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Elevated warranty expenses for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) are expected to continue in 2018, and automotive suppliers can expect to continue paying a greater per-vehicle share of these expenses. Because OEM purchase orders and corresponding terms and conditions contain highly OEM-favorable language, exceptions and limitations to supplier warranties are difficult to negotiate.…
Nobody likes a fight. Well, almost nobody. Trial lawyers, boxers, and MMA fighters might be the only ones. But, in business, the occasional fight is pretty much inevitable. What fights do we foresee for those in the auto industry in 2016? Well, we see the potential for some in the supply chain in one form or another. Specifically, the automotive industry is expected to see more force majeure events, product recalls, and warranty issues. It’ll…
Foley & Lardner LLP (“Foley”) hosted a breakfast program, “Top Issues Facing the Automotive Industry in 2016,” held in conjunction with the North American International Auto Show on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at the Detroit Athletic Club. The Foley program featured industry leaders Karl Heimer, Founding Partner of AutoImmune Inc., Praveen Chandrasekar, Consulting & Research Manager at Frost & Sullivan, Matthew Paroly, Chief Legal Officer for TI Automotive, and Foley Partner Christopher Grigorian. Foley Chairman…
As automotive suppliers continue to add employees to keep up with industry growth, legal departments or top management may desire to hire experienced in-house counsel to support the business. To ensure the right fit, suppliers should not rely solely on legal recruiters or human resources. For example, candidates likely will be able to explain common industry acronyms, such as OEMs, POs and Tier 1 supplier. But what about PPAP, DV testing and PV testing? Can…
Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) issued new general terms and conditions (Terms) for production and Mopar purchasing that will apply to all purchase orders issued after December 1, 2014. The new Terms are not retroactive and apply only to the NAFTA region. The Terms include 41 provisions and reflect significant changes from prior iterations, especially with respect to identifying additional compliance and administrative obligations for suppliers.…