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|ALJ Essex Sets 16-Month Target Date in Certain Stainless Steel Products (337-TA-933)|
Eric W. Schweibenz; Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, L.L.P.;
November 22, 2014, previously published on November 6, 2014On November 6, 2014, ALJ Theodore R. Essex issued Order No. 4 in Certain Stainless Steel Products, Certain Processes for Manufacturing or Relating to Same and Certain Products Containing Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-933).
|Six Tips for Protecting Manufacturers' Most Valuable Assets - Trade Secrets|
Nicholas J. Ellis, Nicholas E. Williams; Foley Lardner LLP;
November 14, 2014, previously published on November 5, 2014Long gone are the days when spies needed physical access to information to steal, copy, or photograph it; modern technology now enables instantaneous global access and transmission. Protecting trade secrets ranks high on manufacturers’ priority lists, yet understanding “how” to...
|EPA Advocacy Can Add Value to a Manufacturer’s Bottom Line|
Sarah A. Slack; Foley & Lardner LLP;
November 12, 2014, previously published on October 29, 2014Whether you’re manufacturing widgets or rubber bands, paper products or cheese, one thing most manufacturers have in common is being subject to various regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Manufacturers often experience regulation as an imposition of new, stringent...
|GAO Releases Report on CPSC Response to New and Emerging Hazards|
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
November 2, 2014, previously published on October 20, 2014On October 14, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) published a report entitled “Consumer Product Safety Commission: Challenges and Options for Responding to New and Emerging Risks.” The report analyzes the timeliness of the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC)...
|Family of Former Tire Builder Awarded $18.6 million in Asbestos Lawsuit|
DeHay Elliston L.L.P.;
November 1, 2014, previously published on October 1, 2014On September 5, 2014, a Dallas County jury found Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. grossly negligent in the death of former employee, Carl Rogers.
|Trans Pacific Partnership Negotiations Struggling|
David T. Ralston; Foley & Lardner LLP;
October 30, 2014, previously published on October 22, 2014As election season kicks into high gear, one thing is clear: there will not be any movement on manufacturing legislative policies on Capitol Hill until the “lame duck” session in December, if then. On the campaign trail, manufacturing issues, which are usually framed as economic growth...
|Market for Collision-Avoidance Technology Booms as Cars Become Smarter|
Lauren M. Loew; Foley & Lardner LLP;
October 28, 2014, previously published on October 16, 2014Many mass-market vehicles include sensors and cameras to assist motorists with parking and backing up, and some models even include lane change assist and smart cruise control to maintain a safe distance from traffic ahead. According to IHS Automotive, the demand for collision avoidance technology...
|Patent Office Extends AFCP 2.0 and QPIDS Pilot Programs to September 2015|
Andrew Balazer; Foley & Lardner LLP;
October 15, 2014, previously published on October 13, 2014The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) just announced it has extended the After Final Consideration Pilot program (AFCP 2.0) and the Quick Path Information Disclosure Statement program (QPIDS), which are now set to run until September 30, 2015.
|Cadillac Moving to the Big Apple|
Chao Meng; Foley & Lardner LLP;
October 13, 2014, previously published on October 6, 2014General 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...
|Montana Judge Reduces Punitives In Automotive Case But Award Still Vulnerable On Appeal|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
October 9, 2014, previously published on October 2, 2014In 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...