Scali Law Firm expands to the Bay Area, adding to its trial and regulatory bench

Seasoned defense trial attorney, Bruce Nye, tapped to lead the Oakland office of California’s top automotive law firm

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LOS ANGELES, June 30, 2017 – To add to its Northern California presence and further deepen its trial bench, The Scali Law Firm today announced that it has added Bruce Nye as Attorney Of Counsel. Nye has tried over fifty jury and bench cases, including the landmark Proposition 65 case, Baxter Healthcare Corporation v. Denton (2004) 120 Cal.App.4th 333.

“Bruce has an outstanding California and national reputation representing auto dealerships and defending companies of all types and sizes against Proposition 65 claims said Scali Law Firm founder Christian Scali. “Bruce’s experience trying and winning Proposition 65 and auto dealer consumer and employment cases will be a huge contribution to the firm. And Bruce’s prior experience managing a boutique law firm in San Francisco makes him ideal for spearheading the firm’s Bay Area office and building its presence there. Bruce’s contribution to the firm will complement the contributions of other firm leaders, including Melanie Joo, Bob Daniels and Bob Mizar.”

For almost 30 years, Bruce has represented auto dealers in a variety of litigated matters and trials. His experience in this field ranges from consumer class action matters to Truth and Lending Act cases, Unfair Competition Act and Consumer Legal Remedy Act, ADA and employment cases. Bruce achieved much success as Defense Liaison Counsel in the infamous Trygar case brought against the entire retail auto dealer industry in the late 1990s and was critical in developing the strategy that resulted in a dismissal of all but the four named defendant dealerships in that case. His experience will augment the firm’s knowledge base and experience trying auto dealer cases.

Bruce also has extensive experience representing manufacturers, distributors and retailers in Proposition 65 cases. He tried, won and successfully defended the appeal in the landmark case of Baxter Healthcare Corporation v. Denton, standing for the propositions that there is no obligation to provide a warning of exposures to chemicals when a company can prove that they are not toxic to humans, and that a company can establish the absence of a duty to warn in a declaratory judgment action. He regularly advises companies on compliance with Proposition 65 and develops strategies for his clients to avoid liability. He is very excited by the opportunity to build The Scali Law Firm’s Proposition 65 practice.

The Scali Law Firm is an auto dealer law firm, offering transactional, regulatory and litigation and trial services at reasonable rates or for a modified flat fee as part of its outside general counsel service. The firm was named a Top Boutique Law Firm in California by The Daily Journal last year, an honor reserved for only one law firm in the automotive category.

The Scali Law Firm’s attorneys are thought leaders in the automotive industry, often called upon to provide their opinions on new and trending issues on auto distribution and franchise, F&I, employment and advertising issues. The Scali Law Firm also drafted the CNCDA’s 2015 and 2017 Advertising Law Manuals, providing auto dealers with practical guidance on advertising practices.