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advocacy your association.

FROM THE SUPREME COURT
Lexmark International, Inc. Victory - In a major victory
for the auto care industry, the Supreme Court upheld the
legal precedent of patent exhaustion, which states that a
company's right to protect its patent ends when the product
is sold to the end user. Information from an amicus brief
submitted to the Supreme Court by the Auto Care Association
was used by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. in reversing
the Federal Circuit decision that would have been damaging
to the manufacture and sales of aftermarket parts.

TO THE HALLS OF CONGRESS

+
700
meetings

In the past year, the
association has held more
than 700 face-to-face
meetings with legislators
and policymakers, a
40 percent increase
over last year.

ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE STATE LEVEL-WE HAVE YOUR BACK.

CALIFORNIA: Successfully
amended a potentially onerous
California Battery Recycling bill.

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MICHIGAN: Helped orchestrate the veto of a
Michigan bill which mandated that repair facilities
must make repairs with only new or OEM parts.

TEXAS: Defeated Texas legislation that would
have eliminated the state safety inspection program
and created a summer work study to examine the
benefits of the inspection program to the state.

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