What’s Next in the Massachusetts Right to Repair Case

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and the Automotive Innovation Alliance disagree on next steps in an ongoing lawsuit over updates to the state’s ‘right to repair’ law .

Automakers represented by the alliance filed a lawsuit against Healey in November 2020 after voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot measure revising and expanding existing state law.

The revised law — called the Data Access Act in the lawsuit — requires manufacturers of vehicles sold in Massachusetts to use a standardized open-access data platform for telematics-equipped vehicles from model year 2022. It also allows vehicle owners and independent repair shops to access real-time telematics information, such as crash notifications, remote diagnostics and navigation.

U.S. District Judge Douglas Woodlock this month asked Healey and the alliance for additional submissions on two outstanding issues in the case: their interpretation of the wording of the updated law and the actions taken by the builders. automobiles to implement the requirements of the law.

In court documents filed Friday, Healey said the parties “did not agree to a joint proposal” regarding those issues and also disagree on the scheduling order for future deadlines.

According to the filing, Healey specifically wants two of the alliance members — FCA US, now Stellantis, and General Motors — to “identify actions taken, funds expended, and personnel involved in researching and developing compliance methods.” with certain sections of the law.

In its filing, the alliance argues that the Attorney General’s interpretation of the terms and provisions of the revised law “largely reiterates contentious positions of the Attorney General at trial, avoids fully interpreting certain provisions of the access to data and, in many places, provides no meaningful, practical interpretation.”

Alejandro L. Myatt