is not unique to the American auto industry. Recently Volkswagon announced it is recalling 37,979 later model cars do to a faulty sealing cap that has the potential to start a fire should it leak.

 

Adobe PDFProposed Regulations Poised to Impact Saskatchewan Vehicle “Dealers”
Daniel Everall; Aird Berlis LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 20, 2015, previously published on January 29, 2015
The Saskatchewan government has requested comments on the proposed overhaul of its consumer protection regime. As part of the changes, the Motor Dealers Act (the “Old Regime”) would be repealed and replaced by The Consumer Protection and Business Practices Act and the Vehicle Dealers...

 

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...

 


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