JONATHAN MICHAELS SELECTED TO AMERICA’S TOP 100 “BET-THE-COMPANY” LITIGATORS

By |2019-06-18T09:34:22-07:00June 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 |2019-05-31T09:28:54-07:00May 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 |2019-05-29T17:26:18-07:00May 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 |2019-05-29T17:27:25-07:00May 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 |2019-05-29T16:27:16-07:00May 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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Forecast Calls for Compliance

By |2019-05-29T17:04:06-07:00March 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 |2019-05-29T17:09:38-07:00March 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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Mind the GAP

By |2019-05-29T17:12:33-07:00February 26th, 2019|Categories: Auto Industry Attorney, Automotive Economy, Automotive Trends|Tags: , , , , , |

Published February 15, 2019, Dealer's Voice - 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 [...]

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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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The Power of Positive Disruption

By |2018-11-02T16:34:22-07:00November 2nd, 2018|Categories: Auto Industry Attorney, Automotive Economy, Automotive Trends|Tags: , , , |

“Disruption” is all the rage in the tech world. For established businesses, disruption is generally bad. It upsets the work force and takes management’s focus from the primary goal – serving customers. Certainly, businesses must change to survive, but slow and steady is the answer. Change is good. Disruption is not. Dealers are no strangers to [...]

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