Foley White Paper Examines Top Legal Issues Facing the Automotive Industry in 2022

17 March 2022 Media Contact: Rachel Sisserson News

Auto Suppliers and OEMs Should Not Expect a Return to Pre-Pandemic Conditions

Foley & Lardner LLP today launched its 9th annual Automotive White Paper examining the business and legal trends that will impact the automotive industry in the year ahead.

As the world enters the third year of the pandemic and second year of severe supply chain constrictions, automotive suppliers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are no longer trying to figure out when things will return to “normal” but how they can adapt their operations to succeed in this new and ever-changing environment. On top of the difficulties that the automotive industry has already faced, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is piling on new challenges – and risks – to the world’s now battered supply chains and manufacturing operations.

At the same time, the acceleration of electric vehicle (EV) adoption is pushing automakers to transition their fleets, OEMs to develop charging and other support networks, and the U.S. administration to pass legislation to build the necessary infrastructure.

These developments, along with the rise of autonomous vehicles (AVs) and automated driving systems (ADSs), are causing a drastic technology-driven shift to the automotive industry that will change how companies approach intellectual property protection, labor and employment, cybersecurity, compliance, acquisitions, and contracts, among other issues.

All of these factors bring their own unique legal challenges and considerations, which Foley’s Automotive White Paper explores in detailed sections:

  • Expect the Unexpected: Approaching Raw Material Shortages, Labor Issues, and Freight Increases and Delays in 2022
  • Essential Compliance Updates for Multinational Automotive Companies
  • NHTSA and Motor Vehicle Safety – 2022 Developments
  • 2022 Antitrust Outlook – Significant Changes Under the Biden Administration
  • Nearshoring Trends and Important Considerations When Looking to Mexico
  • Key Employment Issues Facing Employers in the Automotive Industry in 2022
  • OEMs Expanding Supplier Responsibility for Ordinary Warranty Claims
  • Possible Silver Lining: Targeted Acquisitions
  • Preparing for Automated Vehicle Regulations in the Face of Stalled Legislation in 2022
  • EV Outlook: Market, M&A, Supply Chain, and Regulatory Trends
  • Driving Sustainability: Automakers Look Beyond Electric Vehicles
  • Putting Brakes on Cybersecurity Threats: Practical Strategies to Mitigate Cybersecurity Risk

For more than 50 years, Foley has been serving automotive industry clients worldwide and continues to be recognized as a global leader in advising automotive suppliers, electric vehicle manufacturers, advanced technology providers, investors, and mobility companies. Foley’s team of more than 85 attorneys with in-depth automotive industry experience advises on a broad range of legal and business issues, bringing a particular focus to key areas including supply chain issues, electrified mobility and infrastructure, investors, franchising and distribution, and litigation, including class action lawsuits.

To read the full white paper, click here.

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