Tech & Car Companies Resist California's Proposed Autonomous Vehicle Rules


A who’s who of the automotive and tech sector reacted with concern at the state of California’s proposed rules for autonomous vehicles. Among other things, the companies were not happy that what the United States made voluntary, California may make required.

As reported by Reuters, the industry objected to the following: Continue reading this entry

European Union Posts September Car Sales Record, Asian Markets Continue to Grow


New car sales in Europe grew by 7.3% in September, marking a new record for September.  This growth continued despite concerns over Brexit.  In the first nine months of 2016, European Union passenger auto registrations grew by 8%. Italy, Spain, and Germany posted the largest growth, while France, and the UK also continued gains for the first 9 months of the year.  Passenger car sales are projected to grow by approximately 6% this year. Continue reading this entry

Brexit: Hard Landing/Soft Landing or Down the Rabbit Hole: What’s Ahead?


This is the third in an ongoing series of blog posts by Foley & Lardner LLP on the implications of the June 23, 2016 referendum decision in the United Kingdom (“UK”) to exit the European Union (“EU”) (“Brexit”). Prior articles reviewed developments leading up to the Brexit vote, possible alternatives/outcomes, likely competition law and procedure implications as well as risks/uncertainties for standardization and innovation posed by Brexit.

This article reports on the current status of Brexit, on preliminary positions taken by the UK and the EU as well as on the shape Brexit may take when the exit process ultimately comes to fruition. Will the UK make a decisive hard, clean break from the EU to regain its “independence” (the “hard landing”)? Will the UK seek to negotiate a limited withdrawal from the EU, maximizing the advantages of EU participation while eliminating what may be perceived as the negative, unacceptable elements of EU membership (the “soft landing”?) Or, will the outcome resemble Alice’s nightmare journey down the “rabbit hole” to a “wonderland” world where nothing is as it seems and even the clocks appear deceptively wrong? “Time” will tell. However, at this point it looks like the old adage about making sausage once again rings true – it isn’t going to be pretty. Continue reading this entry

U.S. EPA Issues Revisions to Hazardous Waste Generator Rule, To Be Finalized in October 2016

Sustainability Reporting Standards for the Automotive Industry

The following post is provided by our guest author, Karen Lutz from TRC Environmental Corporation. Karen can be reached at

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published proposed revisions to Hazardous Waste Generator regulations in September 2015. The public comment for the proposed revisions closed at the end of December 2015 and the revisions are currently planned to be published as final in October 2016.  Revisions to definitions, hazardous waste identification requirements, and hazardous waste generator standards could impact any facility that generates hazardous waste. Continue reading this entry

The New Supreme Court Term: Cases for the Automotive Industry to Watch

U.S. Supreme Court Expands Scope of Whistleblower Protections

A new Supreme Court term is once again underway. This one looks to be unique in that it is likely to be an eight-Justice bench into 2017—with Republican leaders standing firm on their refusal to go forward with confirming any nominee appointed by President Obama, it is likely that any new ninth justice will have to wait until after inauguration day to even receive a hearing, much less take the bench.

Justice Scalia’s absence has had at least some effects on the cases that the Court has taken and decided: the Supreme Court has taken cases at a slower pace than in recent years, and toward the end of the last term, showed signs of trying to dispose of cases on narrow grounds that could avoid a 4-4 deadlock. While the docket is thinner than in years past, and while the Court may decide some of its cases on narrower grounds that can get broader support from the eight Justices, the Court still has cases on its docket that the automotive industry should watch carefully.  Three of these case include: Continue reading this entry