Law Firm Seeks Congressional Inquiry Over Hyundai, Kia Thefts – Dealer Ops

  • June 9, 2023

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Law firm said past automaker testimony before Congress resulted in action on vehicle safety issues.

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A California law firm representing some Hyundai and Kia owners in lawsuits against the carmakers over thefts is urging Congress to take action on the issue.

It’s the latest development in a series of pushbacks against the South Korean brands to more aggressively address the thefts of models without immobilizing antitheft technology as standard.

Multiple major U.S. cities have sued the automakers, about two dozen attorneys general have urged them to take stronger action about the thefts, and 18 states have asked a federal regulator to recall the 2011- to 2022 models in question.

Now MLG Attorneys at Law has written a letter to Washington Sen. Maria Cantwell to take up the matter as chairwoman of the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. The firm said in a statement that the committee has previously brought automakers to testify before Congress, resulting in action on vehicle safety issues.

MLG said it’s leading a class-action lawsuit against Hyundai and Kia over the thefts. It said it’s now representing a growing list of personal-injury cases related to the thefts.

The carmakers have expedited measures intended to prevent thefts and help vehicle owners get their models insured, including speeding up a software update and working with insurer AAA to insure affected models. But the increasingly loud pushback from various corners maintains they’re not doing enough.

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Burr joins global law firm as regulatory advisor

  • March 6, 2023

Former North Carolina U.S. Sen. Richard Burr has joined DLA Piper as an advisor in the global law firm’s regulatory and government affairs practice.

Burr, who retired from the Senate this year after almost three decades in Congress, joined as the chairman of the firm’s health policy consulting group, DLA said in a statement. He’s expected to consult on policy to life sciences and health care companies “navigating a rapidly changing policy landscape and significant regulatory and political uncertainty,” the firm said.

His team will focus on strategic planning, business consulting and congressional and federal agency consulting, the firm said. Burr’s group will also help clients identify legislative or regulatory opportunities or vulnerabilities, DLA said.

During his tenure in Congress, Burr was a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. He helped lead a number of government health care initiatives focused on everything from regulatory modernization, pandemic prevention and biomedical research, among others.

Burr also served as chairman of the Senate Select Intelligence Committee and as a member of the Senate Finance Committee. Burr’s expertise in those areas could help the firm advise clients on other policy areas, such as energy, national security and defense, technology, financial services, tax policy and education, DLA said.

Burr is the latest former member of Congress from North Carolina to transition to consulting work. U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, who served 18 years in Congress before deciding not to run for reelection, joined McGuireWoods Consulting as a senior advisor in its Washington, D.C., office.


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