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.

Forecast Calls for Compliance

By |2019-03-22T11:00:58-07:00March 22nd, 2019|Categories: Auto Industry Attorney, Automotive Economy, Automotive Trends, Federal Trade Commission|Tags: , , , , , , |

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 change in leadership, the federal agency exists [...]

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Play by the Book

By |2019-03-22T10:49:15-07:00March 22nd, 2019|Categories: Auto Industry Attorney, Automotive Economy, Automotive Trends|Tags: , , , , , |

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 reading to see all the things this [...]

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Mind the GAP

By |2019-03-22T09:57:09-07:00February 26th, 2019|Categories: Auto Industry Attorney, Automotive Economy, Automotive Trends|Tags: , , , , , |

GAP policies are often important to auto credit customers, especially those who can't afford to continue making payments when their cars are total losses and they are under water on the financing. They are also important to dealers, who have found it increasingly hard to make money without revenue from their finance and insurance departments. Many [...]

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Automated Voicemail Drops: Grey Area in Federal Law

By |2018-11-06T17:42:30-07:00November 6th, 2018|Categories: Auto Industry Attorney, Automotive Economy, Automotive Trends|Tags: , , , , , |

I have observed over the years that third-party vendors in the retail automotive industry show a great deal of ingenuity in coming up with “new” and “innovative” products that are purportedly not subject to regulation by federal or state agencies. One that is currently making the rounds involve ringless voicemail drops that are exempted from FTC [...]

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Dealerships in the Mobility Age

By |2018-11-01T16:55:40-07:00October 31st, 2018|Categories: Auto Industry Attorney, Automotive Economy, Automotive Trends, Autonomous Cars, Autopilot, Electric Cars|Tags: , , , , |

The technology for autonomous vehicles grows daily, and the race is on to see who will own this software. Manufacturers know the threat technology poses. Why else would GM have invested $500 million in Lyft? Or Toyota contract with Uber? The challenge to be first is difficult, especially when competing with Google and Apple. Will factories [...]

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Exit Coach Radio

By |2018-10-11T17:30:45-07:00October 11th, 2018|Categories: Auto Industry Attorney, Auto Recalls, Automotive Economy, Automotive Trends, Autonomous Cars, Autopilot, Electric Cars|Tags: , , |

Jonathan Michaels is experienced as an Attorney - and a writer - in the Automotive industry. He recently achieved a milestone as he wrote his 100th article for the Los Angeles Daily Journal! He recently made a special guest appearance on the Exit Coach Radio Podcast! It's a thought provoking conversation about technology in the automotive [...]

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Chapter 11, Here We Come

By |2018-09-20T18:05:52-07:00September 19th, 2018|Categories: Auto Industry Attorney, Automotive Economy, Automotive Trends, Ford, General Motors, Tesla|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Published September 19, 2018, Los Angeles Daily Journal - There’s no shame in a bankruptcy filing. The ability to discharge accumulated debt is one of the fundamental underpinnings of America’s entrepreneurial system. While no one likes to lose out on repayment of a debt, the safety net provided by the U.S. Bankruptcy Code is what allows individuals [...]

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FOUNDER OF MLG PUBLISHES 100TH CONSECUTIVE ARTICLE

By |2018-08-16T00:46:44-07:00August 15th, 2018|Categories: Auto Industry Attorney, Automotive Economy, Automotive Trends|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Costa Mesa, California (August 15, 2018) – MLG founder Jonathan Michaels has published his 100th consecutive monthly article in the prominent Los Angeles Daily Journal. His article notes that 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, the passage of the 19th Amendment and the establishment of time zones in the U.S. [...]

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All Things 100

By |2018-08-14T22:27:41-07:00August 14th, 2018|Categories: Auto Industry Attorney, Automotive Economy, Automotive Trends, Autonomous Cars, Corporate Average Fuel Economy, General Motors|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Published on August 14, 2018 in the Los Angeles Daily Journal - On the continuum of life, 100 years is not a terribly large amount of time. In 100 years, a glacier will move 50 meters, a redwood tree will amass its full height of 200 feet, and the big island of Hawaii will grow by seven [...]

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Investor’s Paradise

By |2018-07-25T18:31:48-07:00July 25th, 2018|Categories: Auto Industry Attorney, Automotive Economy, Automotive Trends, Classic Cars, Collector Cars|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

If one were to take a guess as to the strongest asset class for investment, considerations such as fine art, rare wine or blue-chip stocks might come to mind. Investment banking powerhouses across the country have long had client portfolios chocked-full of traditional-based instruments, all confident that the strategies will yield handsome returns. Yet, the starlet [...]

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