The automobile experience is undergoing drastic changes as improved safety, performance and entertainment options explode. Remember the jealousy of seeing your friend’s minivan with the DVD player? Now, streaming Netflix and playing video games are entering the market to assuage the boredom of rear-seat passengers. As cars become “smarter” and collect more data from users, many fear our privacy will be infringed, which could lead to audits and litigation.
Disruption to the global supply chain opens the door to litigation for everyone from manufacturers to distributors to retailers. This situation raises questions about responsibility: Who is responsible if there are faulty products as a result of supply chain disruptions? What happens if the rapid restarting of manufacturing causes problems with product quality and liability? How will disruptions impact contracts, and how can they be renegotiated?