Jonathan RudnickManaging Partner, founder consumer attorney Tinton Falls New Jersey
The average client has numerous questions and is/are trying to determine whether you should sue a car dealership. This is not always an easy decision. There is both a monetary investment and a time investment. Lawyers do this for a living. Lawyers are in court every day taking depositions and doing other things relating to litigation. The average consumer cannot do this nor is the average consumer able to do this type of litigation. Jonathan Rudnick understands this as he has represented thousands of consumers over the years in consumer litigation cases. These cases range from suing car dealerships (prior damage claims) home contractors and banks. However, the underlying concept is very basic. The average consumer, client has only a limited amount of money and a limited amount of time invested litigation. Mr. Rudnick understands this as he has extensive experience in representing these individuals.
The Consumer Fraud Act in New Jersey can be complicated and fraught with difficulties if not handled properly. There are many laws and regulations that apply to car dealerships and other businesses. Mr. Rudnick has significant experience in addressing the interplay of the regulations, Common Law and the practical implications of the automotive industry and their business practices. He has significant experience in advertising violations. He has significant experience in deceptive business practices including selling damaged cars, selling salvage cars, selling cars with no issues.
The following listing of cases is but a summary of the type of cases that Mr. Rudnick has handled over the years. Within each of these various types of law there are numerous types of sub cases however the below list are our general types of cases that Mr. Rudnick litigates.
- Lemon Law - new and used cars
- Consumer Fraud - Consumer Fraud Act
- Deceptive Practices (UDAP)
- Dealership Fraud and auto industry fraud
- Auto Fraud for consumers
- Class Actions
- Consumer Class Actions mostly auto industry
- Employee wage class actions against dealerships
- Pay Plan litigation in the auto industry for employees
- Breach of Warranty against vehicle manufacturer
- Fraud of all types
- Legal fraud of all types
- Consumer Arbitration against car dealerships
He was co-class counsel on the case of Dellapietro v. Sansone Auto Mall, alleging the overcharge of title and registration fees. Primary class counsel in that case was Mike Coren of Levy Angstreich, one of the leading class action firms in the nation.
He has been admitted in other states to litigate single cases such as a employee wage class action in Arkansas and is currently admitted for class actions in Illinois and Maryland
Settlements in all the consumer fraud class action litigation would be in to the millions. He receives referrals from other attorneys throughout the State of New Jersey, northeast, as well as nationwide.
Previously a member of the National Association of Consumer Advocates, an organization dedicating to lobbying, protecting and otherwise assisting consumers with their rights pertaining to deceptive business practices. They have yearly meetings and seminars, which he ordinarily attends. He has attended consumer rights seminars in Baltimore, Washington, San Diego, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Washington and Boston.
He has lectured lawyers in the context the Institute of Continuing Legal Education on many consumer issues. He lectured specifically on the issue of auto fraud before Legal Services of New Jersey in 2002 and attended the federal odometer fraud conference in Seattle in 1999. He has been faculty at Law Line.com for continuing legal education.
He has been a member of the State Bar and served on the Consumer Law Committee since its creation in 2002. He was appointed by the Honorable Judge Waldman, Superior Court, Freehold, New Jersey, when he was President of the Monmouth County Bar Association. This committee is dedicated to the furtherance of consumer-related legislation proposed by politicians. It comments and prepares legislative positions on all relevant consumer-related issues.
He also is on the faculty at lawline.com, for which viewers receive ICLE credit for viewing the online lectures. The classes are "How to Sue a Car Dealership and "Discovery in a Case Against a Car Dealership." The following is a comment form the users at lawline.Jonathan. Rudnick as a consumer litigator and as a consumer advocate has significant experience litigating cases and specifically in the automotive industry. Both vehicle owners and dealership employees have relied upon Mr. Rudnick to make claims against the dealership for whom he purchased the car or for whom they worked.
Jonathan Rudnick can address the most difficult questions from clients and courts to explain what can be a very complicated area of law. Sometimes it is difficult understand the level of complexity in these consumer fraud and employment cases against the any dealership. Sometimes expert witnesses are needed to litigate these cases against car dealerships whether an employment wage claim or whether it is a consumer fraud claim. Jonathan Rudnick has extensive resources upon which you can use litigating this case is against car dealerships. Sometimes it calls for an expert witness. Sometimes it calls for a fact witness. Sometimes it calls for a unique argument to be made against the dealership and a wage claim or a consumer fraud claim. However, it is his experience in the automotive industry which permits him to delve into the dealership's intent and the common dealership practices when implementing any strategies pertaining to salesman for consumers who might be buying a car.
There are various parts of a lawsuit including sending interrogatories, taking depositions and trying cases. All of these various areas of the lawsuit, for a consumer litigator, consumer attorney requires extensive experience to understand the weaknesses of the defendant's position. In order to exploit the weaknesses of a car dealership and understand how they think it is imperative that some basic discovery be undertaken to determine dealership's intent on either a transaction or with regard to their employment agreement. In the automotive industry there are some things that an experienced litigator looks for when representing either an employee or consumer. The starting point in litigation on consumer case is the deal jacket for the transactional file. The starting point for an employee case with regard to disputing wages is the pay plan and the backstreet or the deal recaptures. These are both areas which the dealership evidence is there intent under transaction or an employee or employee relationship.
In the New Jersey consumer can rely upon representations from the seller. The seller is required to know what they were selling. Under many circumstances the law does not required any intent for a consumer to maintain a claim.
J.D., Pace Law School, 1990
B.S., Finance, Indiana University, 1987
New York, 1990
New Jersey State Bar Association
Member Since: 2001
National Association of Consumer Advocates
Member Since: 1998
New Jersey State Bar Consumer Committee
Member Since: 2001
Monmouth County Bar Association Trustee
Member Since: 1996 - 2004