Auto Fraud

Chairs: 
Minal Gahlot
Minal Gahlot
Christina Gill Roseman
Christina Gill Roseman

New to auto fraud? Beginners are encouraged to attend the Auto Fraud Fundamentals workshop the morning of April 30 to provide you with the essentials needed to spot common auto fraud cases to get the most out of this track. Learn more about the pre-training workshops on our website.

Why You Should Attend: 

Are you tired of doing pro bono work for shady car dealers? Want to help consumers with their auto fraud problems, but still earn a living? The Spring Training has sessions to teach you not only the law, but how to address litigation and practice management challenges.

To help your auto fraud clients, you need to be able to spot the right cause of action that will bring relief to your clients and compensation. Familiarity with both federal and state laws will help you choose the right course of action. Once you have chosen the problem to be addressed, you need to be prepared to handle all the litigation challenges that arise from handling the claim. With in-depth dives rather than broad overview sessions, this track will give you the tools and strategies to litigate auto fraud cases when you return to your office.

“The training is designed to arm us with practical knowledge to guide us through the challenges of practicing consumer law. The committee, presenters, and sponsors have worked very hard to ensure that the Spring Training addresses topics of interest that will help you on your everyday challenges and solutions." - Minal Gahlot

What You Will Learn: 
  • How to become adept at spotting the best cause of action to bring relief to your clients
  • How to spot, investigate, and litigate Truth in Lending Act (TILA) violations using federal and state laws
  • How to spot, investigate, and litigate odometer fraud and frame damage cases using federal and state laws

Agenda:

Friday, May 1, 2020 - 3:15pm to 4:15pm

Determine what remedies exist to bring relief to your clients with frame and structural damage cases

Speakers

Minal Gahlot is a trial lawyer with experience litigating cases in federal and state trial and appellate courts who handles consumer law cases, including auto fraud, predatory lending, banking and financing, consumer sales and special finance, and student loan and debt collection defense. She has also successfully defended and won appeals resulting in multiple publications. She is a graduate of University of Oklahoma College of Law.

Adam McNeile is an attorney in the San Francisco office of Kemnitzer, Barron & Krieg, LLP. Mr. McNeile graduated from the University of Southern California in 2008 and the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law in 2011. Mr. McNeile practices consumer protection law, focusing on automotive issues.

Lawrence Serbin is a partner at the Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor and is based in Charlotte, NC. He litigates personal injury and consumer cases in North and South Carolina. Larry’s consumer practice focuses primarily on auto fraud cases. He has successfully taken multiple cases to verdict against dealerships and repair shops. Larry enjoys the challenges and rewards of getting to the truth and exposing fraudulent behavior. Larry received his law degree from Capital Law School in Columbus, OH and his undergraduate degree from Ohio University.

Monday, June 8, 2020 - 3:15pm to 4:15pm

Determine whether dealers committed fraud through add-ons to the financing contract

Speaker

Gregory T. Babbitt is a partner at Rosner, Barry & Babbitt, LLP, in San Diego, where he handles California car lemon and auto fraud cases (individual and class actions). Prior to joining Rosner, Barry & Babbitt, LLP, Mr. Babbitt was a Deputy Attorney General for the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, Bureau of Consumer Protection (1998–2001).

Adam McNeile is an attorney in the San Francisco office of Kemnitzer, Barron & Krieg, LLP. Mr. McNeile graduated from the University of Southern California in 2008 and the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law in 2011. Mr. McNeile practices consumer protection law, focusing on automotive issues.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 - 1:15pm to 2:15pm

Recognize what types of violations fall under TILA and RISA

Speakers

Mr. Thomas Domonoske graduated with honors from the Hastings College of Law, San Francisco, CA, in May 1989. He began practicing law in California in 1990 before moving to North Carolina, where he taught classes at the UNC Law School. He then practiced as a legal aid lawyer in from 1993 through 1996. From July 1996 through August 2000, he was a Senior Lecturing Fellow at Duke Law School. In August 2000, he returned to Virginia to a consumer law practice, particularly the federal statutes that regulate financial transactions. He has published many articles on several aspects of consumer law and has given hundreds of consumer law trainings to a wide variety of groups.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - 1:15pm to 2:15pm

Determine what remedies exist to help your clients with deficiency claims

Speakers

Dani K. Liblang of The Liblang Law Firm PC in Birmingham, MI, practices in the areas of plaintiff's personal injury and automobile warranty litigation. She has been certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a civil trial lawyer. Ms. Liblang is a NACA member and was awarded its 2002 Consumer Hero Award. Ms. Liblang has twice served as chair of the Michigan State Bar’s Consumer Law Section, has been a “Super Lawyer” in Consumer Law every year since 2006, was named by Crain’s Detroit Business as a Notable Woman Lawyer in Michigan in 2017, and was designated a Leader in the Law by Michigan Lawyer’s Weekly in 2018. Ms. Liblang has received Martindale-Hubbell’s most distinguished “AV” rating, an honor bestowed on only 10% of attorneys.

Robert W. Murphy is in private practice in Fort Lauderdale, FL, focusing on consumer class action litigation. He is as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Florida College of Law in Gainesville. He is a past chair of the Consumer Protection Law Committee of The Florida Bar and was a board member, secretary, and Florida state chair for NACA.

Andrew Wolf

Friday, June 12, 2020 - 3:15pm to 4:15pm

Determine whether frame and structural damage took place in your client’s vehicle

Speakers

Richard Diklich received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology, Automotive and Business Majors. From 1966–1972, he worked as a Quality Control Supervisor at a Ford Assembly Plant. From 1972–2015, he served as an Instructor of Automotive Technology at Longview Community College. He has served as a subject matter expert for the analysis of service failures of vehicle systems, service history, vehicle valuation, pre-sale condition, collision repair methods, and odometer tampering. He has given expert testimony more than 250 times at deposition or trial in State and Federal Courts, both Civil and Criminal. He has extensive knowledge of consumer fraud and product liability.

Richard Feferman is the founding partner of Feferman, Warren & Mattison, the preeminent law firm in the southwest devoted to protecting consumers. Its three lawyers handle a wide variety of individual and class action consumer cases throughout New Mexico. Most of the firm's cases are lawsuits against car dealers, credit reporting agencies, abusive debt collectors, and predatory lenders. He edited and co-authored Consumer Law in New Mexico, published by the New Mexico State Bar Association. He has devoted his law practice to consumer law full time since 1993. Mr. Feferman is the National Consumer Law Center’s 2013 recipient of the Vern Countryman Consumer Law Award.

Christina Gill Roseman represents consumers at Roseman Law Firm, PLLC, with offices in Pittsburgh, PA and Morgantown, WV. She has successfully tried numerous cases against automobile manufacturers and dealerships. She is rated as an AV Preeminent attorney, the highest ranking, by her peers through Martindale Hubbell, has been selected as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer for 2014, 2016, and 2017, and is NACA’s West Virginia state co-chair.

Minal Gahlot is a trial lawyer with experience litigating cases in federal and state trial and appellate courts who handles consumer law cases, including auto fraud, predatory lending, banking and financing, consumer sales and special finance, and student loan and debt collection defense. She has also successfully defended and won appeals resulting in multiple publications. She is a graduate of University of Oklahoma College of Law.

Monday, June 22, 2020 - 1:15pm to 2:15pm

Determine which federal and state rules provide the best remedies for your warranty claims

Speakers

Will Geddings is an attorney at Hays Cauley, P.C. in Florence, SC. Will has been a consumer advocate for ten years and focuses his practice on automobile fraud, breach of warranty, and incorrect credit reporting. Will has been involved in litigation relating to the FCRA, the FDCPA, the TCPA, the ECOA, and various South Carolina statutes. Will teaches the consumer law portion of the local "Law School for Non-Lawyers" class and has created and conducted a nationally broadcast CLE credit on consumer debt defense. A lifelong South Carolina resident, Will currently also serves as a Commissioner with the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs.

Taras Rudnitsky is a consumer protection attorney near Orlando, FL. Taras was formerly an automotive engineer and automotive design expert witness. He represents consumers in auto fraud cases, warranty cases, home solicitation sales, debt collection defense, and other consumer protection cases. Taras is also active in the legal community, having served on the Florida Bar’s Small Claims Rules Committee and Consumer Protection Law Committee. His dedication to pro bono representation of consumers has repeatedly been recognized by the Florida Supreme Court and other organizations. He is also past President of the Ukrainian American Bar Association, an international bar association.

Susan Yeck has exclusively practiced automobile litigation since 2004 representing California consumers. She has been a trial attorney for over thirty years and has appeared in superior and appellate courts throughout the state. She has several Appellate Decisions, two notably in the warranty law area. She has served as a Judge Pro Tem, settlement panel judge, and arbitrator for San Diego County.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020 - 1:15pm to 2:15pm

Learn about different approaches to make money from auto fraud cases

Speakers

Bryce Bell

Christine Anderson Ferraris

Scott Kaufman founded California Lemon Lawyers in 2003, after a short stint with one of the nation's largest lemon law firms. Scott's firm is now averaging one new case a day and growing exponentially. The firm has been responsible for returning millions of dollars to California consumers who had been wronged by businesses.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020 - 3:15pm to 4:15pm

Overcome common challenges associated with lemon law cases

Speakers

Mark Aschermann is an attorney in Austin, TX, who has been Board Certified in Commercial and Consumer Law in Texas since 1995. Mr. Aschermann is a solo practitioner representing consumers in a wide variety of matters but especially lemon law, insurance, and consumer financial disputes. He has tried a number of cases to jury and to the court as well as a number of arbitration proceedings, most all through the American Arbitration Association. He has also pursued remedies in administrative proceedings. In over twenty-five years of experience, he has become better at assessing claims in which he can help the consumer and make a fee for himself, but this remains a difficult art that punishes poor judgment.

Elizabeth Wells is a partner at the Burdge Law Office in Dayton, OH. She joined the firm in 2004 and concentrates her practice on breach of warranty cases for RVs, cars, motorcycles, and boats, as well as consumer protection auto fraud cases against used car dealers. She also oversees the firm’s lemon law cases. Beth has represented RV consumers in Federal Court mediations in Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky, in Federal Court jury trials in Ohio and Pennsylvania, and before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. She has represented Ohio and Kentucky car, motorcycle, and boat consumers in state court mediations, jury trials, and arbitration hearings, and before multiple Ohio Courts of Appeal.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 - 3:15pm to 4:15pm

Determine whether odometer fraud took place and what remedies exist to bring relief to your clients

Speakers

Robert Murphy

Dana Karni founded Karni Law Firm, P.C., in July of 2007 and has been tirelessly pursuing and finding success for her clients in many areas of consumer law. Dana began her consumer rights career handling debt collection defense cases, as well as plaintiff’s debt collection abuse lawsuits. Over the past five years, Dana has transitioned her law practice to include auto fraud cases. In 2018, Dana won her first federal jury trial pursuing a used car dealer for odometer fraud. She remains involved in several organizations, including the Houston Bar Association, NACA, and others.

M. Kathi Rawls has been practicing law since 2001. She is a graduate of the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College and the Reptile Litigation Group. She has litigated hundreds of consumer law cases, including auto fraud, predatory lending, debt collection abuse, repossession defense, identity theft, and false credit reporting. Her efforts have resulted in settlements in multiple millions of dollars in recovery for Oklahoma consumers and jury trial verdicts that garnered the attention and referrals from even some local judges.

Thursday, June 25, 2020 - 1:15pm to 2:15pm

Find the information you need to successfully litigate the claim

Speakers

Stacy Bardo is the founder of Bardo Law, P.C., a consumer protection litigation firm in Chicago, Illinois. Stacy has nearly twenty years of experience advocating on behalf of consumers. She has been principally involved in hundreds of actions involving debt collection, identity theft, credit reporting practices, consumer fraud and deceptive sales, warranty breaches, automobile financing, repossession, odometer fraud complaints, and mortgage servicing breaches. She has been appointed class counsel in multiple national and statewide class actions certified in Illinois, New York, California, Michigan, Minnesota, and Washington. Stacy was a member of NACA’s Board of Directors from 2012–2018, serving two years as co-chair of the Board, and currently chairs NACA’s Ethics Committee.

Daniel Blinn is the Managing Attorney of Consumer Law Group, Rocky Hill, CT. His practice is focused on representing consumers in claims involving auto dealer fraud, auto warranties, and auto financing in individual and class action claims. He has been admitted to the Connecticut Bar since 1987.

Darren Newhart is a consumer law attorney who was born and raised in South Florida. Before becoming a lawyer, he worked on multi-million-dollar private sportfishing boats, fishing tournaments from Bermuda to Texas, where attention to detail resulted in thousands of dollars in tournament winnings. Since graduating from St. Thomas University Law School, he has applied that real-world experience while representing consumers in individual and class action cases.

Thursday, June 25, 2020 - 3:15pm to 4:15pm

Spot and investigate yo-yo claims properly

Speakers

Sebastian Korth formed Korth Law Office after spending years fighting on behalf of consumers in government and nonprofits. Previous experience includes working for the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation and as a panel attorney for the Consumer Division of the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association. Sebastian Korth is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts state and federal and bankruptcy court.

M. Kathi Rawls has been practicing law since 2001. She is a graduate of the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College and the Reptile Litigation Group. She has litigated hundreds of consumer law cases, including auto fraud, predatory lending, debt collection abuse, repossession defense, identity theft, and false credit reporting. Her efforts have resulted in settlements in multiple millions of dollars in recovery for Oklahoma consumers and jury trial verdicts that garnered the attention and referrals from even some local judges.

Steven Simons formally represented dealers and insurance companies in defense of consumer actions. In 1999, Steve became a consumer advocate representing consumers in auto fraud and other consumer rights cases. Since 1999, Steve has tried to verdict over fifty jury trials involving undisclosed damage, finance fraud, and lemon law issues