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Jun 2019
June 13, 2019
2019 Automotive Supplier Legal Hot Topics

MSU Management Education Center | Hosted By: OESA and Warner

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OESA and Warner Norcross + Judd will be presenting “2019 Automotive Supplier Legal Hot Topics” on June 13, 2019, at the MSU Management Education Center in Troy, Michigan. This breakfast briefing will shed light on recent automotive developments and trends that automotive supplier attorneys and senior executives should understand and prepare for in 2019.
Warner attorneys Michael Brady, Gordon Toering, Dennis Loughlin and Homayune Ghaussi will discuss vital topics to help suppliers prepare for potential industry disruption.
7:30 am Registration, Networking and Continental Breakfast
8:00 am Welcome and Opening Remarks
Steve Horaney, Vice President, Membership and Sales, OESA
Michael Brady, Partner, Co-chair for the Automotive Industry Group, Warner Norcross + Judd
8:10 am Best Practices for Addressing Troubled Suppliers and Customers
Gordon Toering, Partner, Warner Norcross + Judd

Many are seeing increasing signs of financial distress in the supply base. There are legal strategies available when dealing with both financially troubled suppliers and customers, but the strategies are different. Learn how to identify and then use legal tools to address suppliers and customers that are financially distressed. 
Tooling Payment Resolution: How to Address Slow or Delayed Payment of Supplier Tooling
Dennis Loughlin, Partner, Warner Norcross + Judd
Slow or delayed payment of tooling is becoming more common, as the supply chain experiences elevated distress. From quality disputes to disguised cash flow management methods, learn techniques to gain leverage in such situations and protect your company from ending up with the short end of the stick.

Dispute Resolution — How and When to Pick Your Battles: Business Resolution vs. Reserving Rights Under Protest vs. TRO
Michael Brady, Partner, Co-chair for the Automotive Industry Group, Warner Norcross + Judd
Suppliers must regularly deal with supply chain challenges such as a stop-ship threats, price increase demands or plant closures. Sometimes you are applying the stress; sometimes it’s your customer or supplier. From a negotiated resolution, a payment under protest or a rush to the courthouse, learn ways to alleviate those challenges, protect your company’s interests and avoid a supply chain shut down.
Tariff Update and Customer-OEM Reactions
Homayune Ghaussi, Partner, Warner Norcross + Judd
Tariffs have been in place on aluminum, steel, and Chinese products for over a year now, requiring suppliers to navigate costs, exemptions, and customer negotiations. Learn about the current status of tariffs, lessons learned from the past year with suppliers dealing with their customers and OEMS, and other tariffs that might be in the pipeline. 
10:55 am Adjournment

Registration Fees:
OESA Members on or before May 30, 2019 $135
OESA Members between May 31 and June 11, 2019 $185
OESA Members after June 11, 2019
Non-OESA Members on or before May 30, 2019 $185
Non-OESA Members between May 31 and June 11, 2019 $235
Non-OESA Members after June 11, 2019 $370

OESA members and industry guests may register in the events section of For registration assistance, contact OESA at 248.952.6401.

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