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This is the seventh issue of our newsletter on developments in the automotive industry published by Morgan Lewis’s automotive practice, adding contributions from around the globe by leveraging the experience of the lawyers in our 28 offices. We counsel our automotive clients on a broad range of industry-specific issues, including matters relating to mergers and acquisitions (M&A), antitrust, litigation, regulatory concerns, intellectual property, and labor and employment.
This issue of Morgan Lewis Automotive covers the first quarter of 2016 and touches on issues relating to the connected car, autonomous vehicles, and other developments in the global automotive markets.
In this issue:
- M&A Developments covers two transactions by China’s Ningbo Joyson Electronic, one in Germany and one in the United States; Johnson Controls and Tyco International’s reverse takeover; General Motors’ acquisition of two start-up companies offering mobility services and autonomous driving technology; Iranian government announces privatization of its automotive industry.
- Antitrust Developments reports on the European Commission and the US Department of Justice imposing fines for price fixing of Tier 1 suppliers to the automotive industry; Spanish Competition Authority starts a new cartel investigation; German procurement tribunal declines to review toll system negotiations.
- Regulatory Developments covers 20 car manufacturers commiting to make automatic emergency braking a standard feature; current developments on autonomous driving; litigation against Volkswagen; European Parliament signs off on new emission regulations; an FTC workshop on auto distribution.
- IP Developments reports on Ford filing movie screen patents for cars driving autonomously; Google’s increasingly successful license on transfer patent program; the growing use of joint development agreements in the automotive industry.