MLG has litigated cases against nearly every major auto manufacturer in the world, resulting in substantial verdicts and settlements. We have also filed some of the most notable automotive class action cases in the nation, including matters against GM, Chrysler, Hyundai, Toyota, Kia, Honda, Acura, BMW, Volkswagen, Uber, and Apple.
Client Stories That Inspire Us
System Failure, Now Scarred for Life
Patricia McClanahan deserved safety, yet when she lost control of her vehicle and violently collided into a wall, her Kia Forte’s seatbelt system and front airbags failed to engage and deploy. As a result, her head suddenly and brutally slammed into the interior of the vehicle. She was transported by ambulance to Ventura County Medical Center where she was treated for severe injuries that included a sizable laceration to her forehead requiring 35 stiches.
Great Loss and Gross Lies
In early 2014, MLG was investigating a fraud General Motors had been committing on the public relating to defective ignition switches in their vehicles. In working to expose the coverup, MLG discovered that GM had known of the defect for 13 years but failed to issue a recall, which led to the deaths of hundreds of innocent consumers. One of those tragic deaths was that of Benjamin Hair.
On Life Support Due to Defect
Our client sustained heart damage, diminished lung capacity and mobility as well as a worsened diabetic condition all due to a failed recall repair! Here’s what happened: Traveling across the desert with his daughter, the car stalled for several hours and he was unable to eat or take his diabetes medication until the next day. The stall was part of a repetitive pattern so prior to this trip, repair techs assured them everything was ok – it was NOT!
Apple Texting and Driving
Apple puts profit before consumer safety. According to the filing, the company has had the technology to prevent texting and driving since 2008 – and even received a patent on it in 2014 – but refuses to use it over concerns that it will lose market share to other phone-makers who do not limit consumer use.
Olympian’s Life Forever Altered
TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY
A 54-year-old high level tech executive and Olympic ranked mountain bike athlete sustained a severe traumatic brain injury when his vehicle’s airbag safety restraint system failed to deploy during a cartwheeling rollover accident while he was traveling on a California highway. Both the design and manufacture of the airbag system was defective, leaving him with a career-ending injury that has forever changed his life.
Sandwiched between Semi-Truck & Trailer
Just imagine being sandwiched between two huge trucks on the freeway. Tragically, it happens. Our client Morgan was only 19-years old when she was literally sandwiched between a huge 18-wheeler semi-truck and a flat-bed-trailer. It all began when a Semi Truck Driver negligently rear-ended a vehicle and that vehicle struck Morgan’s vehicle in the rear. Then the 18-wheeler struck Morgan directly; TWICE, forcing her in between the semi-truck and flatbed trailer. Thus, Morgan suffered three impacts.
Car & Life Turned Upside Down
On November 26, Mr. Sukhanov was driving his car northbound on Garfield Avenue, making a left turn onto Elkhorn Boulevard in the number 2 lane. As Mr. Sukhanov entered the intersection, a vehicle ran a red light and he struck the side of that vehicle sending his own car flying. His car landed upside down, trapping him in the driver seat where he had to be extricated with the jaws of life and rushed to the hospital.
Helmet and Life Shattered
Our client was ejected from his motorcycle following a collision with an automobile. His body linearly flew through the air and severely impacted the asphalt roadway. He was wearing a protective flip-up full-face helmet. No part of his body hit the automobile. However, upon impact with the roadway, his full-face helmet shattered causing significant facial injuries, including major face and skull fractures requiring detailed reconstructive plastic surgery.
Notable Class Action Cases
ZF-TRW Airbag Control Unit
Automakers Kia, Hyundai, and FCA (Fiat-Chrysler) recalled approximately 12.3 million vehicles due to faulty airbag control units (ACU), which posed the risk failing to engage the airbags in the event of a collision. The same defect is also linked to Toyota, Acura, Honda, Mitsubishi, Porsche, and Volkswagen vehicles.
GM Ignition Switch Fraud
In early 2014, General Motors recalled approximately 800,000 vehicles due to faulty ignition switches, which posed the risk of spontaneously shutting off the vehicle’s engine during normal operation. On March 21, 2014, MLG’s auto lawyers filed a class action lawsuit against General Motors relating to this massive recall.
Volkswagen Emissions Scandal
The Volkswagen emission scandal surfaced in September 2015, when Volkswagen admitted that it had been falsifying emissions data for nearly 500,000 diesel cars sold in the U.S., and that it had instructed its software engineers to develop a sophisticated “defeat device” that would conceal the vehicles’ true emissions levels from regulators.
Apple Texting and Driving
On January 17, 2017, MLG’s team of auto lawyers filed a class action lawsuit against Apple, Inc., to address the extremely serious problem of texting and driving which endangers the lives of tens of millions of people every day. The case was filed in state court in Los Angeles, and is entitled Julio Ceja v. Apple, Inc.
Hyundai and Kia Power Window Defect
MLG’s team of auto lawyers identified Hyundai and Kia vehicles with dangerous power windows, capable of amputating passenger body parts. On October 29, 2019, MLG filed the class-action lawsuit of McCready v. Hyundai in California state court in an effort to force Hyundai and Kia to correct its power window systems.
Uber Fraudulent Business Practices
As the company was beginning to build momentum, ride-share sensation Uber was alleged to have made numerous misrepresentations to the public about the safety of its driver background checks. On January 26, 2015, MLG filed a class action lawsuit against Uber for fraudulent business practices.
BMW i3 Range Extender
BMW’s new all electric vehicle, the i3 REx, is alleged to contain a faulty and dangerous “range extender” feature. On May 17, 2016, MLG filed a class action lawsuit against BMW for these defects in the 2014 to 2016 models.
Toyota Soy-Based Wiring
In the mid-2000s, Toyota began replacing its plastic wire coverings with a soy-based product. The move was intended to be more environmentally friendly, but it had a very disastrous side effect: the soy materials invited rodents to chew through the insulation, causing severe damage to vehicles’ electrical system.
Kia Fuel Economy Fraud
MLG’s team of auto lawyers sought to hold Kia responsible for their false statements regarding Kia’s purported fuel efficiency. On January 9, 2013, MLG filed a class action lawsuit against Kia, alleging the car company misrepresented the gas mileage capabilities of certain 2011-2013 model vehicles.
Maserati's Defective Locking System
Maserati North America, Inc. was faced with a class action filed by MLG for its 2014 to 2016 model year Ghibli vehicles equipped with a defect that allows the key fob to be locked inside the vehicle without a way to unlock it, creating a dangerous situation if a pet or child is locked inside the car.
Cases Against Manufacturers
AM General Huntington Beach Hummer v. AM General
Acura David McPhillips v. Acura
Eddie Jones v. Acura
Alfa Romeo Greg Stacy v. Alfa Romeo
Aston Martin Henrik Fisker v. Aston Martin
Audi Michael Warncke v. Audi Matthew Felsot v. Audi
Big Dog Motorcycles Big Dog Motorcycles of SD v. Big Dog
BMW Mona Shaikh v. BMW
Hussein Berri v. BMW
Alan Brundo v. BMW
Jonathan Bueno v. BMW
Paolo Miliozzi v. BMW
Capacity Trucks GFL, Inc. v. Capacity Trucks
Chrysler Ernie Caluza v. Chrysler Tim Blackwell v. Chrysler Margareta Knoos v. Chrysler Lance St. Clair v. Chrysler Leigh Carleu v. Chrysler Kimberly Morrison v. Chrysler Nicole Mastroianni v. Chrysler Edmund Karam v. Chrysler Joe Veni v. Chrysler Western Motors v. Chrysler Stacy Allen v. Chrysler Cheyenne Fairchild v. Chrysler
Dale Sievwright v. Chrysler
Edgar Gabriel v. Chrysler
Carolyn Bailey-Paich v. Chrysler
Stephen Edwards v. Chrysler
Steven Ouzounian v. Chrysler
Edward Shane v. Chrysler
Mary Shaffer v. Chrysler
Ford Lorena Albert v. Ford
General Motors Royal Birk v. GM GM v. Huntington Beach Hummer Sam DeSantis v. GM Ernell Durden v. GM Ana-Maria Vegas v. GM
Pete Shaver v. GM Sherwood Automotive v. GM Kennedy Cadillac v. GM Huntington Beach Chrysler v. GM Rally Auto Group v. GM Gordon Hair v. GM Ted Titmas v. GM Cathy Wood v. GM
D’Angelo Scott v. GMAC Groth-Hill Land Co. v. GMAC Crown Chevrolet v. GMAC
Rahim Hassanally v. GM
Harley-Davidson Old Road Harley v. Harley-Davidson
Honda Tipton Honda v. Honda Erin Reilly v. Honda
Tori Grigis v. Honda Shae Pellegrini v. Honda
Hyundai Victor Partaker v. Hyundai Rally Auto Group, Inc. v. Hyundai Josh Kim v. Hyundai
Paula LaBrot v. Hyundai
Jim Shelton v. Hyundai
Courtney Torres v. Hyundai
Infiniti Kimberly Ortega v. Infiniti
Isuzu Margaret Semple v. Isuzu
Jaguar Lee West Enterprises v. Jaguar
VLF v. Karma
Kia Kamiya Perry v. Kia Valter Facundo v. Kia Patricia McClanahan v. Kia
Mauro Miramontes v. Kia
P Ann Gill v. Kia
Land Rover Gary Hanson v. Land Rover
Tyler Mattox v. Land Rover
Maserati Mohamed Elsayed v. Maserati
Mercedes-Benz Leo Chan v. Mercedes Dean Valeriano v. Mercedes Hussein Berri v. Mercedes Sergio Bechara v. Mercedes Lauri Manhas v. Mercedes
Christina Lumba-Gamboa v. Mercedes
Alexander Engelman v. Mercedes
Mitsubishi Marino Automotive Group v. Mitsubishi
Monaco RV Dennis Casagrande v. Monaco
Nissan Gonzales Automotive v. Nissan HWB Automotive Group v. Nissan Jennie Saleen v. Nissan
Emil Moshabad v. Nissan Tammy Williams v. Nissan
Chaunea Jackson v. Nissan
Anthony Kirk v. Nissan
David Alexander v. Nissan
Porsche Chris Parks v. Porsche
Cristina Cheever v. Porsche
Ram Kyle Eppich v. Ram
Ivan Sukhanov v. Ram
Tesla Jonathan Cronstedt v. Tesla
Leila Manshadi v. Tesla
Toyota SVP International v. Toyota David Langseth v. Toyota Majed Nabhan v. Toyota Amy White v. Toyota Creative Productions v. Toyota Marielena Dominguez v. Toyota Marcus Ritze v. Toyota Jason Klein v. Toyota
Sean Kelly v. Toyota
Volkswagen Brian Huber v. Volkswagen Rod Campbell v. Volkswagen Robert Miranda v. Volkswagen Alexandria Kaiser v. Volkswagen Neil Summers v. Volkswagen Camille Jackson v. Volkswagen Helene Andress v. Volkswagen Jenna Buccieri v. Volkswagen Mike Duringer v. Volkswagen
Hubert Williams v. Volkswagen
Volvo Jill Golubow v. Volvo Geeta Novotny v. Volvo
Cases Involving Dealers
Autohaus West Ron Thomas v. Autohaus West
Autosport International Bluestone California v. Autosport International
BMW Concord Stacey Moore v. BMW Concord
Chevrolet of Irvine Ellen Smith v. Chevrolet of Irvine
Douglas Nissan of Orange Javier Martinez v. Douglas Nissan of Orange John Rangel v. Douglas Nissan of Orange Dowhal v. Douglas Nissan of Orange
European Collectibles European Collectibles v. Kayla Durham European Collectibles v. J&R Oldtimers
Family Honda Mach-1 Autogroup v. Family Honda
Family Toyota Nichols Capistrano Assoc. v. Family Toyota
Gonzales Automotive Group Gonzales Automotive Group v. Southgate
Grapevine Dodge Chrysler Jeep Grapevine Dodge Chrysler Jeep v. National Credit Center
Heritage Classics Enrique Murciano v. Heritage Classics
Heritage Classics Enrique Murciano v. Heritage Classics
Kia of Murrieta Wells Fargo v. Kia of Murrieta
Lexus of Riverside Lexus of Riverside v. Eric Shen
Lexus of Westminster Lexus of Westminster v. Lynn Roesler
Marino Auto Gallery Marino Auto Gallery v. Emma Adel
Mercedes-Benz of Portland Reza Basti v. Mercedes-Benz of Portland
Mohr Imports Mike Bavaro v. Mohr Import
Perry Auto Group Perry Auto Group v. National City
Rally Auto Group Taylor Pantel v. Rally Auto Group
Reno Dealership Group
Reno Dealership Group v. GM
Rockettown Chrysler Jose Lopez v. Rockettown Chrysler
Selman Chevrolet Victor Selman Chevrolet v. Techco
Shaver Auto Center Robert Scorpio v. Shaver Auto Center Dorothy Almaraz v. Shaver Auto Center Tommy Lobato v. Shaver Auto Center Shaver Auto Center v. LA Party Rentals
Stephen Pielstick v. Shaver Auto Center Thomas Mayorga v. Shaver Auto Center Gary Seitz v. Shaver Auto Center Danielle Coats v. Shaver Auto Center Andrew Swan v. Shaver Auto Center JPS Corporation v. Shaver Auto Center Jose Aguilar v. Shaver Auto Center Arthur Cockey v. Shaver Auto Center Lorena Aziz v. Shaver Auto Center Robert Palomarez v. Shaver Auto Center Francine Armendariz v. Shaver Auto Center DMV v. Shaver Auto Center BAR v. Shaver Auto Center
Shaver Kia Kimberly Davis v. Shaver Kia Brandi Stevens v. Shaver Kia Patricia Tovar v. Shaver Kia Elizabeth Valdez v. Shaver Kia Bosch Automotive Group v. Shaver Kia
Thompson Auto Group Thompson Auto Group v. Mario Ferla
Union Dodge Union Dodge v. Techco
Villa Ford Villa Ford v. Eagle Ridge Manufacturing
Other Significant Matters
Terminated Chrysler Dealers v. US
John Wolfe (Ch. 7 Trustee) v. MJ Acquisitions
Michael Issa (Ch. 11 Trustee) v. Michael Daspin
Mario Ferla v. CHAMCO AUTO
In re ZX Automobile Company of North America
In re China America Cooperative Automotive
Jonas Hiller v. EvoSport
CMZ Enterprises v. Shin Yoshikawa
Desert Classic Concours v. City of Rancho Mirage
Motor Press Guild v. Il Grano
Tropacaval Media v. Sports Car Racing Assn.
Taylor Schraff v. CarMax
Auto Appraisers Network v. Jeff Hyman
Craig Corliss v. UBB Supercars LTD
Shannon Hill v. O’Reilly Auto Parts
Jose Cobian v. Carmax
Giovanna Reis v. Shell
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