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The Scali Law Firm is pleased to announce the addition to its team of labor and employment attorney, Dominique Nasr. Dominique brings to the firm her employment advice and counsel, wage and hour class action and employment discrimination and harassment litigation skills.

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On April 3, 2014, the California Supreme Court heard Oral Argument in Iskanian v. CLS Transportation Los Angeles, LLC (“Iskanian”), a case that will determine whether impediments to arbitration of class wage and hour and other employment claims continue to be viable after the United States Supreme Court’s decision in AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion (2011) 131 S.Ct. 1740. The Supreme Court’s ruling in Iskanian will have far-reaching implications for California dealers; it will either remove the impediment to arbitration that Gentry v. Superior Court (2007) 42 Cal.4th 443 and the prosecution of Labor Code Private Attorney General Act (PAGA) claims potentially represent, or it will decide that such impediments are viable justifications to deny enforcement of an otherwise valid arbitration agreement. Individual arbitration of employment disputes allows the dealer and its employee to resolve any wage and hour claims through arbitration and effectively nullify the risk of class proceedings.

Chris Scali featured in March issue of Defender

Implementing a successful social media program

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Chris Scali's article, Social media sells cars: Implementing a successful social media program can prevent unfair competition, was published in the March 2014 issue of Defender, a publication of the National Association of Dealer Counsel. In his article, Mr. Scali discusses ways to obtain trade secret protection of social media accounts used and maintained by employee's for the benefit of the employer. This article gives tips for broadening a company's intellectual property assets and expanding its rights to prevent departing employees from unfairly competing with it.

EVENT on April 9, 2014 to April 10, 2014

The Scali Law Firm is proud to be a Bronze Sponsor of the California New Car Dealers Association's annual Dealer Day legislative conference.

Consumer attorney demand letters may trigger ASFA defenses.

Don’t sit on your rights: You might lose them

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If a plaintiff’s lawyer sends you a demand letter, you should immediately send it to your own lawyer for a response. A decision that the Appellate Division of the Los Angeles County Superior Court handed down last month shows why.

EVENT on April 11, 2014

IADAC SoCal Spring Conference

Point of Sale Disclosure Presentation

Christian Scali will be presenting on best practices for “point of sale” disclosures that auto dealers should know when advertising and selling used vehicles at this Spring's conference for the Independent Automobile Dealers Association of California (IADAC).

EVENT on February 19, 2014

Dealer Advertising Seminar

Inland Empire ADOMA Chapter Monthly Meeting

Chris Scali will talk about the history of automobile advertising enforcement efforts in California and explain some of the practices that the FTC is going after, as well as some of the guidance the FTC has published to assist dealers in avoiding enforcement efforts.