Tag Archives: compliance

Minimize the Risk of External Whistleblower Activity

External whistleblower activity can be very costly in the auto industry. As the industry continues to develop, prevention of whistleblower claims will only grow in importance. It’s an issue that can impact every company within the industry, both foreign and domestic. Retaining employees is one method of minimizing the risk of whistleblowing. Compliance can also … Continue reading this entry

Querétaro, Mexico: The Secret Automotive Hub

I write this blog post from Querétaro, Mexico, a city of two million people that I have to admit I did not even know was here until two years ago when a local lawyer reached out to introduce himself and talk about the automotive industry. Not only are there two million people, but there is … Continue reading this entry

2016 Outlook: NHTSA, Automotive Safety, and Cybersecurity

2016 will likely be an active year for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and increased enforcement actions and new technology and privacy measures are expected. Below are four things to keep in mind for the coming year.… Continue reading this entry

Foley Hosts Breakfast Program at 2016 Auto Show

Foley & Lardner LLP (“Foley”) hosted a breakfast program, “Top Issues Facing the Automotive Industry in 2016,” held in conjunction with the North American International Auto Show on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at the Detroit Athletic Club. The Foley program featured industry leaders Karl Heimer, Founding Partner of AutoImmune Inc., Praveen Chandrasekar, Consulting & Research … Continue reading this entry

California Proposes Regulations On Deployment of Autonomous Cars

California’s DMV recently released preliminary regulations on self-driving cars—and proposed a ban on cars without a driver on board. The rules stem from a 2012 law ordering the DMV to issue rules on autonomous vehicles. The testing regulations were approved in May 2014. The most recent proposed rules relate to the deployment of autonomous vehicles on … Continue reading this entry

Best Practices to Avoid Common FCPA Violations: Third-Parties

While the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) is an extremely complex act, there are two common FCPA violations of which automotive companies with international operations should be particularly sensitive. We recently discussed the challenges associated with providing gifts, meals, and entertainment to customers. In this post, we discuss another common issue: using third-parties abroad. Third-Parties … Continue reading this entry

Best Practices to Avoid Common FCPA Violations: Gifts, Meals, and Entertainment

As our previous posts illustrate, violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) can carry a hefty cost. Two issues are commonly the impetus for FCPA violations and, practically speaking, pose significant FCPA compliance challenges. Automotive companies which conduct international business should be particularly sensitive to (1) providing gifts, meals, and entertainment to potential and existing … Continue reading this entry

The High Cost of an FCPA Violation

Violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) can lead to hefty penalties. Indeed, individuals who violate the FCPA, and their employers, could be on the hook for a variety of penalties described below. Businesses need to be aware of these potential consequences in order to appropriately perform risk-based analyses and determine what level of … Continue reading this entry

Top Antitrust Issues Facing Automotive Suppliers in 2015

Recent U.S. and international antitrust developments will have important implications in 2015 for the automotive industry. U.S. antitrust developments include, in particular: The ongoing antitrust investigations and civil damage litigation involving the auto parts industry; Ever-increasing pressure for effective legal compliance programs; and Challenges to mergers (large and small, non-reportable) underscoring continued tough and aggressive enforcement … Continue reading this entry

Doing Business With the Government With Reduced Risk

Entering into business with the U.S. Government provides companies, including those in the automotive industry, with the opportunity to expand their business base, with tremendous potential. Even with the current budget cuts and the evolving effects of sequestration, the U.S. Government continues to spend a significant amount of money each year procuring goods and services. In … Continue reading this entry

Conflict Minerals: Key Initial Compliance Steps for Companies

The SEC’s conflict minerals reporting rules became effective January 1, 2013, and those rules impose burdens on companies throughout the automotive supply chain, given how prevalent the so-called “conflict minerals” are in automotive applications. We covered the SEC’s conflict minerals rules in detail in a Legal News Alert we prepared in August 2012, when the … Continue reading this entry