The Mexican Standoff

By |2018-08-30T20:27:57+00:00February 7th, 2017|Categories: Auto Industry Attorney, Automotive Economy, Automotive Trends, Ford, General Motors, The Mexican Standoff|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Published February 8, 2017, Los Angeles Daily Journal - 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 [...]

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Getting It Right

By |2018-07-17T23:41:35+00:00March 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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Swimming in a Sea of Oil

By |2018-07-17T23:50:32+00:00February 5th, 2015|Categories: Automotive Trends, CAFE, Corporate Average Fuel Economy|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Published February 4, 2015, Los Angeles Daily Journal - Last year the U.S. achieved a goal long considered unapproachable: It surpassed Saudi Arabia and Russia to become the world’s largest producer of oil. At 12.5 million barrels per day, the U.S. now extracts more oil than any of the OPEC countries, and more than Iran, Iraq, Kuwait [...]

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Year of the Snake

By |2018-07-18T00:12:03+00:00December 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 |2018-10-02T16:56:10+00:00November 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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There’s No Honor in the System

By |2018-07-18T00:48:09+00:00August 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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Could GM be at it Again?

By |2018-07-19T00:25:42+00:00October 2nd, 2012|Categories: Auto Industry Attorney, Automotive Economy, Automotive Trends, General Motors|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Published October 3, 2012, Los Angeles Daily Journal - In the world of automotive juggernauts, market share is everything. Perhaps this is true in every industry, but it is a particularly important topic among the Detroit 3, who have seen their global dominance wither away to market irrelevance over the past several decades. There once was a time [...]

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Market Forces Challenge Electric Car Industry

By |2018-07-19T00:44:29+00:00September 4th, 2012|Categories: Auto Industry Attorney, Automotive Economy, Automotive Trends, CAFE, Corporate Average Fuel Economy, Electric Cars|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Published October 3, 2012, Los Angeles Daily Journal - In his January 2011 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama announced to the world that the U.S. would lead the charge to replace the internal combustion engine that has been powering cars for the last 100 years. “We can replace our dependence on oil with [...]

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How Soon We Forget

By |2018-07-19T18:41:58+00:00May 3rd, 2011|Categories: Airbag Recall, Auto Recalls, Automotive Economy, Automotive Trends, Class Action, General Motors, NHTSA, Volkswagen|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Published May 3, 2011, Los Angeles Daily Journal - On the one year anniversary of the $16 million fine imposed against Toyota – the largest fine ever levied by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) against an automobile manufacturer – little has been done to change the system that allowed the problem to exist in [...]

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The Ghost in the Machine

By |2018-07-19T20:17:14+00:00October 8th, 2010|Categories: Automotive Economy, Automotive Trends, Autonomous Cars, Electric Cars, NHTSA|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Published October 8, 2010, Los Angeles Daily Journal - It’s fascinating when you think about it, but the day has actually arrived where the average commuter car has more software code in it than existed in the Apollo 11 spacecraft that put the first man on the moon.  Just how far have we progressed?  The Apollo 11 Lunar [...]

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