A federal choose on Friday once more postponed a call on a lawsuit filed by automakers represented by the Alliance for Automotive Innovation over updates to Massachusetts’ right-to-repair regulation — the third time since March that the long-awaited ruling has been delayed.
In a court docket submitting, U.S. District Judge Douglas Woodlock cited “the need to consider fully the implications” of the Supreme Court’s resolution Thursday in West Virginia vs. EPA.
In a 6-3 vote, the Supreme Court dominated that Congress didn’t grant the EPA the authority below the Clean Air Act to “devise emissions caps based on the generation shifting approach the agency took in the Clean Power Plan” below the Obama administration. The ruling doesn’t have an effect on the EPA’s skill to set greenhouse gasoline emissions requirements for automobiles.
The Supreme Court resolution and the right-to-repair lawsuit are unrelated.
Woodlock additionally cited “unforeseen and unforeseeable scheduling complications encountered in the past several weeks” in addition to the prolonged vacation weekend for Independence Day as causes for the delay.
“The delay is not anticipated to extend beyond the grace notice period” filed in a stipulation April 22 by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, which is able to possible give the choose one other 14 days.
In April, Woodlock delayed his resolution over “the resurgence of a demanding criminal trial schedule,” the resumption of in-court, nontrial proceedings and writing obligations in different issues.
He additionally postponed the choice in March due to “unforeseen and unforeseeable circumstances” and different competing calls for.
The alliance filed the lawsuit towards Healey in November 2020 after voters overwhelmingly accepted a poll measure that revised and expanded the state’s present regulation.
The revised regulation — known as the “Data Access Law” within the lawsuit — requires makers of automobiles offered within the state to equip automobiles that use telematics methods with a standardized, open-access information platform starting with the 2022 mannequin yr. It additionally provides automobile house owners and unbiased restore retailers entry to real-time info from the telematics, reminiscent of crash notifications, distant diagnostics and navigation.
The alliance has argued the state’s amended regulation conflicts with a number of federal legal guidelines, poses cybersecurity and automobile security dangers and units an unattainable timeline for compliance.