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

Identifying and Addressing Troubled Supplier Situations

“They’ve stopped shipping!” That’s a phrase that is sure to throw any vehicle manufacturer or automotive parts supplier into a full-blown panic. The reason, of course, is that in order to increase efficiency and reduce waste, the automotive industry operates on a “just in time” basis, with vehicle manufacturers and component suppliers having little inventory on hand and instead relying on continuous shipments of component parts to continue production. Read More

Contract Exit Strategies You Never Knew You Had

Perhaps you weren’t able to negotiate a raw material adjustment mechanism and, as luck would have it, a natural disaster causes an unexpected shortage of raw materials and prices go through the roof. Or, maybe you began supplying without fussing over the contract’s capacity obligations because you were just looking to fill your capacity and then, just a few years later, volumes skyrocket and now you’re paying overtime and expedited shipping just to keep up.  Maybe it’s just the opposite – volumes aren’t materializing as estimated and you’re passing up other opportunities to fill your capacity because it’s already committed. Read More

Is Trade Secret Law the Solution for Protecting Autonomous Vehicle Software?

According to some estimates, vehicles sold today include an astounding 100 million lines of computer code. The development of autonomous vehicles will likely see that number grow. Many automotive suppliers have traditionally relied on patents to safeguard key software innovations. However, evolving patent standards may suggest that trade secret law offers an alternative avenue for protecting certain software solutions. Read More
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