Business law

We work closely with businesses of all sizes in preparing and executing their strategic plans and achieving their business objectives. We are dedicated to the long-term success of our clients, and as their legal partner, we are dedicated to providing pragmatic counsel tailored to the unique goals of each business. 

Business formation

We assist clients with a variety of matters including.

  • Entity formation and selection
  • Corporate maintenance
  • Commercial lease transactions
  • Contractual matters
  • Advice on appropriate employee policies and agreements
  • Contracts
  • Franchise formation
  • Advice and counsel

Business litigation

We have a reputation for effective, efficient and successful resolution of business disputes in a variety of areas including:

  • Misappropriation of trade secrets
  • Defamation
  • Trade libel
  • Privacy
  • Wage and hour and employment claims
  • Fraud
  • Unfair business practices
  • Creditor bankruptcy representation
  • Contract disputes
  • Corporate/partnership disputes
  • Franchise disputes

We have also successfully defended claims brought against corporate directors and officers. Our diverse clientele has included privately held corporations, publicly held corporations, limited liability companies, entrepreneurs, corporate directors and officers, and commercial real estate developers. All of our clients rely on our extensive trial court experience and our ability to litigate major civil cases at all levels of state and federal courts.

Advertising law

Our attorneys have advised businesses on all aspects of advertising law. We counsel businesses on how to avoid and respond to investigations by federal and state government agencies for alleged false advertising, unfair sales, and marketing practices. We litigate false advertising and unfair competition claims between competitors in court and we litigate false advertising consumer class actions for business.

We have advised on FTC compliance, including COPPA and GLB, mobile marketing, prepaid and stored value cards and promotions, sweepstakes and contests, as well as the right of publicity and social media issues.

From reviewing advertising for compliance purposes to advising companies on compliance implications of particular product launches to handling disputes with consumers or regulatory agencies, including the DMV and the FTC, arising from advertising, promotions and sweepstakes, the firm knows how to provide effective legal assistance to clients in this area.

Financial services law

Attorneys with Scali Rasmussen have represented banks, finance companies and other financial institutions in handling disputes over secured loans, including collection on secured instruments, marshaling of assets, commercial reasonableness and notice issues. Our attorneys have litigated these claims in arbitral forums, in court and in bankruptcy proceedings. Additionally, we have advised our clients in connection with:

  • Regulatory initiatives and legislation
  • Stored-value card programs
  • OFAC counseling
  • Capital-related issues
  • Privacy law compliance
  • Outsourcing

Franchising

Attorneys at Scali Rasmussen have represented franchised businesses for over 15 years and have advised businesses on creating, maintaining and terminating franchises. Additionally, our attorneys have litigated franchise disputes from anti-trust disputes, to franchise terminations, additions and relocations, as well as, franchisor audit disputes.

Dealer advocates against the factory

We advocate and negotiate on behalf of dealers involving disputes with a franchisor or “factory.” If necessary, we prosecute or defend Protests and Petitions filed with the California New Motor Vehicle Board. These actions include relocations, “add points” and terminations, as well as actions in which the factory attempts to impose chargebacks after a warranty or incentive audit.

When factories attempt to impose unreasonable facility demands on dealers, including providing new or exclusive sales and service facilities, committing to new signage and remodeling and/or relocating the dealership to a larger, more visible location, we advise dealers on their rights and assist them in protecting their rights and investment.

When factories attempt to “build a record” of poor sales performance or below average CSI scores and attempt to impose an amendment or addendum to your agreement requiring you to meet minimum sales and/or CSI performance indices in a given period of time, we advise dealers on their rights and obligations to best position themselves and protect their interests.

When factories “notice the market” about a change in market representation, e.g., establishment of a new dealership of the same line-make in an area serviced by a dealer, and the new dealership may severely damage business, we advise dealers on their rights and the deadlines to respond.

When factories suggest that a dealer’s chosen successor or proposed buyer will not be approved, we advise our dealer clients on whether and how to challenge that decision and how to best position themselves.

When factories conduct warranty audits and state that they intend to charge back significant sums of money as a result of alleged discrepancies purportedly uncovered in the audit, we advise dealers on how to protect themselves against improper chargebacks.

When a dealer receives a notice of termination, we advise dealers on their rights and chances of success on a Protest of that action. Should a dealer decide to challenge the decision, we fight the factory with a specialized team tailored for the success of that case.

We advise dealers on their rights when the factory fails to provide adequate or reasonable allocation of vehicles or attempts to “dump” vehicles on a dealer.