Mobility & Vehicle Use
Wesley D. Hurst
Transportation & Logistics
Legal and regulatory issues in connection with mobility and vehicle use are dynamic, evolving, and challenging. With decades of experience, Polsinelli attorneys have litigated and counseled in connection with virtually every aspect of the mobility and vehicle use business and have a deep knowledge of the industry. We represent rental car companies, truck and motorcycle rental companies, car sharing companies, automobile dealerships and manufacturers as well as companies pursuing new and emerging business models for the use of vehicles.
Examples of our experience include:
Car Sharing Programs:
We represent auto manufacturers in the development of innovative car-sharing programs and other mobility models, we are involved with the development of employee ride-sharing programs, and we frequently handle matters involving parking, designated car-sharing areas, and drop-off zones.
Negligent Entrustment Claims:
We successfully defend negligent entrustment claims throughout the country, including claims based on allegations of a poor driving record, fitness to operate the vehicle, and suspended licenses.
Defense of Consumer Class Actions:
Polsinelli has defended well over 200 class actions in numerous industries around the country including the defense of consumer class actions alleging liability on behalf of rental car clients in connection with practices such as the sale of optional insurance, damage waivers, the utilization of fuel gauges for refueling charges and various sales practices.
Rental Agreement Review and Compliance with Legislation
: We regularly advise clients on rental agreement terms including necessary amendments based on legislative and legal developments.
Insurance and Regulatory Advice
: Several of our attorneys specialize in insurance and regulatory matters and we provide advice and assistance to companies in mobility industries relating to insurance programs and cost of risk reduction.
New Business Models
: Developments in technology are driving industry changes. We assist clients in emerging areas such as multiple uses of vehicles, various forms of car sharing, van pooling and technology-enabled business models.
Employment Advice and Defense
: We advise clients on state and federal employment law compliance, assist with personnel policies, and advise on hiring and termination procedures, testing, and background screening of applicants. If a claim arises, we have extensive experience defending administrative claims and defending employment actions.
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