Driving to Recessionary Times

By | 2018-07-16T18:14:29+00:00 June 20th, 2018|Categories: Auto Industry Attorney, Automotive Economy, Automotive Trends|Tags: , , , , , , |

Published June 19, 2018, Los Angeles Daily Journal - As a society, we tend to have short memories, or in some cases, no memories at all. It is difficult to imagine, but 2018 will usher in a new class of young millennials who are, for the most part, complete strangers to the Great Recession. 2009 marks the [...]

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When Will They Stop?

By | 2018-07-19T17:28:49+00:00 October 12th, 2017|Categories: Airbag Recall, Auto Industry Attorney, Auto Recalls, Automotive Economy, Automotive Trends, General Motors, NHTSA|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Last week, Nissan added its name to a long list of automotive manufacturers who have been ensnared in public controversy over corporate malfeasance and the cars it sells to the consuming public. In an unprecedented move, Nissan announced that it was recalling every car it sold in Japan between October 2014 and September 2017. At issue [...]

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Phantom Stock

By | 2018-07-16T22:53:30+00:00 May 3rd, 2017|Categories: Auto Industry Attorney, Automotive Economy, Automotive Trends, Electric Cars, Tesla|Tags: , , , , , , |

Tesla, Inc. — the famed electric car company named after Serbian physicist Nikola Tesla — has done what many considered to be the impossible: It has become the most valuable car company in the nation. Last month laid witness to Tesla’s stock surge to $314 per share, resulting in a market capitalization of $51.3 billion, and [...]

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The Mexican Standoff

By | 2018-07-16T23:50:48+00:00 February 7th, 2017|Categories: Auto Industry Attorney, Automotive Economy, Automotive Trends, Ford, General Motors, The Mexican Standoff|Tags: , , , , , , , |

During his campaign trail, President Donald Trump blasted the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), calling it “the single worst trade deal ever approved in this country,” and promising to either renegotiate it or break it if he was elected. At the center of his attack was the U.S. automotive industry, which has been sending manufacturing [...]

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Getting It Right

By | 2018-07-17T23:41:35+00:00 March 3rd, 2015|Categories: Auto Industry Attorney, Auto Recalls, Automotive Economy, Automotive Trends, General Motors, NHTSA|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Published March 3, 2015, Los Angeles Daily Journal - Last week, a senate committee passed legislation that promises to revolutionize automotive safety. The bill gives whistleblowers who report automotive safety issues to the federal government 30 percent of all fines paid by the automaker that exceed $1 million. The Motor Vehicle Safety Whistleblower Act (S.304) was introduced [...]

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Year of the Snake

By | 2018-07-18T00:12:03+00:00 December 4th, 2014|Categories: Airbag Recall, Auto Industry Attorney, Auto Recalls, Automotive Economy, Automotive Trends, Class Action|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Published December 2, 2014, Los Angeles Daily Journal - To be sure, 2014 will be remembered as a year the world changed — the year that honest disclosure gave way to raw deception; the year that automakers challenged our belief in all that is right and just. The crisis began with General Motors’ admission on Feb. 7 [...]

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A Failed System

By | 2018-07-18T00:17:52+00:00 November 14th, 2014|Categories: Auto Industry Attorney, Auto Recalls, Automotive Economy, Automotive Trends, CAFE, Class Action, Corporate Average Fuel Economy|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Published November 11, 2014, Los Angeles Daily Journal - The sad truth is that automakers face little deterrent from U.S. authorities to correctly represent their vehicles’ fuel economy standards. The Environmental Protection Agency has long required manufacturers to state a vehicle’s fuel economy on the window sticker (officially called the Monroney sticker), but there is no regulatory [...]

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Twenty Years Out

By | 2018-07-18T00:26:37+00:00 October 6th, 2014|Categories: Auto Industry Attorney, Automotive Economy, Automotive Trends, Autonomous Cars, Classic Cars, Collector Cars, Electric Cars, Ford, General Motors|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Published October 7, 2014, Los Angeles Daily Journal - In its quest to be the first manufacturer to develop an autonomous car, General Motors designed the “Highways & Horizons” pavilion — a public display of its self-driving cars that would change the way we think of private transportation. The showing represented “almost every type of terrain in [...]

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The Shocking Truth

By | 2018-07-18T00:36:38+00:00 September 3rd, 2014|Categories: Airbag Recall, Auto Industry Attorney, Auto Recalls, Automotive Economy, Department of Transportation, DOT, NHTSA|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Published September 4, 2014, Los Angeles Daily Journal - On July 9, 2010, an Alameda County jury returned a verdict of $15 million against Enterprise Rent-A-Car for the tragic death of Raechel and Jacqueline Houck, two sisters in their early 20s who had rented a defective car from the company. The Chrysler PT Cruiser they were driving [...]

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There’s No Honor in the System

By | 2018-07-18T00:48:09+00:00 August 11th, 2014|Categories: Automotive Economy, Automotive Trends, CAFE, Corporate Average Fuel Economy, Electric Cars, Fisker, Tesla|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Published August 6, 2014, Los Angeles Daily Journal - Fuel economy is a funny thing. While it is always a consideration for some consumers, its presence on the central stage for others frequently follows world energy politics. In 1973, when the price of crude oil quadrupled in six months during the OPEC oil embargo, fuel economy consideration [...]

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