About Jonathan Michaels

Jonathan Michaels has litigated some of the most important cases in the automotive industry. He is responsible for filing Ponce v. General Motors – a national class action case against GM for the concealment of a deadly defect in its vehicles for 13 years; and Spitzer Motor City v. U.S. – where he represented terminated Chrysler dealers against the U.S. for the “taking” of their franchises in 2009, a violation of the 5th Amendment. He has also litigated cases against nearly every major auto manufacturer, including GM, Audi, Maserati, Mitsubishi, Kia, Nissan, Honda, AM General, Isuzu, Toyota, Hyundai, Harley-Davidson, Ford, Chrysler, Tesla, Volvo, Volkswagen, Aston Martin, Land Rover, Mercedes and Porsche.

MLG Files Class Action Against Hyundai and Kia For Power Window Defect

By |2019-11-06T17:49:21-08:00November 5th, 2019|Categories: Airbag Recall, Auto Industry Attorney, Auto Recalls, Automotive Economy, Automotive Trends, Class Action|Tags: , , , |

COSTA MESA, Calif., Nov. 5, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- MLG, APLC has filed a class action lawsuit against automotive manufacturers Hyundai and Kia for what it calls a "serious defect" with their power window systems. The case, Zachary McCready v. Hyundai Motor America (Case No. 30-2019-01108261), was filed in the Orange County Superior Court on October 30, [...]

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MLG Files Class Action Against 7 Automakers

By |2019-09-16T17:38:01-08:00July 16th, 2019|Categories: Airbag Recall, Auto Industry Attorney, Auto Recalls, Automotive Economy, Automotive Trends, Class Action|Tags: , , , |

COSTA MESA, Calif., July 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- MLG, APLC, along with class action powerhouse Kaplan Fox & Kilsheimer LLP, has filed a national class action lawsuit against seven automotive manufacturers and a tier-one parts supplier for what it calls a "deadly airbag defect." The case, Ryan Baldwin v. Kia Motor America, Inc. (Case No. 8:19-cv-1376), [...]

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Jonathan Michaels Selected to America’s Top 100 “Bet-the-Company” Litigators

By |2019-09-16T17:23:12-08:00June 18th, 2019|Categories: Airbag Recall, Auto Industry Attorney, Auto Recalls, Automotive Economy, Automotive Trends, Class Action|Tags: , , , |

Costa Mesa, California (June 18, 2019) – Jonathan Michaels, founding member of MLG, APLC, has been named to the exclusive list of America’s Top 100 “Bet-the-Company” Litigators. Selection to the list is by invitation only and is reserved for the nation’s most exceptional trial lawyers in high stakes cases. With its extremely high standards, less than one-half [...]

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Fraud in the Sales Department – A Case Study

By |2019-05-31T09:28:54-08:00May 31st, 2019|Categories: Auto Industry Attorney, Auto Recalls, Automotive Economy, Automotive Trends, Dealership, Fraud claim|Tags: , , |

Published May 23, 2019, Dealer's Voice - Operating an automobile dealership requires risk management and delegation. Dealer principals must delegate to ensure the daily functioning of the dealership and to meet sales expectations. However, delegating duties creates risks that principals must understand and manage to ensure the dealership complies with state, federal, factory, and other administrative [...]

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Evolution in the Automotive Industry

By |2019-05-29T17:26:18-08:00May 29th, 2019|Categories: Auto Industry Attorney, Automotive Economy, Automotive Trends|Tags: , |

Published May 23, 2019, Dealer's Voice -American scientist Bruce Lipton wrote, “There's a theory that says that life is based on a competition and the struggle and the fight for survival, and it's interesting because when you look at the fractal character of evolution, it's totally different. It's based on cooperation among the elements in the [...]

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Warranty Availability Before Sale

By |2019-05-29T17:27:25-08:00May 29th, 2019|Categories: Auto Industry Attorney, Automotive Economy, Automotive Trends, Warranty|Tags: , , |

Published May 23, 2019, Dealer's Voice -Dealers today have hundreds of consumer products that they offer for sale that have a manufacturer warranty. Retailers typically rely upon the product manufacturers to provide customers with all the terms of warranties, but they should keep in mind that federal law places the burden on the seller to offer [...]

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The Devil is in the Details

By |2019-05-29T16:27:16-08:00May 29th, 2019|Categories: Auto Industry Attorney, Automotive Economy, Automotive Trends, Dealership|Tags: , , , , , |

Published May 23, 2019 Dealer's Voice - The labyrinth of wage and hour compliance in California just got another twist. In Troester v. Starbucks Corporation, Case No. S234969, the California Supreme Court, in answering a certified question from the United States Circuit Court for the 9th Circuit regarding the so called de minimis rule under the [...]

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Express Warranty via Text?

By |2019-05-29T16:35:31-08:00March 22nd, 2019|Categories: Auto Industry Attorney, Dealership, Fraud claim, Warranty|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Published February 15, 2019, Dealer's Voice - Car sellers frequently disclaim all warranties for used cars. Disclaimers are simple, but dealerships sometimes forget that employees can use language that constitutes an express warranty that cannot be disclaimed. Silverstar Automotive, Inc. wanted to sell a used 2007 Ferrari F430. Silverstar hired Boardwalk Ferrari to conduct an inspection [...]

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Forecast Calls for Compliance

By |2019-05-29T17:04:06-08:00March 22nd, 2019|Categories: Auto Industry Attorney, Automotive Economy, Automotive Trends, Federal Trade Commission|Tags: , , , , , , |

Published February 15, 2019, Dealer's Voice - In the compliance world, it’s impossible to prepare for every possibility. However, you can look for trends and leanings and bet on outcomes. In preparing for 2019, here are some things you may want to consider. Federal Activity The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection isn't going anywhere. Notwithstanding the [...]

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Play by the Book

By |2019-05-29T17:09:38-08:00March 22nd, 2019|Categories: Auto Industry Attorney, Automotive Economy, Automotive Trends|Tags: , , , , , |

Published February 15, 2019, Dealer's Voice - Most plaintiffs suing dealerships list as many violations as possible in the hope that at least one will stick. In a recent case, a car buyer alleged five violations in his complaint against the dealership where he bought and financed his car, and all five of them stuck. Keep [...]

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