California Department of Motor Vehicles Gives Green Light to Autonomous Testing While developers of autonomous vehicles have not always had welcome news from the California DMV, they recently received some helpful clarity on the regulations applicable to autonomous vehicle testing on California public roads. The DMV’s revised proposed regulations permit companies to, among other things, test vehicles without having a driver in the car, a change...… Continue reading this entry
Federal Government Does About-Face on Enforcement of Arbitration Agreements in Employment Contracts One of the changes in approach that the current administration has taken to the legal system—a change often overshadowed by other headlines—is the current administration’s willingness to enforce arbitration clauses. While this has garnered some attention in connection with the Trump administration’s position on arbitration provisions in nursing home agreements, the administration has quietly shifted...… Continue reading this entry
State Attorneys General Warn the EPA of Legal Action Should Obama-Era Fuel Economy Standards Get Rolled Back Even as the Trump administration is calling into question whether it will remain committed to Obama-era fuel economy and emissions targets, state governments are stepping up to enforce those same targets. When President Trump announced his intent to loosen fuel economy regulations, the California Air Resources Board voted to stick with the tougher standards—and, under...… Continue reading this entry
Multi-District Litigation Reform and the “Fairness in Class Action Act” In addition to it taking a swipe at class actions, the Fairness in Class Action Litigation and Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act of 2017 (the “Fairness in Class Action Act”), would lead to multi-district litigation reform (MDL), limiting its reach in federal court. Like class actions (covered in our last post), multi-district litigations, or MDLs,...… Continue reading this entry
President Trump Orders EPA Review of Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards One of the more aggressive steps taken by the Obama administration to reduce carbon emissions was to have the EPA set an ambitious target for Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards: 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025.  In a release in the closing days of the administration, the EPA reaffirmed its commitment to this standard, citing the benefits … Continue reading this entry