As the “Automotive Capital of the World,” it’s hard to overstate Michigan’s reliance on the auto industry. In 2019, the Detroit Regional Chamber reported that the automotive industry contributes $225 billion to the state’s economy each year, supports 712,000 jobs, and drives $7.4 billion in taxes to the state.
With so much depending on the auto industry, Michigan residents and businesses frequently face unique legal issues that require special knowledge and experience such as:
- Class actions,
- Product liability,
- Royalty disputes,
- Supply and purchase agreements,
- Employment disputes,
- Warranty claims,
- OSHA compliance
- Tortious interference,
- Shareholder litigation,
- Misappropriation of trade secrets, and
- Supply chain disputes.
No matter where you fit into the auto industry, the automotive lawyers at the Miller Law Firm can help you.
We are experienced in representing individual autoworkers, Tier I, Tier II, and Tier III suppliers, large manufacturing companies, and everyone in between. Keep reading for more on some of the legal issues you may face as a player in the auto industry.
An Automotive Industry Law Firm Can Provide Business / Corporate Support
The auto industry continues to evolve, and it is important to stay on top of issues that may affect your business or corporation. Major legal challenges facing the auto industry today can include:
- Taxation and tariffs,
- Environmental regulation,
- Business organizations,
- Regulatory and compliance issues,
- Warranty risk management,
- Cybersecurity, and
- Employment issues, and
- Supply chain disputes.
The attorneys at our automotive industry law firm understand the challenges your business is facing and how to mitigate those challenges. We can help your automotive business develop strategies to anticipate legal issues and help you avoid litigation.
And if you do face a dispute that must be resolved in court, we can use our extensive litigation experience to help protect your interests.
Many things in the auto industry are uncertain in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Michigan’s “Big Three” auto manufacturers—Ford, General Motors, and Fiat Chrysler—were forced to shut down their facilities to fight the spread of the virus. These and other closures will inevitably affect the auto industry supply chain.
COVID-19 provides us with an example of a possible force majeure event—an unforeseen event that can prevent businesses from being able to fulfill their contracts. There are specific rules that apply to these types of situations ranging from clauses in the contract itself to federal laws regarding commercial impracticability.
If you have been unable to fulfill an automotive contract due to COVID-19 or someone with whom you have a contract is attempting to back out on that basis, you may need the help of an automotive attorney.
Automotive Industry Law Firms Can Help with Class Action Lawsuits
The automotive industry has been involved in a number of class-action suits over the years, particularly regarding issues of product liability. The automotive lawyers at the Miller Law Firm have helped to recover millions of dollars for manufacturing clients entitled to a share of class action settlements.
Automotive Industry Lawyers Can Help with Employment Issues
It is estimated that one out of 25 jobs in Michigan are tied to auto manufacturing. This means that the myriad of Michigan autoworkers may face employment disputes with an employer in the automotive industry. These may include:
- Hour and wage disputes,
- Discrimination or harassment,
- Wrongful termination,
- Employment contract disputes, and
- Leave disputes.
An automotive industry attorney can help both employees and employers with these issues. For automotive employers, we also provide counseling services to help you create policies and procedures that comply with employment laws.
Contact the Automotive Industry Attorneys at the Miller Law Firm Today
If you need the help of an automotive lawyer, contact the Miller Law Firm today for a free consultation. We have handled hundreds of automotive matters over the past two decades. You can rely on our national reputation and our track record of successful case results. We represent all types of clients in the automotive industry, ranging from small family businesses to large Tier 1 suppliers, and we will fight to get you the best outcome possible in your case.