New Federal Legislation Creates Notice Requirement for Confidentiality Agreements

President Obama recently signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) into law. Effective immediately, the DTSA gives some teeth to federal protections by allowing an employer to sue in federal court for misappropriation of trade secrets. Read More

Disintermediation: A gateway to the OEMs?

You only have to have one eye open to see that the auto industry is changing faster than at any time in recent history. Consider the onslaught of disruptive technologies and services coming on line: electric vehicles, connected cars, self-driving autonomous cars, “on-demand” vehicles like Uber and Lyft and car-sharing services like Zip car. 
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Is Silicon Valley Moving to Detroit?

Speculation continues about Google, Apple or one of the other Silicon Valley behemoths getting into the car business and manufacturing cars of their own. Read More

High Profile Panel Discusses OEM-Supplier Relationship

After less than two months at Warner Norcross & Judd, I was delighted to be asked to moderate a panel at the recent Pure Michigan Automotive Summit, a collaboration between the MEDC and MICHauto. The Summit was a huge success that connected more than 1,200 automotive supplier representatives with business opportunities at a number of OEMs and 51 of their Tier One suppliers. It was the largest matchmaking event of its kind hosted by the state and it was a great opportunity for me to meet so many of the industry’s key players. Read More

Can You Hear the Whistle Blowing?

Well, Volkswagen (VW) heard it last week  ̶  loud and clear! Much of the auto industry’s recent discussion on whistleblower exposure has centered on the Motor Vehicle Safety Whistleblower Act (MVSWA) that was signed into law in December of 2015 as part of the “FAST” Act. The MVSWA incentivizes automotive industry insiders to come forward with information regarding potential vehicle safety defects by offering the possibility of sizeable rewards. However, it’s important that auto companies understand that federal law is not the only whistleblower law they need to worry about, as VW recently discovered. Read More
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