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The North American International Auto Show is just about in full swing, but after the fun ends in Detroit, a handful of legislative decisions from the federal government could shape the industry for years to come.
The Epson case — if the initial legal inquiry finds enough evidence for a trial — could lead to the first prosecution for planned obsolescence, which lawyers warn is a difficult charge to prove in court.
Going forward, prosecutors must “conduct an individualized and meaningful assessment” of whether a secrecy order is needed, a move that will protect citizens’ rights and preserve companies’ customer relationships.