Standard-setting for connected vehicles: an antitrust concern?

Operating the Connected Vehicle Network

The auto industry is gearing up for a big transformation. As General Motors CEO Mary Barra said in an interview last year with the Wall Street Journal, “[w]e’re going to see more change in the next five to 10 years than we’ve seen in the last 50.” Whether businesses survive the shake-up will depend on their ability to innovate in electric and fuel cell technology, to integrate automated driving features, to offer mobility services and to harness the massive amount of data that underpins it all.
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Southern Automotive Conference Touts the Benefits of Southern Manufacturing

The Southern Automotive Conference recently concluded in Biloxi, Mississippi. The Governor of Mississippi, Phil Bryant, showed his 1952 Bel-Air Station Wagon with some pride during his presentation as a salute to Mississippi’s version of the Woodward Cruise, Cruising the Coast. However, the focus of his presentation and that of the other speakers was directed toward the future of automotive manufacturing in the South and not on nostalgia.
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Michigan Mold Lien Act Interpreted by the Court of Appeals to Deprive Unpaid Mold Builders of Liens

Michigan’s Mold Lien Act, MCL §445.611 et seq. (the “MLA”), protects mold builders by giving them a lien on any mold they construct that requires third parties relying on the mold to respect the original purchase agreement with the mold builder. By following the procedures set forth in this act, mold builders are protected – or so they thought. Recently, the Michigan Court of Appeals (“COA”) threw this protection into doubt with its ruling in Sejasmi Industries, Inc. v A+ Mold, Inc. et al, Macomb County Circuit Case No. 14-004273-CB, Court of Appeals No. 328292, Supreme Court No. 153625, wherein the COA essentially strips the mold builder of the security interest in its own mold. Read More

Data Breaches: The Risk, the Cost and What You Can Do to Protect Against Them

It comes as no surprise that data breaches are increasing for American corporations. 2016 is on pace to exceed 2015 in both the number of breaches and the total records compromised. And, 2015 far surpassed 2014. Read More

Michigan continues its march to position itself as the leader in automated vehicle legislation, but not without legislative challenges.

Earlier this year, Michigan State Senators Kowal, Warren and Horn introduced four nation-leading bills regarding automated vehicles and created the American Center for Mobility. Identified as senate bills 995-998, this package addresses the operation of truly autonomous vehicles and the establishment of Safe Automated Vehicles Environment (SAVE) zones that allow for the operation of geo-fenced fleets of fully autonomous vehicle services—just imagine GM-owned and operated (with a little help from Lyft), fully automated, driverless vehicles that would be available on-demand to shuttle folks throughout downtown Detroit. Read More
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