The automotive industry is evolving as auto companies strive to overcome economic challenges, grow in emerging markets and stave off new competitors. Automotive organizations need a legal partner with the experience to understand the challenges facing the industry today and where it is headed tomorrow.
Dickinson Wright has unparalleled expertise and background in all aspects of the automotive industry, including: design, production validation, manufacturing processes and supply chain management. We understand the automotive industry’s business practices and problems, and what different organizations are doing to address them.
Experience across the Auto Industry
Clients benefit from our team’s experience of successful litigation for domestic and foreign original equipment manufacturers and suppliers in federal and state courts and on a variety of arbitral forums. Our experienced attorneys have represented clients in virtually every conceivable dispute, serving as national counsel, regional counsel, lead trial counsel, national discovery counsel, Michigan counsel, special assignment counsel for experts and/or particular issues, among other capacities.
Our automotive litigation practice includes representation of clients in all types of business disputes, such as breach of supply agreements, troubled suppliers, tooling disputes, warranty claims, pricing disagreements, stop shipment threats and injunctive relief or other measures to maintain the supply of critical components and avoid plant shutdowns. We have also represented automotive clients in a wide range of consumer-facing issues such as product liability, consumer litigation and class action lawsuits.
Knowledgeable on a Wide Range of Industry Issues
The Dickinson Wright team also brings extensive experience to help clients deal with internal issues relating to employment, ERISA and toxic torts. Drawing when necessary on the expertise of our lawyers in related practice areas, we also regularly help clients with such far-reaching issues as patents, trademarks, antitrust, RICO and environmental matters. Our team also helps automotive clients navigate through dealer termination disputes and bankruptcies.
High-Quality, Cost-Effective Approach
Because of Dickinson Wright’s in-depth knowledge and experience in the industry, our clients benefit from creative, high quality and cost-effective legal representation. And, we know that litigation is not always the best approach. We regularly provide clients with training and counseling to avoid litigation. Our services in this area include drafting or revising our clients’ purchase order terms and conditions; regulatory compliance consulting; pre-dispute counseling and client seminars and hands-on training aimed at avoiding mistakes that may lead to litigation and alternative dispute resolution. We have found that these services help our clients avoid repeating mistakes and improve their procedures to avoid future litigation and/or minimize the risk and expense of litigation.