ABPA - Automotive Body Parts Association

Automotive Body Parts Association

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Advocacy

The ABPA represents the interests of its membership and supports strategic positions that will enhance their business climate. This page lists the current federal and state issues that we feel affect the industry and the interests of our members, along with details about our position and actions taken. In addition, resources are provided for members to contact their elected officials and government agencies.

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ABPA vs Ford Global

On November 25, 2013, the Automotive Body Parts Association (ABPA) filed a lawsuit in Federal Court against Ford Global Technologies, LLC (Ford Global). The lawsuit requested a declaration that certain Ford Global design patents directed toward automotive body repair parts are invalid and unenforceable under the doctrines of functionality and patent exhaustion. ABPA is proceeding on the basis of associational standing.

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Donate to the ABPA Legal Fund

The ABPA welcomes support from our members to assist in advocacy efforts. To make a donation to the ABPA Legal Fund, download the ABPA Legal Fund Pledge Form. If you opt for a regular contribution, you will receive a monthly invoice from the ABPA. All funds are directly deposited to the ABPA Legal Fund Account. Donations can also be made via PayPal by clicking the button below:

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Federal Issues

FTC “Nixing the Fix” Workshop

On July 16, 2019, the FTC hosted a workshop titled “Nixing the Fix” to examine ways in which manufacturers may limit third-party repairs. The ABPA submitted data to the FTC in response to their request for research focused on such limitations. Although we were not selected as panelists in the workshop, we did attend in person in Washington, DC. Further, we were able to secure a personal meeting with the FTC later in the summer where we submitted more data.

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Section 232 Tariffs

The ABPA is closely monitoring the effects of the 232 Tariffs on our members and speaking up against these tariffs whenever possible. This includes the July 2018 hearing in Washington, DC. Please contact the ABPA for additional information, including how to apply for exceptions.

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Vehicle Data and Telematics Restrictions

As a member of the Auto Care Association, the ABPA is working with Auto Care leadership in educating and engaging ABPA members in vehicle data restrictions. The Auto Care Association is currently marketing the “Your Car. Your Data. Your Choice.” campaign. To find out more on this issue and how you as an ABPA member can act and make your voice heard, visit the Auto Care Association Telematics website.

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State Issues

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Speak Up! Contact Your Elected Officials and Government Agencies

Federal Elected Officials

State Elected Officials

Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

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Body Language

Body Language is the official newsletter of the ABPA. Click here for more information, and to sign up for the mailing list!