Miles is Executive Producer of Inside California Education

banner1-girl2

Update:  January 20, 2017 – Inside California Education begins its premier season this month as PBS affiliates statewide begin to broadcast the 13 show.  Please see your local PBS station for local schedule.

Update:  On June 5, 2015, the California Teachers Association awarded the prestigious John Swett Media in Excellence Award to Inside California Education.  The award will be presented at CTA’s State Council .  “We are very excited at this recognition of Inside California Education,” said co-producer Larry Miles.

Firm founder Larry Miles is continuing his pro bono work in public education by trying to make a public television series focused on California public education a reality.  A former San Juan School District Board Member for eight years, Larry is now serving as Co-Executive Producer for Inside California Education, along with Rick Launey, a former colleague on the San Juan School Board.   The show is produced in partnership with Sacramento’s public television station KVIE and is being shown statewide on member PBS stations.

“Inside California Education focuses on California public education” Larry said.  “Our big idea is that by enhancing public awareness of public education we will get better public policy, more parent engagement, better things happening in schools, and, ultimately, increased student learning.”  Larry has spoken to over 3,000 educators and helped coordinate two major premier showings in Sacramento and San Francisco to promote the program and help secure series sponsors.

Inside California Education has the potential to shape the discussion of educational policy throughout the nation,” Larry observed.  “We are very excited at the enthusiastic support the program has received.”

The pilot episode of Inside California Education focused on career pathways programs at the high school level, early childhood education programs ICE Logo - Smallin San Francisco and Fresno, and a two-time teacher of the year in the San Dimas school District.  It can be seen at www.InsideCalEd.Org.

 

 

Miles McLeod Helps In Major Dealership Transactions

(January 20, 2017) – Founding attorney Larry Miles helped close the sale of two major auto dealerships in Anchorage, Alaska, recently.  “I’m honored to have been involved in the sale of Worthington Ford of Alaska and Mercedes Benz of Anchorage,” said Larry.   “This was an enormously complex transaction involving two major auto dealerships, the sale of real property, multiple leases, and the approval of federal regulators.”  Larry has been involved in dozens of auto dealership buy-sales over the course of his 35 year legal practice and is regarded within the industry as a leading  auto dealer attorney.

(December 21, 2010) – The Miles Law Firm congratulates two of its clients on recent auto dealership transactions in December 2010.  Attorney Larry Miles represented Mr. Carlos Hidalgo in the sale of Folsom Lake Dodge, a major auto dealership located in the Folsom Auto Mall.  Mr. Miles also represented Mr. Perry Falk in the acquisition of an Infiniti dealership in Escondido.

“It is a pleasure to represent our long-time clients in these important auto dealership transactions,”  Mr. Miles noted.  “We are happy for them and also happy that such dealership sales activity may auger well for 2011.”

Mr. Miles has represented dozens of auto dealers in dealership buy-sells since 1986.

McLeod Added as Name Shareholder to Miles McLeod Law Firm

LM-BMThe Miles Law Firm, A Professional Corporation, has changed its name to Miles McLeod, A Professional Law Corporation, recognizing the contributions of long-time shareholder Brady D. McLeod.

“I’m pleased that the firm’s name change recognizes Brady’s outstanding contributions to the firm’s history and his hard work on behalf of our clients for over 14 years,” said firm founder Larry Miles. “Brady also exemplifies the firm’s commitment to our community with his extensive engagement in a variety of community organizations, including youth sports activities.”

A McGeorge law school product, McLeod also has an MBA from Sacramento State University and specializes in business and civil litigation with a particular emphasis in advising auto dealers, auto auctions, and auto finance companies.

McLeod joins Miles, a former VP and General Counsel of the Cal Worthington Auto Group and two-term Trustee of the San Juan School District Board of Education, on the masthead. Founded in 1992, Miles McLeod is recognized by Martindale-Hubbell with its coveted A-V rating for outstanding legal talent and ethics, as well as by their legal peers for outstanding expertise in the area of franchise law.

Sacramento Magazine Names Miles Outstanding Franchise Lawyer

Sacramento Magazine has named Larry Miles a 2015 Outstanding Lawyer in Franchise Law.   “I’m honored that other lawyers and Sacramento Magazine appreciate my 35 years experience as a practicing attorney,” Larry said.  A former Vice-President and General Counsel for the Cal Worthington Auto Group, Miles represents franchised new motor vehicle dealers as a significant part of his legal practice.

The award is based on confidential peer assessments of other Sacramento attorneys.


Miles Earns Airline Transport Rating

LWM LearFirm founder Larry Miles earned an FAA Airline Transport Rating (“ATP”) in April 2015.  The ATP rating is the highest pilot rating granted by the FAA.

“I’m thrilled to have received this rating,” Larry said.  “It represents the culmination of 43 years of aviation and will help me be a better pilot and advocate for pilots.”  Larry’s aviation practice includes representing pilots as a legal panel attorney for the Airline Owners & Pilots Assn. (“AOPA”) and Fixed Base Operators.  He has performed many aviation mediations, appeared before the National Transportation Safety Board, and is a member of the International Air Transport and Safety Bar Assn. and the Lawyer-Pilot Bar Assn.

Larry has been a pilot since 1972 and also has seaplane and Lear Jet (Second-in-Command) endorsements.   He currently flies a Bonanza A36.

Miles Helps Establish Cal Worthington Memorials

Mr. Miles Delivers $10,000 To Establish The Cal Worthington Scholarship

Firm founder Lawrence W. Miles, Jr. has helped establish several memorials to the late Cal Worthington with the San Juan Education Foundation and the Aerospace Museum of California.  Cal passed away in September 2013.

Representing an anonymous friend of Mr. Worthington, Larry has delivered  $20,000  to the San Juan Education Foundation to establish the Cal Worthington Memorial Scholarship.  The scholarship will be available to an eligible graduating senior from San Juan High School in Citrus Heights and Encina High School in Arden Arcade who demonstrates a serious interest in one of six areas in which Cal worked 1) automotive technology; 2) the military; 3) digital arts, 4) aviation, 5) business, or 6) agriculture, including the culinary arts.

“I am so thrilled to be a part of establishing a scholarship in Cal’s honor that will help deserving kids finish their education,” Larry said.  “Even though Cal never got past 9th grade, he very much valued education.  We hope that other auto dealers and those who  want to honor Cal will contribute and help grow this scholarship.”

Larry was a member of the San Juan Unified School District Board of Education for eight years, and helped lead the district in establishing a career pathways program at San Juan High School.

The Cal Worthington Digital Welcome Center

Larry also facilitated contributions to create the Cal Worthington Digital Welcome Center at the Aerospace Museum of California, where Larry serves as a member of the Board.

“Cal loved all things aviation and the Museum,” Larry explained.  “This memorial is also a fitting remembrance of Cal.”

The Welcome Center will greet Museum visitors with clips from Cal’s talk on flying B-17’s during WW2 which he gave at the Museum in 2013, as well as some of his famous TV commercials, including one where he wing-walks upside down on a bi-plane.  The Welcome Center will also explain Museum events to visitors as they begin their visit.

Larry represented Mr. Worthington and his various companies for over 25 years, starting in 1986 when Cal appointed Larry as VP & General Counsel of the Worthington Auto Group.

(Cal’s talk at the Museum can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0dCJ32OstQ)

 

 

Miles McLeod Helps With Dealer Acquisitions

Auto DealerLed by founding shareholder Lawrence W. Miles, Jr., Miles McLeod recently represented the buyer in the acquisition of three auto dealerships and related real property transactions.  Mr. Miles was lead counsel in the acquisition of Stockton Hyundai, San Leandro Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, and Ford of West Covina.

“We are pleased to have represented the buyer in these important business transactions, and congratulate him in growing his auto dealership group,” said Miles.  Mr. Miles has represented auto dealers and other businesses in asset sales agreements for over 25 years.

LEGAL ALERT: Court Rules Against Dealer In Deferred Down Payment Case

CheckCalifornia’s Automobile Sales Finance Act requires in relevant part that dealers disclose deferred down-payments on the line identified in the standard-form retail installment sales contract.  A customer will often ask, “Can I bring the other $500 in next Monday,” and dealers typically think nothing of it.  However, a recent Appellate decision demonstrates that dealers who fail to disclose deferred down-payments on their retail installment sales contracts are easy targets for lawsuits.

In Rojas v. Platinum Auto Group, Inc., 212 Cal. App. 4th 997, 151 Cal. Rptr. 3d 562 (2d Dist. 2013), the Court held that California law requires strict compliance with this aspect of the state’s Automobile Sales Finance Act (“ASFA”), rejecting the dealer’s argument that “substantial compliance” was sufficient to avoid liability. In Rojas, the dealer listed four payments totaling $2,000 as a “down payment”, instead of as a “deferred down-payment”,notwithstanding that the payments were spread over three months.  The dealer argued that he had made the important or “material” disclosures required by the ASFA and that listing the payments on the “down payment” line instead of the “deferred down payment” line was a technical violation that did not harm the consumer.  In short, the dealer argued that his “substantial compliance” with the critical disclosures required by the statute, such as the actual purchase price, interest rate, payments, and other key terms, was adequate.

In rejecting the dealer’s argument, the Court observed that the ASFA is a consumer protection statute which is strictly enforced to achieve the consumer benefit which the Legislature intended.  It noted that the failure to properly disclose the deferred down payment harms consumers because lenders are misled into believing that the consumer has sufficient financial strength to make the down payment, as opposed to the reality of having to“defer” the down payment over a period of time. Thus, consumers are induced to enter into contracts for the purchase of a vehicle which they cannot afford.

The Rojas decision will disappoint dealers who were hoping for a “no harm, no foul” decision from the Court.  Dealers have long chafed at the deferred down payment disclosure requirement precisely because some lenders do push back on buying such contracts.  However, dealers should review this issue with their lenders and not assume that lenders will reject deals with deferred down payments. Most lenders today will accept contracts that disclose deferred down payments so long as the deferred down payments are properly disclosed and collected prior to assignment of the contract.

The penalty for violating the ASFA is typically rescission of the contract, even if the contract has run its course several years later and you are suing to collect a deficiency judgment.  Dealers who have failed to disclose deferred down payments but have “Hold Check Agreements” and copies of several “down payment” checks in their deal jackets are providing the necessary evidence of culpability. 

Worse, dealers are an easy target for a class action lawsuit if they fail to disclose deferred down payments.  In a class action lawsuit Plaintiffs seek to review three or four years of your deals for evidence of a systematic violation of the ASFA and the liability escalates exponentially, including the prospect of paying enormous attorney fees to plaintiff’s class counsel, not to mention your own defense costs.

Just remember:  there is nothing wrong with a deferred down payment that proper disclosure won’t cure.

LEGAL ALERT: California Consumers Can Recover Attorney Fees Against Dealer Bond

A recent Court of Appeal case could make it more difficult both for California auto dealers to obtain their dealer bonds, as well as collect on the bonds against other fraudulent dealers.

In Pierce v. Western Surety Co., 2012 Cal. App. LEXIS 734 (2012), the 5th District Court of Appeal held last month that a consumer could recover attorney fees on a dealer bond if the consumer could have recovered such fees in a direct action against the dealer under the Consumer Legal Remedies Act (“CLRA”).

The bond company in Pierce argued that the surety law did not authorize the payment of attorney fees, but the appeals court rejected that argument.  The Court found that consumers were entitled to have their claim satisfied under the CLRA, which includes attorney fees.

The parties to a bond dispute often agree on how to distribute the $50,000 bond.  The bond company, consumers, and DMV all have a preference in bond disputes over the claims of auto auctions, dealers, and other parties.  With the addition of consumer attorney fee claims, consumer attorneys will have little interest in trying to resolve the bond disputes, leaving licensees such as auctions and used car dealers left with less opportunity for recovery against a fraudulent dealer.  More bond cases may go to trial, as the ability of parties to stipulate to a settlement of the bond litigation becomes more problematic.

Finally the cost of obtaining a bond could rise as bond company losses rise with the obligation to pay such attorney fees.  Some bond companies may elect to get out of the business altogether in California.

 

Miles Named to Aerospace Museum Board

Firm founder Larry Miles has been named to the Aerospace Museum of California Board of Directors.  Located in McClellan Air Park in Sacramento, the Museum features dozens of historical airplanes and aerospace exhibits and is heavily involved in educational opportunities for area students.

“As a pilot, as a member of a long-time Air Force family, and as a school board trustee who strongly supports public education, I am just thrilled to be a part of supporting this nationwide treasure,” Larry said.  “I look forward on the Board to helping continue the important work started by the museum’s founders.”

 

Powered by Netfirms