2022Sep
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BEYOND THE LOT (SEPTEMBER 2022): AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF FRANCHISED DEALERS, BY WAY OF THE BOOK INDUSTRY

Warning: this article offers no discussion of legal issues, just my commentary on the continued viability of automotive dealerships in the face of franchisors looking to insert themselves more directly into the electric vehicle (EV) customer sales model. It is a pivotal time for franchised dealers, who are responding to a fresh wave of changes…

2022Aug
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BEYOND THE LOT (AUG. 2022): AVOIDING THE SHOCK OF CONTRACT TERMS WITH EV CHARGING VENDORS

With electric vehicles (“EVs”) becoming more popular, many franchised dealers are entering into contracts with vendors to purchase advanced charging stations to be installed at specific dealerships.  These purchases are often in conjunction with OEM and government programs that help to subsidize the cost of these stations. These vendors not only sell these chargers to…

2021Dec
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BEYOND THE LOT (DEC. 2021 EDITION): LEGAL & BUSINESS INSIGHTS FOR AUTOMOTIVE DEALERSHIPS

IS YOUR DEALERSHIP IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE UPDATED SAFEGUARDS RULE? The Safeguards Rule, originally released in 2003 under the authority of the Federal Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, was amended in October 2021 by the Federal Trade Commission.  Unlike the prior version of the rule, the amended rule provides detailed requirements for keeping dealership customer data secure, including…