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Class Action Suits Against Massachusetts Car Dealers on the Rise

by Mintz Levin on

Spurred by a recent change in a Massachusetts wage and hour regulation, plaintiffs’ attorneys are aggressively pursuing class action lawsuits seeking unpaid overtime premium pay on behalf of car salespeople across the...more

EU & Competition Law Update – July 2017

by Bryan Cave on

On 14 June 2017, the EU Commission announced that it was opening an investigation into Sanrio, owner of the Hello Kitty brand. Sanrio have been accused by the Commission of an infringement of Article 101 TFEU, the prohibition...more

Oregon's New Vehicle and Bike Taxes

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Famously opposed to a “sales” tax (except on marijuana), Oregon will soon add a half-percent “privilege” tax on new car dealers to its growing list of excise taxes, including car rentals and transient lodging, not to mention...more

Car Dealership Agrees to Consent Order to Pay $5.1 Million in Debt Forgiveness

by Goodwin on

On June 2, 2017, the Florida Attorney General (“Florida AG”) announced that it entered? into a consent order with a Florida car dealership and its president following allegations that the dealership and the individual...more

The Ninth Circuit Goes All In. Will the Supreme Court Call?

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Recently the Ninth Circuit doubled down on its decision that service advisers at car dealerships are not exempt from the FLSA, despite being overturned once by the U.S. Supreme Court....more

Rejection Junction What’s Your Function

It’s happened to every dealer, more so in the last eight or so years than ever – the lender has approved funding; the RISC has been signed by the customer and dealer, and assigned by the dealer to the lender; the title work...more

A Dealership’s Guide To Sexual Orientation Discrimination In The Workplace

by Fisher Phillips on

Following the landmark 2015 Supreme Court decision making same-sex marriage legal across the country, federal courts have grappled with determining which types of claims are actionable under the “sex” provision of Title VII,...more

Selling a Car, Texting and the TCPA

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

After a car dealership (allegedly) texted a person who listed a car for sale on Craiglist, the would be seller filed a class action suit against the dealer claiming the texts were unsolicited, made without consent, and...more

Tesla “Franchisee” Thwarted in Utah

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Tesla, the electric vehicle automaker, recently lost a round in the Supreme Court of Utah. Tesla set up a wholly-owned subsidiary called “Tesla UT” that was to hold a license to sell Tesla’s cars to the public. The Utah...more

Question: When Is a $3 Million Attorney Fee Award Painful?

by Benesch on

Answer: When your fee request was $25 million higher. And so it was in In Re: Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation, pending in federal court in San Francisco. ...more

New Jersey Says Non-Payment Of Arbitration Fees is Breach of Agreement

The New Jersey Supreme Court refused to allow a respondent to benefit from its refusal to pay arbitration fees in Roach v. BM Motoring, LLC, 2017 WL 931430 (NJ March 9, 2017)....more

California Auto Dealers Beware: Commission-Paid Dealership Employees Entitled To Separate Rest Period Pay

by Fisher Phillips on

A California appellate court ruled on February 28, 2017, that employees paid on a commission basis must be separately compensated for legally required rest periods (Vaquero v. Stoneledge Furniture LLC). Although this decision...more

Auto Dealership Liability for Accidents Occurring During Test Drives: How to Protect Your Dealership

by Jaburg Wilk on

Prospective car buyers are no different than the drivers we encounter daily on the road: some are skilled, some are not so skilled. Add to that the prospective buyer’s unfamiliarity with the vehicle they are test-driving,...more

E-Commerce Having a Growing Impact on the Automotive Industry

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Most sales projections coming out of last month’s North American International Auto Show indicate a slow, gradual, but extended decline following a banner year in 2016. However, competition and sales activity looks to be...more

New Year, Same Old Mistakes? Avoid Sexual Harassment At Your Dealership In 2017

by Fisher Phillips on

Our last several Dealership Update newsletters have focused on new developments in dealership employment law, from heightened scrutiny of dealership arbitration agreements and employee handbooks, to the union threat in the...more

The Hazy Truth Regarding Workplace Drug Testing

by Fisher Phillips on

John has been a good technician throughout his relatively short tenure at your dealership. But today he is a bit careless as he test-drives the customer vehicle he just finished working on. As John returns the car to the...more

FTC sends 2016 ECOA report to CFPB

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The FTC has sent its annual letter to the CFPB reporting on the FTC’s activities related to compliance with the Equal Credit Opportunity Act and Regulation B. The FTC has authority to enforce the ECOA and Reg B as to...more

Commercial Contract Risk in 2017

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Coming off a record year in car sales, it’s expected that warranty and recall costs will continue to be on the rise. With that in mind, it’s vital that OEMs and suppliers have both their foreign and domestic contracts in...more

Two States Buck FAA Preemption, While Alabama Stays the Course

Three state supreme courts tackled arbitration law in recent weeks: Alabama, North Carolina, and Rhode Island. Rhode Island reversed a construction arbitration award because it disagreed with the arbitrator’s analysis. ...more

BMW reverses its policy on internet selling restrictions for dealers following CMA action

by Bryan Cave on

In 2016, Carwow a new car portal, which introduces customers to dealers for the purchase of cars, complained to the Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) that BMW UK was prohibiting its dealers from listing their new BMW...more

Service Advisors at Auto Dealerships Not Exempt, Says the Ninth Circuit

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

On January 9, 2017, the Ninth Circuit issued its opinion in Navarro v. Encino Motorcars, LLC, on remand from the United States Supreme Court. It held, once again, that service advisors at car dealerships are not exempt from...more

Property Tax & Valuation Topics - Winter 2017

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

On September 30, 2016, the Connecticut Supreme Court heard oral argument in Nutmeg Housing Development Corp. v. Colchester. On the face of it, the ad valorem valuation of a garden variety property in the suburbanizing Town...more

Certified Used Vehicles for Sale Can Have Unrepaired Defects

Used Car Dealers Not Required to Fix Safety Recalls Before Selling Automobiles - Have you recently purchased a certified used vehicle or are you considering a used car when you make your next automobile purchase? If so,...more

The U.S. Supreme Court And Workplace Class Actions

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: As profiled in our recent publication of the 13th Annual Workplace Class Action Litigation Report, the U.S. Supreme Court’s rulings have a profound impact on employers and the tools they may utilize to...more

Ninth Circuit Again Says Auto Dealers' Service Advisors Are Not FLSA Exempt Employees

Last year in its Encino Motorcars decision, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ reliance on a Department of Labor (DOL) interpretation finding that automobile dealership service advisors do not...more

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