Automotive

Stevens & Lee has an in-depth understanding of the unique legal and business challenges facing our clients in this rapidly changing industry.

We provide a wide range of counseling, transaction assistance, and litigation services to national and international automotive industry clients seeking guidance with industry-specific issues, as well as traditional legal matters such as general corporate, litigation, labor and employment, real estate, succession planning, immigration, executive compensation, employee benefits, and tax. Our cross-disciplinary legal team represents automotive manufacturers, captive financial entities, suppliers, and distributors in developing comprehensive solutions to strengthen and expand their businesses.

Advisory

  • Establishment of national dealer networks for start-up and next-gen manufacturers
  • Federal and state legal and regulatory compliance, including administrative laws
  • Environmental law compliance
  • Establishment and assistance with reinsurance programs
  • Land use, real estate and zoning
  • Consumer fraud, warranties, lemon law, consumer leasing and consumer finance litigation
  • Administrative actions brought by the DMV and state Attorneys General
  • Franchise matters
  • Estate planning
  • Trademark, Service Mark, Intellectual Property issues
  • Succession planning (including ESOPs)

Finance/Transactional

  • Mergers and acquisitions (asset, equity, real estate, and financing)
  • Finance, banking, and insurance matters, including acting as national and regional outside counsel for several large captive finance companies and a manufacturer
  • Asset-based lending, real estate lending, construction loans, floorplan financing and leasing
  • Financial loan transactions, workouts and related litigation
  • Bankruptcy matters on behalf of manufacturers and lenders
  • Investment capital (e.g. private placements) for national dealer networks for start-up and next gen manufacturers

Commercial Disputes

  • Franchisor/dealer disputes, including legal issues under the New Jersey Franchise Practices Act (FPA) and the Automobile Dealers’ Day in Court Act
  • Trademark and intellectual property rights infringement disputes
  • Class actions
  • Construction development and disputes
  • Replevin Actions
  • Federal Truth-in-Lending Act and Truth-in-Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act
  • Federal and state Fair Credit Reporting Act

Labor and Employment

  • Union avoidance, initial union elections and union de-certifications
  • Collective bargaining and grievance arbitrations
  • Unfair labor practice charges
  • Misclassification issues under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) in connection with the Financing/Credit Department, and issues arising from commissioned employees
  • Employee relations
  • Employment litigation, such as wage-and-hour, discrimination claims and enforcement of non-competition, non-solicitation and confidentiality agreements
  • OSHA compliance
  • Immigration
  • Executive compensation
  • Employee benefits

In addition, our affiliated FINRA-licensed investment bank, Griffin Financial Group, provides a wide range of services to our automotive industry clients.

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