About Jonathan Michaels

Jonathan Michaels has litigated some of the most important cases in the automotive industry. He is responsible for filing Ponce v. General Motors – a national class action case against GM for the concealment of a deadly defect in its vehicles for 13 years; and Spitzer Motor City v. U.S. – where he represents terminated Chrysler dealers against the U.S. for the “taking” of their franchises in 2009, a violation of the 5th Amendment. He has also litigated cases against nearly every major auto manufacturer, including GM, Audi, Maserati, Mitsubishi, Kia, Nissan, Honda, AM General, Isuzu, Toyota, Hyundai, Harley-Davidson, Mercedes, Chrysler, Volkswagen, Aston Martin, Porsche, Land Rover and Ford.

Generation Next

By | 2017-04-04T16:55:46+00:00 April 4th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

There once existed a time when our teenage youth dreamt wildly of the car they someday hoped to own, adorning their bedroom walls with posters of European exotics and American muscle. Getting your driver’s license was as much of a rite of passage as any, exposing our budding generation to a cornucopia of opportunities, freedom and [...]

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Drive It Like You Stole It

By | 2017-03-14T21:18:10+00:00 March 14th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

For some, ownership of a rare automobile is as enjoyable and relevant as possession of historically significant fine art. Though automobiles were conceived as a means of convenient transportation, the last century has laid witness to their migration into vessels of luxury, sport and collection. Markets have responded accordingly. The most expensive Rembrandt ever sold at [...]

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Protecting Dealerships from Export Penalties

By | 2017-02-27T21:18:21+00:00 February 27th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Over the last several years, automobile manufacturers have gone to great lengths to curb consumer exports of their vehicles to foreign countries. Manufacturers face millions of dollars in losses annually on the sale of high-end luxury vehicles to places like China and the Middle East, where the sales of luxury vehicles can fetch two to three [...]

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Service Advisors in California Not Exempt from Overtime Laws

By | 2017-02-27T21:13:12+00:00 February 27th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

The Fair Labor Standards Act is a federal law that requires U.S. employers to pay overtime to employees who work more than 40 hours a week, unless that employee qualifies for an exemption. Employees who are exempt include “any salesman, partsman or mechanic primarily engaged in selling or servicing automobiles.” The FLSA is silent as to [...]

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The ADA and Consumer Test Drives

By | 2017-02-27T21:03:13+00:00 February 27th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

Claims asserted under the Americans with Disabilities Act on behalf of disabled individuals visiting dealerships or public places are not new. Recently, however, dealerships have been faced with a new access claim and potential lawsuit: dealerships do not have vehicles equipped specialized “hand controls” to allow disabled persons to test drive the vehicles.   Over the [...]

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The Mexican Standoff

By | 2017-02-07T20:16:48+00:00 February 7th, 2017|Categories: The Mexican Standoff, Uncategorized|

During his campaign trail, President Donald Trump blasted the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), calling it “the single worst trade deal ever approved in this country,” and promising to either renegotiate it or break it if he was elected. At the center of his attack was the U.S. automotive industry, which has been sending manufacturing [...]

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MLG TAKES ON APPLE IN CLASS ACTION, DEMANDS TEXTING AND DRIVING SAFEGUARDS

By | 2017-01-18T17:45:42+00:00 January 18th, 2017|Categories: Class Action, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Newport Beach, California (January 18, 2017) – MLG Automotive Law has filed a class action lawsuit against technology giant Apple Inc., seeking to enjoin the company from selling further iPhones until it installs texting and driving safeguards. The lawsuit, Julio Ceja v. Apple Inc. (Case No. BC647057), was filed Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court. [...]

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Automotive Weaponry

By | 2017-04-20T23:04:55+00:00 January 5th, 2017|Categories: Automotive Weaponry|Tags: , , , , , |

War used to be such a simple concept; tragic to be sure, but nevertheless fundamentally simple. A set of opposing troops would march toward one another, firing bullets into the faces of the other, with the last one standing claiming sovereign victory. War was always a matter of international politics – a dictator’s attempt at a [...]

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Texting and Driving: Public Enemy No. 1

By | 2016-12-06T00:58:02+00:00 December 6th, 2016|Categories: Texting and Driving, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

It has migrated from a menacing problem to a full-blown epidemic of national importance: Texting and driving is the single most deadly thing one can do behind the wheel of an automobile. For decades, scores of marchers repudiated drinking and driving, with full community support. Virtually every state has stiff intoxication laws designed to stomp out [...]

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The Next Four Years

By | 2016-11-01T17:14:52+00:00 November 1st, 2016|Categories: The Next Four Years, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

In a week’s time we will have a new leader of the free world, and with it a new era of policy, diplomacy and economy will usher in. The last eight years have laid witness to certain economic growth, pulling our country from near-certain ruin to stable financial health. While the recovery may not have been [...]

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