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Supreme Court Passes Automobile Dealership Service Advisor Exemption Issue Back to Lower Court

On June 20, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to provide a definitive opinion on a pay issue that has concerned automobile dealerships for years. The question involves whether dealership service advisors fall under the...more

SCOTUS Says DOL Needs to Explain Itself If It Wants Deference to its Regulations

This week, the Supreme Court dealt a blow to the Department of Labor’s rulemaking procedures, criticizing the agency for explicitly changing its long-standing treatment of automobile service advisors as overtime exempt while...more

Supreme Court Criticizes Labor Department for Arbitrary Overtime Regulations

The Supreme Court ruled on June 20, 2016, that the U.S. Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) 2011 regulation removing a long-standing exemption to overtime pay for auto service advisors was “procedurally defective.” In a 6-2...more

Supreme Court Rejects Deference to DOL Regulation on FLSA Exemption Due to Failure to Provide Reasoned Explanation for Change

The Supreme Court granted certiorari in Encino Motorcars, LLC v. Navarro, No. 15-415 (June 20, 2016), to resolve a circuit court split regarding whether “service advisors” are exempt from receiving overtime pay under the Fair...more

The Supreme Court - June 2016 #5

The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in five cases today: RJR Nabisco, Inc. v. European Community, No. 15-138: The European Union and 26 of its members filed an action in District Court against...more

Putting the Brakes on the DOL: USSC Finds that DOL Not Entitled to Deference on Service Manager Overtime Regulation

Yesterday, in Encino Motorcars v. Navarro, No. 15-415, the U.S. Supreme Court vacated a Ninth Circuit ruling that had deferred to a Department of Labor 2011 regulation that auto service advisors were nonexempt and should...more

Supreme Court Calls “Do Over” On FLSA Service Advisor Exemption Rule

In a 6 to 2 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court today continued the flip-flop-flip on determining whether an automobile dealership’s service advisors are exempt from the FLSA’s overtime requirements. The Court vacated and...more

Car Dealership’s Service Advisors’ Overtime Controversy Stalls in the Supreme Court

On June 20, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a ruling regarding the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) overtime exemption for “any salesman, partsman, or mechanic primarily engaged in selling or servicing...more

Supreme Court Declines to Give Chevron Deference to Agency Regulation that Departed from Prior Agency Practice

On June 20, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a 6-2 opinion in Encino Motorcars, LLC v. Navarro et al., holding that the U.S. Department of Labor (Labor Department) was not entitled to receive Chevron deference with respect...more

The Supreme Court Shoots Down DOL Regulations, But Declines To Rule Whether Service Advisors are Exempt From Overtime Pay...

Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in the Encino Motorcars, LLC v. Navarro case, that many hoped would resolve the issue as to whether Service Advisors at auto dealerships are exempt...more

Dol Fumbles…Scotus Punts

On June 20, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its latest decision (read, “non-decision”) in Encino Motorcars, LLC v. Navarro. The case involves a decades-old question of whether auto dealership “service advisors” are exempt...more

Supreme Court Decides Encino Motorcars, LLC v. Navarro

On June 20, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Encino Motorcars, LLC v. Navarro, holding that a Department of Labor formal regulation that reversed the Department’s longstanding informal position exempting service advisors...more

Failure To Pay Costs Did Not Materially Breach Arbitration Agreement In Light Of Legitimate Dispute As To The Forum

A New Jersey appellate court affirmed an order dismissing a class action and compelling individual (non-class) arbitration. The underlying arbitration agreements provided that the defendant car dealership would pay all costs...more

Tattoos, Haircuts, And Head Coverings – We're Not In Kansas Anymore

As our society has evolved and changed, standards for acceptable dress and appearance have also been transformed. For example, tattoos, once seen mostly on bikers and those who had served in the military, are now mainstream....more

The NLRB's Attack On Dealership Arbitration Agreements

Many of our dealership clients utilize binding arbitration agreements to resolve employee disputes. Arbitration agreements provide a number of unique benefits to those dealerships that wish to avoid the costs and negative...more

Automotive Law Group News: Appellate Court Win for Massachusetts State Auto Dealers Association

Murtha Cullina's automotive industry team achieved a victory on behalf of the Massachusetts State Automobile Dealers Association on March 17, 2016 when the Massachusetts Appeals Court voted unanimously to affirm the dismissal...more

Old is New: History Repeats Itself

You may recall that in late 2011, we published the article, “Five Persistent Trends Affecting Automobile Dealers.” While the specifics may have changed, many of the trends continue to persist and affect dealers. This is a...more

Looking Ahead: What the Auto Lending Industry Can Expect from the CFPB in 2016

The CFPB's critics are getting louder, arbitration clauses are spending some time on the chopping block and credit reporting continues to garner more and more attention. These are all things we can expect to focus on this...more

CFPB Orders "Buy Here, Pay Here" Auto Dealer to Pay $800,000 for "Abusive" Financing Schemes

Why it matters - Continuing to keep a close eye on the auto lending industry, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) ordered a "Buy Here, Pay Here" car dealer to pay $700,000 in restitution to customers, with a...more

New Year's Resolution? Review Your Sales Pay Plan

Many dealerships give little thought to their sales pay plans. After all, they’re simple and straightforward, right? X% of the front gross and Y% of the back end gross, plus whatever bonuses you choose to give. About as...more

SC Public Policy Update - February 2016

What's New - JUDICIAL ELECTIONS - Judge John Few of Greenville edged out fellow Court of Appeals Judge Bruce Williams for a seat on the five-member South Carolina Supreme Court by a vote of 92-73. Click here for a...more

CFPB and DOJ Enter Fourth Enforcement Order Against Indirect Auto Lender Based On Discriminatory Loan Pricing Policies

On February 2, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and Department of Justice (DOJ) announced entry of a consent order against Toyota Motor Credit (TMC), the U.S. financing arm of Toyota Motors' subsidiary Toyota...more

Another auto finance company agrees to change dealer compensation policy to settle ECOA claims alleged by CFPB and DOJ

The CFPB and Department of Justice (the “Agencies”) announced recently that they have entered into a settlement with Toyota Motor Credit Corporation (TMCC) to resolve charges that TMCC engaged in unlawful discrimination in...more

South Carolina Legislative Update

Infrastructure, workforce development, Sharia Law, and automobile dealer closing fees seemed to dominate last week’s activities of the South Carolina General Assembly. Below are a few highlights...more

How Have Dealerships Fared In Fight Against Union "Quickie" Elections?

The National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) “quickie” election rules took effect on April 14, 2015, substantially expediting the union election process. Among other things, the new rules cut the time period between...more

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