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Whether experiencing accelerated growth or adapting to a changing marketplace, the automotive and trucking industry remains a key driver of the global economy. In today’s highly competitive and regulated market, suppliers, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), and other auto companies face an increasing range of challenges: 

  • Protection and enforcement of intellectual property and trade secrets
  • Compliance enforcement efforts and scrutiny
  • Strict safety and emissions standards
  • Pressure from individual and allied competitors
  • Supply chain management issues
  • New markets that are both complex and well defended
  • Shrinking timeframes for contracting and crisis responses

Crowell & Moring's automotive and trucking industry experience includes cross-disciplinary, full-service legal counsel that helps domestic and international industry clients address these and other significant challenges, and exploit emerging opportunities to their fullest extent. We provide effective guidance where business strategies and legal solutions intersect, including providing regulatory counseling with respect to environmental, labor, product safety, intellectual property, and international trade issues; negotiating key vendor, union, employment, and government contracts; managing crises and public relations concerns; resolving disputes with customers, industry participants, and regulatory agencies; obtaining patent and other intellectual property rights to protect research and development investment; and serving as lead counsel in high-profile litigation.

We follow a practical, lifecycle approach to resolving client issues and offer a full suite of counseling and litigation services. These include advice on lobbying, design compliance, patent protection, labeling, warnings, warranties, recalls, safety, contracts, and dispute resolution at trial and in arbitration and mediation. Our group integrates members of the firm’s antitrust, environmental, government contracts, intellectual property, international trade, labor and employment, product risk management, torts, trade associations, and trade secrets teams to provide end-to-end advice on virtually any issue facing the automotive and trucking industries.  

As trial lawyers, we represent clients in state and federal courts across the country and before agencies such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), and the International Trade Commission (ITC). The automotive and trucking industry team includes former agency representatives, federal and state prosecutors, and trial attorneys who understand the objectives and tactics of law-enforcement and administrative officials, particularly in the current environment of “regulation through litigation.” 

Our strong presence in Washington, D.C., along with our international capabilities and regulatory and litigation prowess, makes us a go-to team for bet-the-company matters.

Representative Clients

  • Bridgestone
  • BMW AG
  • Daimler AG
  • Dana Holding Corporation
  • Enkei
  • Enterprise Holdings, Inc.
  • General Motors
  • Greyhound
  • Robert Bosch LLC
  • Valeo

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"European Patent Office's Study on Patent Applications for Self-Driving Vehicles Technologies in Europe," Regulatory Alert (January 23, 2019). Contacts: Kristof Roox, Geert Bogaert, Linh Truong
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"DOT and NHTSA Release New “2.0” Guidance for Automated Vehicles," (September 14, 2017). Contacts: Paul M. Rosen, Matthew Cohen, Kate M. Growley, CIPP/G, CIPP/US
Client Alert/Newsletter
"NHTSA Proposes Cybersecurity Best Practices for Automakers," Privacy Law Alert (November 1, 2016). Contacts: Scott L. Winkelman, Danielle Rowan, Justin Kingsolver, Kate M. Growley, CIPP/G, CIPP/US
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Experienced International Corporate Partner Lex Eley Joins Crowell & Moring (Oct.10.2016)
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Privacy & Cybersecurity Weekly News Update (October 5, 2016). Authors: Danielle Rowan, Frederik Van Remoortel and Lisa Weinert.
Michael Boxer: Maximizing Effectiveness of the Legal Department at Luxottica Association of Corporate Counsel (June 16, 2016)
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EPA To Watch and Learn As Calif. Freight Plan Takes Shape Law360 (May 11, 2016)
Media Mentions
Privacy & Cybersecurity News Update- 3 Week Summary (April 26, 2016). Authors: Lisa Weinert, Peter B. Miller, Kate M. Growley, Danielle Rowan, and Justin Kingsolver.
Federal Circuit to Decide if Rehearing En Banc Warranted in Section 337 Action Involving Extraterritorial Trade Secret Misappropriation (April 22, 2016). Authors: Mark Klapow and Craig P. Lytle.
TransCanada to Pay $13B for Columbia Pipeline Group Law360 (March 17, 2016)
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Crowell & Moring LLP is an international law firm with approximately 550 lawyers representing clients in litigation and arbitration, regulatory and policy, and transactional matters. The firm is internationally recognized for its representation of Fortune 500 companies in high-stakes litigation, as well as its ongoing commitment to pro bono service and diversity, equity and inclusion. The firm has offices in Brussels, Doha, London, Los Angeles, New York, Orange County, San Francisco, Shanghai, and Washington, D.C.

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