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Client Alert: Unique COVID-19 Challenges for Motor Vehicle Manufacturers & Distributors

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Motor vehicle manufacturers and distributors are facing significant challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of these challenges are likely familiar ones, resurfacing issues OEMs last confronted during the 2008 financial crisis. But there is no question that COVID-19 presents new and unique challenges as well — novel issues of significant consequence for in-house legal counsel and their clients.

Barack Ferrazzano’s Motor Vehicle Group, a nationwide practice comprised of 25+ attorneys, has deep experience assisting OEMs through dealer network crises caused by sudden, sharp economic downturns. We think outside-the-box with our clients to come up with creative but measured strategies for OEMs to protect their legal rights and business interests while managing the risks associated with their statutory and contractual obligations. Barack Ferrazzano’s experience includes:

In addition, our Motor Vehicle Group attorneys regularly leverage Barack Ferrazzano's deep bench in other practice areas — such as commercial real estate, financial institutions, corporate transactions, and employment — to fashion business and legal solutions uniquely tailored to the needs of our OEM clients.

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As unique and challenging issues arise in the coming weeks and months, we stand ready to assist you and your clients in meeting the needs of this unprecedented moment.

COVID-19 Resources

We recommend you evaluate the following pandemic-related business and legal considerations that we have been discussing:

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