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In the last six months, California courts have drastically limited an employer’s ability to utilize a piece-rate system to pay its employees.  Important court rulings have made it clear that each “hour worked,” as defined by the Labor Code, must be compensated and itemized if employers intend to exert any type of control, issue any directive, or place any requirement on their employees during non-piece-rate times.

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On Tuesday, October 22, 2013, Judge Jed Beebe in the Santa Barbara County Superior Court denied Arturo Martinez’s motion for class certification against Santa Maria Ford for alleged DMV fee lumping violations under the Automobile Sales Finance Act (ASFA) and the Unfair Competition Law (UCL).

EVENT on November 12, 2013 to November 13, 2013

Guest lecture at Northwood University

Pitfalls and Real World Compliance Issues in Auto Dealership F&I Departments

Chris Scali will be appearing as a guest lecturer at Northwood University’s Automotive and Marketing Management Program’s Dealership Legal Issues/Finance and Insurance Class. He will be giving a talk on Pitfalls and Real World Compliance Issues in Auto Dealership F&I Departments.

EVENT on November 1, 2013

Chris Scali will chair and moderate this primer on patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret law. In a half-day presentation, four experts will introduce these two areas of law in an accessible manner and will present best practices for how to create, maintain, protect, and enforce patents and trade secrets.

EVENT on October 22, 2013

Chris Scali will be moderating a panel on The Dynamics of a Trade Secret Case—The Joys, Burdens & Frictions of the In-House & Outside Counsel Relationship at this year's Trade Secret Law Summit for the American Intellectual Property Law Association.

Chris Scali featured in NADC's Defender

Enforcing arbitration agreements

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The National Association of Dealer Councel (NADC) featured the article Enforcing arbitration agreements: Unconscionability is still the battleground, but for how long?, by Christian Scali, in their June 2013 issue of Defender. In it he reviews the current state of laws governing pre-dispute arbitration agreements in California.

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As those who read this blog regularly already know, courts have divided into two camps over the enforceability of contractual arbitration agreements. Both camps claim to have the same starting point: the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”) public policy favoring arbitration, under which parties who contractually agree to arbitrate a dispute are absolutely bound to do so unless the agreement is clearly “unconscionable;” i.e., so unreasonable that it shocks the conscience.

EVENT on October 26, 2013 to October 27, 2013

6th Annual ADOMA Mini-Conference

Navigating the Future: Time to Plan!

Christian J. Scali will be speaking to the Auto Dealers Office Management Association about the legal ramifications of the changes coming as a result of The Affordable Healthcare Act.