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.

A Bit More Than A Coin

By |2018-07-16T18:52:27+00:00March 15th, 2018|Categories: Automotive Trends, Autonomous Cars, Electric Cars, Ford|Tags: , , , , , , |

By Jonathan Michaels Published March 13, 2018, Los Angeles Daily Journal - There once existed a time when technological advances brought us “amazing” inventions, like the microwave oven or the cordless phone. In the day, it seemed as if life suddenly moved from a gray-scale existence to a two-dimensional kaleidoscope of colorful brilliance, as fax machines, cable TV and [...]

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The Future of Privacy

By |2018-07-16T19:39:57+00:00February 20th, 2018|Categories: Automotive Trends, Autonomous Cars, DOT, Electric Cars, NHTSA|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Published February 13, 2018, Los Angeles Daily Journal - It all started with Cadillac really. In 1996, General Motors introduced the Cadillac OnStar system — an onboard communication system that linked active drivers with a GM call center — and with that the world of consumer privacy forever be changed. The OnStar system was a road paved with [...]

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Electrifying!

By |2018-08-10T21:04:38+00:00January 11th, 2018|Categories: Auto Industry Attorney, Automotive Economy, Automotive Trends, Autonomous Cars, Electric Cars, Ford, Tesla|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Published January 9, 2018, Los Angeles Daily Journal - This week, the 51st rendition of the Consumer Electronics Show will rain down on the desert, Las Vegas style. Originated in 1967 as a small offshoot of the Chicago Music Show, CES has blossomed into the largest convention Las Vegas holds, by a long shot. With 2.4 million [...]

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Will They Make The Turn?

By |2018-07-16T20:13:37+00:00December 6th, 2017|Categories: Auto Industry Attorney, Automotive Economy, Automotive Trends, Autonomous Cars, Electric Cars, General Motors, Tesla|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Published December 6, 2017, Los Angeles Daily Journal - There once existed a time when the financial question of the day was whether Tesla’s stock would ever fall from its dizzying height of $395 per share. For a car company that only sold its first car nine years ago, and that has never turned a profit, [...]

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It’s Harder Than It Looks

By |2018-07-16T20:47:06+00:00November 8th, 2017|Categories: Auto Industry Attorney, Automotive Economy, Automotive Trends, Electric Cars, Tesla|

Published November 8, 2017, Los Angeles Daily Journal - This past summer, Tesla accomplished the unimaginable: It became the most valuable car company in the nation, surpassing both General Motors and Ford in total market value. With a market cap of $66 billion, Tesla stunned an industry that has high barriers to entry and is steeped in [...]

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When Will They Stop?

By |2018-08-16T18:29:50+00:00October 12th, 2017|Categories: Airbag Recall, Auto Industry Attorney, Auto Recalls, Automotive Economy, Automotive Trends, General Motors, NHTSA|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Published October 10, 2017 - Last week, Nissan added its name to a long list of automotive manufacturers who have been ensnared in public controversy over corporate malfeasance and the cars it sells to the consuming public. In an unprecedented move, Nissan announced that it was recalling every car it sold in Japan between October 2014 and [...]

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Autonomous Fear

By |2018-07-16T21:42:35+00:00September 6th, 2017|Categories: Automotive Trends, Automotive Weaponry, Electric Cars|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Published September 6, 2017, Los Angeles Daily Journal - The future is already here in many respects, at least as it relates to autonomous vehicles. While fully autonomous “level 5” vehicles are still some time out, scores of automakers are already introducing level 2 (partial driving automation) and level 3 (conditional driving automations) vehicles to the consuming public. [...]

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The Truth About Lithium

By |2018-07-16T21:57:59+00:00August 7th, 2017|Categories: Auto Industry Attorney, Automotive Economy, Automotive Trends, Electric Cars|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Published August 1, 2017, Los Angeles Daily Journal - Lithium – the natural resource mined from the Earth’s crust – is perhaps the best-known commodity that people know the least about. Yet with multiple sovereign states betting their future on an industry bustling with electric vehicles, failure to understand the world’s order on the non-renewable element could [...]

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Selling Cars in Tomorrowland

By |2018-07-16T22:34:17+00:00July 7th, 2017|Categories: Auto Industry Attorney, Automotive Economy, Automotive Trends, Department of Transportation, DOT, Uber|Tags: , , , , |

Published July 7, 2017, Los Angeles Daily Journal - There are certain things that come around every once-in-a-while that change life as we know it. Businesses were never the same after having been introduced to the fax machine, unlocking a world of reviewing and signing documents in an instant. Apple’s iPhone engulfed us in a creed of [...]

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MLG Creates New “Dealer Law” in California

By |2018-07-16T22:37:56+00:00July 6th, 2017|Categories: Auto Industry Attorney, Automotive Trends|Tags: , , , , |

MLG Automotive Law's team of lawyers have successfully expanded the protections afforded to all California dealerships by creating a new, expansive law that holds manufacturers liable for their violations of the California Vehicle Code. On May 2, 2017, the California Court of Appeal, decided the matter of Guarantee Forklift, Inc., dba GFL, Inc. v. Capacity of [...]

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