In addition to our Proposition 65 regulatory group, our transportation and automotive regulatory practice effectively and efficiently helps clients secure necessary licenses and certification, comply with a myriad of legal and regulatory requirements unique to their businesses, and satisfy the requirements of the major cross-industry compliance regimes of privacy/cyber and credit and finance. Scali Rasmussen's expertise with the Federal Trade Commission, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, US Trade Representative, International Trade Commission, NHTSA, and the various state motor vehicle boards and agencies elevates the support we can give our clients . With our help, our clients are able to navigate the many regulations and compliance initiatives of business. We are experts in distribution networks, franchise development, consumer regulations, and advertising.
Transportation and Automotive Licensing and Certification
Advising automotive industry companies on their regulatory and licensing obligations. SR’s regulatory and licensing practice advises clients on all aspects of laws and regulations applicable to automotive dealers, brokers, electric vehicle manufactures, and other emerging and established automotive companies, including Internet/mobile app based platforms.
Automotive Dealership Regulatory Compliance
The SR team advises on a full range of F&I and Sales matters for dealerships. This includes, but is not limited to, advising on: best practices for California dealers; compliance with applicable state and federal law for vehicle sales and financing such as the California’s Automobile Sales Financing Act, the Vehicle Leasing Act, the Truth In Lending Act and implementing federal regulations, CARB, TILA and the implementing federal regulations; training of legal, compliance and sales/F&I personnel; development and implementation of internal policies; and tailored auditing services.
Auto Dealership, Motorcycle, RV and Bus dealer regulatory compliance: DMV, BAR, CARB
We help clients navigate individual state and federal roadmaps on complex licensing, franchising and advertising matters. Clients come to us for business solutions as technology outpaces existing legal frameworks. We not only provide the legal landscape but we work together with our clients to provide pragmatic solutions. The SR regulatory and licensing team also routinely assists clients with obtaining necessary regulatory approvals, and performs regulatory due diligence reviews and operational risk reviews at whatever level of detail the client requires, up to and including multi-state solutions at the municipality, state and federal levels. Our partners include certified Dealership Compliance Officer Professionals (DCOP) and certified Corporate Compliance and Ethics professionals, and are uniquely qualified to handle regulatory compliance issues.
We provide counsel to implement our clients’ sales and distribution strategies. We work with advertising agencies and news media advertising departments to ensure legally compliant advertising. We help our clients develop compliant packaging and marketing campaigns. We review advertising for compliance. We collaborate with our clients and their technology and distribution platforms to develop a 50-state compliant advertising and marketing program. Finally, when companies face regulatory or litigation heat for their advertising campaigns or product advertising, our litigation team is ready to defend them and strategize efficient solutions.
The SR regulatory group provides up to the minute counsel and regulatory solutions for compliance with privacy and cybersecurity requirements and best practices. Our team recognizes the multilayered nature of regulations in this area and can find the right solution based on the unique circumstances of each client. Chair, Monica Baumann, is our in-house Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP). As a litigator and adviser with extensive experience in the automotive industry, Ms. Bauman is one of a few people who can boast expertise in privacy law affecting auto dealerships and automotive companies.
Christian Scali, Bert Rasmussen and Ms. Baumann are also well-versed in the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and its implications for all types of businesses. They develop CCPA Compliance Programs for SR clients and counsel SR clients on legal issues and compliance programs involving the CCPA. They are frequent speakers on CCPA compliance issues and Mr. Rasmussen and Ms. Baumann have given several webinars on the subject.
Often times laws lag behind the forefront of technological advances. Our counsel provides a clear map to the patchwork of legislation that comes with backdated regulation.
State Government Relations
Our connections to various government agencies and advocacy brings a unique perspective to our clients' needs. We assist clients with research, analysis, advocacy and issue management dealing with various governmental issues.
Credit and Finance
The SR regulatory group understands that credit and finance is usually the lifeblood of any business, especially in automotive retailing. Our attorneys are knowledgeable in providing effective solutions for compliance in retail / consumer finance as well as necessary guidance and counsel with regard to credit and finance compliance and transactional matters more broadly.
Our clients include:
- Automotive dealerships
- Automotive Industry Partners and Vendors
- Industry Vendors and Partners
- Advertising Companies
- Electric Vehicle Manufacturers
- Internet/Mobile based companies
- Vehicle Aftermarket Manufacturers
- Venture capital and private equity advisors