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Colombo & Colombo

Michigan Attorneys Since 1905

During the course of more than 112 years, our firm has evolved into one of the most respected law firms in the state of Michigan – specifically in the area of auto dealer law. The attorneys of Colombo & Colombo provide legal assistance to thousands of clients throughout Michigan as well as referrals from other states.

Our Mission

Our main goal is to help our clients solve problems and seize opportunities. We have committed ourselves to understanding our clients, their personal and business needs and the competitive and regulatory pressures under which they operate. Fundamentals count. We focus our efforts on helping our clients achieve their objectives. We combine our legal knowledge with clear thinking and apply both common sense and creative problem solving to their needs.

Through hard work and our efforts to provide clients with quality service, we have been selected by peer review as a Martindale-Hubbell AV-rated firm. The AV ranking is the highest level of excellence. We invite you to explore the many advantages our law firm has to offer. Our staff would gladly assist you by arranging a consultation with one of our lawyers. Through a personal consultation, you may discuss your legal concerns and see how we can benefit your interests. Please call our firm at 248-645-9300 or contact us online.

Recent News

Social Host Liability
Office parties can present a whole “host” of liabilities for dealers, regardless of whether they are scheduled to celebrate the holidays, improve employee morale, or serve as an opportunity for employees to socialize with one another outside of the workplace. As discussed in our previous Notice to Dealers, this is even more true today as employee behavior everywhere has come under increased scrutiny because of recent high-profile workplace incidents…Click here to view full article.

Colombo & Colombo Attorneys Featured at Auto Dealers Conference Hosted by the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA)
Charles LeFevre and Eric Bowden were featured presenters during a Spotlight session titled, “Dealership Legalese and Current Cases”, at the recent 2017 MICPA Automotive Dealers conference at the Laurel Manor in Livonia, Michigan.

LeFevre and Bowden discussed current legal issues impacting dealers throughout the state of Michigan including:

  • The status of the Tesla lawsuit and Tesla’s desire to have certain provisions of the Michigan franchise law declared unconstitutional.
  • Wage and hour laws as it relates to overtime and dealership pay plans.
  • How sales effectiveness impacts the dealer principal’s ability to transfer a dealership to a family member.
  • The interplay between FMLA and the ADA any why they create a trap that dealerships must be aware of before taking any employment actions.

Case Summary: Recovered Revenue and Summary Disposition
In a case involving an auto dealership client, a purchaser of a new truck flooded the engine on the date he took possession of the vehicle. The purchaser then canceled the $20,000 down payment check given to the dealership as part of the purchase. Colombo attorney Nicholas Ranke represented the dealership in a law suit filed to collect the canceled payment for breach of contract. Mr. Ranke also represented the dealership in defending the counterclaims filed by the purchaser, who alleged fraud and breach of warranty against the dealership. Mr. Ranke successfully exposed the baseless nature of the purchaser’s counterclaims and was able to secure both a money judgment in favor of the dealership and the dismissal of all the purchaser’s counterclaims in summary fashion, without the need for a trial. Mr. Ranke was also able to secure the reimbursement of the dealership’s attorney fees from the plaintiff.

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