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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.
The safety rulebook has since swelled to almost 900 pages over the last 50 years and encompasses everything from electronic stability control to rear-view backup cameras ... but every rule still assumes a human will be at the wheel.
“You see reductions in many agencies as [President Trump] tries to shrink the role of government, drive efficiencies, go after waste, duplicative programs,” says Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney.