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Arent Fox Advises Beck Chevrolet Co, Inc. in Performance Dispute Win

New York, NY –  On May 3, Arent Fox LLP won a precedent setting decision with national implications on behalf of Beck Chevrolet Co., Inc. before the New York Court of Appeals on certified questions from the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. In Beck Chevrolet Co., Inc. v General Motors LLC, the Second Circuit asked the New York Court of Appeals to interpret two provisions of New York’s Franchised Motor Vehicle Dealer Act involving sales performance standards and franchise modifications.

NHTSA Asserts Broad Authority Over New Vehicle Technologies Offered by Both OE and Aftermarket Suppliers

On April 1, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued an Enforcement Guidance Bulletin that outlines the agency's views on emerging automotive technologies. Critically, the bulletin suggests guiding principles and best practices for vehicle and equipment manufacturers as they develop and implement new technologies and report safety related defects. 

Automakers and NHTSA Agree on Proactive Safety Principles

On January 15, 2016, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and 18 automakers pledged to work together to enhance safety and improve recalls. In addition, the automakers agreed to voluntarily work with the government to identify cybersecurity threats to cars and light trucks.