State Attorneys General Warn the EPA of Legal Action Should Obama-Era Fuel Economy Standards Get Rolled Back

By | Dashboard Insights | June 15, 2017
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 a longstanding waiver, California may be permitted to enforce those standards, even if federal regulations are less stringent.  View Full Post
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Class Action Reform and the “Fairness in Class Action Act”

By | Dashboard Insights | May 22, 2017
DC While the Congressional legislative agenda has taken a back seat in the headlines lately, the fact remains that there still is an agenda, and it includes class action reform. The agenda item of interest is H.R. 985, the Fairness in Class Action Litigation and Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act of 2017 (the “Fairness in Class Action Act”) which would also lead to multi-district litigation (MDL) reform. View Full Post
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Volkswagen Announces Major Steps Toward Electrifying Its Vehicle Fleet

By | Dashboard Insights | April 20, 2017
While fans of electrifying rides got a boost from the box office this week, fans of electrified rides are living in exciting times as well. Volkswagen has delivered two major pieces of news in this space.  First, it announced that after dipping its toes in the waters of the electric vehicle market with its current e-Golf, it will be jumping in headlong, releasing four new affordable electric vehicle models in coming years, including a crossover, a midsize SUV, a hatchback, and a sedan.  View Full Post
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President Trump Orders EPA Review of Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards

By | Dashboard Insights | March 20, 2017
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 of improved fuel economy versus the ability of automakers to hit these targets with manageable increases in vehicle costs. View Full Post
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Department of Transportation Releases Policy Guidance On Autonomous Vehicle Technology (Part II: State Government Guidance)

By | Dashboard Insights | September 29, 2016
In addition to its industry guidance, covered in the previous post, the DOT’s Policy Guidance for autonomous vehicle technologies also proposed a “model state policy” for regulating these new vehicles. View Full Post
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DOT Releases Policy Guidance On Autonomous Vehicle Technology (Part I: Industry Guidance)

By | Dashboard Insights | September 26, 2016
As automakers and their suppliers alike have been working through the issues confronting autonomous vehicles, they have been doing so with a giant blind spot: just how the federal government, which regulates almost every aspect of automotive design, was going to approach the question of standards for autonomous cars. View Full Post
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