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FTC cracks down on deceptive dealer advertising

Time to batten down the hatches!

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The Federal Trade Commission and the County of Los Angeles Department of Consumer Affairs announced a nationwide enforcement action targeting deceptive auto dealer advertisements—called “Operation Steer Clear”—which has already resulted in the voluntary settlement of complaints against nine new and used auto dealerships across the country.

Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory

Mondragon v. Capital One Auto Finance

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This recent opinion from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has potentially given consumer advocates carte blanche to open the floodgates of discovery into deal jackets to obtain information concerning the citizenry of putative class members in the context of a mere pleading motion.

EVENT on January 10, 2014 to January 11, 2014

Bridgeport consumer class action conference

Changing standards for class certification

Chris Scali will be a featured presenter at this timely conference, discussing the development of recent major class actions cases and decisions, as well as a looking at upcoming cases and current practice.

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In the last six months, California courts have drastically limited an employer’s ability to utilize a piece-rate system to pay its employees.  Important court rulings have made it clear that each “hour worked,” as defined by the Labor Code, must be compensated and itemized if employers intend to exert any type of control, issue any directive, or place any requirement on their employees during non-piece-rate times.

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On Tuesday, October 22, 2013, Judge Jed Beebe in the Santa Barbara County Superior Court denied Arturo Martinez’s motion for class certification against Santa Maria Ford for alleged DMV fee lumping violations under the Automobile Sales Finance Act (ASFA) and the Unfair Competition Law (UCL).

EVENT on November 12, 2013

Guest lecture at Northwood University

Pitfalls and Real World Compliance Issues in Auto Dealership F&I Departments

Chris Scali will be appearing as a guest lecturer at Northwood University’s Automotive and Marketing Management Program’s Dealership Legal Issues/Finance and Insurance Class. He will be giving a talk on Pitfalls and Real World Compliance Issues in Auto Dealership F&I Departments.

EVENT on November 1, 2013

Chris Scali will chair and moderate this primer on patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret law. In a half-day presentation, four experts will introduce these two areas of law in an accessible manner and will present best practices for how to create, maintain, protect, and enforce patents and trade secrets.

EVENT on October 22, 2013

Chris Scali will be moderating a panel on The Dynamics of a Trade Secret Case—The Joys, Burdens & Frictions of the In-House & Outside Counsel Relationship at this year's Trade Secret Law Summit for the American Intellectual Property Law Association.

Chris Scali featured in NADC's Defender

Enforcing arbitration agreements

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The National Association of Dealer Councel (NADC) featured the article Enforcing arbitration agreements: Unconscionability is still the battleground, but for how long?, by Christian Scali, in their June 2013 issue of Defender. In it he reviews the current state of laws governing pre-dispute arbitration agreements in California.