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Headquartered in Detroit - the birthplace of the global automotive industry - Miller Canfield counsels and represents companies that are active in all tiers of the automotive supply chain throughout North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia.

Whenever a client becomes entangled in litigation, whether in court, arbitration or mediation, or in an isolated lawsuit, a series of similar claims or national class action litigation, our attorneys have the experience and skills to resolve supply chain issues efficiently and cost-effectively.

Our experience with supply chain issues includes issues related to:

  • Contract formation
  • Pricing
  • Tooling
  • Breach of warranty and indemnification
  • Field actions
  • Recalls
  • Threatened plant shutdowns
  • Delayed or non-deliveries of parts
  • Force majeure events
  • Insolvencies
  • Resourcing
  • Termination and cancellations of contracts
  • Sales representation matters

We Handle Disputes in Every Forum

We have presented or defended a wide range of cases in state and federal courts across the United States, as well as many domestic and international arbitrations. 

Matters have included disputes related to contract formation, pricing, tooling, breach of warranty and indemnification, field actions, recalls, threatened plant shutdowns, delayed or non-deliveries of parts, force majeure events, insolvencies, resourcing, termination and cancellations of contracts and sales representation matters.

We have been privileged to work closely with major automotive groups in a number of areas, including service as discovery counsel in product-related litigation (product liability, warranty and class actions), as well as in selected commercial, regulatory and risk management matters, supervising counsel for warranty litigation, assistance to the Vehicle Safety Office on regulatory and recall matters (including responses to NHTSA inquiries), and corporate projects.

When products become the focus of national legal attention, it is essential that your defense is carefully coordinated, both to ensure the application of a uniform strategy, as well as to maximize efficiency and economies of scale. We ensure that your team is prepared to aggressively present your side of the case in motion practice, settlement conference and trial. 

For several international manufacturers, we serve as national discovery counsel and have developed systems for timely and accurate discovery compliance throughout the U.S.