Navigating Product Recalls

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Recalls are in the news as much as ever. The number of units recalled in 2014 eclipsed the total from 2010-2013, combined. Takata’s recall is expanding to 34 million vehicles as the company enters a Consent Decree with NHTSA. Thus, 2015 will likely exceed 2014. Companies throughout the automotive supply chain face more challenges than ever before in this environment. This is precisely why Crain’s Detroit Business recently put together a group of people experienced in this area (including yours truly) to discuss “How automotive suppliers navigate through the many challenges of a product recall.” Continue reading this entry

Malcolm Gladwell Re-Thinks Automotive Safety in "The New Yorker"

OSHA Turns Its Sights on Auto Suppliers

Recent high-profile product liability lawsuits against automotive manufacturers have captured national attention. These cases have led to a renewed and heightened focus on automotive safety and, specifically, the guidelines and procedures used by automotive manufactures to determine whether to initiate a recall. Continue reading this entry

Is It Time to Switch Gears? Enforceability of Automotive Company Employee Confidentiality Restrictions

New Federal Trade Secret Protections on the Horizon?

Given the large workforces and importance of intellectual property and trade secrets in the automotive industry, automotive companies rely heavily on confidentiality provisions in employment agreements and employee handbooks. Thanks to a recent enforcement action brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), it may be time to review and revise these confidentiality provisions. Continue reading this entry

Is Your Company a Federal Government Contractor?

Suppliers Get Ready For Your Recalls

Many automotive suppliers do not consider themselves federal government contractors because they only sell goods and services to the major OEMs and not directly to the federal government. However, purchase orders with OEMs or other customers that incorporate by reference Federal Acquisition Regulation (“FAR”) clauses, FAR agency supplemental clauses, or other federal government contracting laws and regulations will obligate your company to comply with the government-unique requirements incorporated by reference therein. These FAR and FAR agency supplemental clauses are often found in a customer’s terms and conditions incorporated by reference in the subcontract or purchase order and available on the customer’s website. Continue reading this entry

Foley Named to BTI Client Service 30 for 12th Year and “Go-To Provider” in BTI Brand Elite 2015 Report

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Every now and then, our law firm makes blog worthy news.  In those instances, please pardon our shameless self-promotion.  We here at the Dashboard are proud to share that Foley has been recognized with two outstanding designations by The BTI Consulting Group:

  • 1 of the top 10 U.S. law firms that are most recommended by corporate counsel for client service excellence as reported in the 2015 BTI Brand Elite list
  • Listed in the elite BTI Client Service 30 for the 12th year, placing Foley among one of 11 law firms to hold this distinction for more than 10 years

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