Executive Suite: Leonard Bellavia, Mineola

Newsday’s Executive Suite column features Leonard Bellavia, founding partner of Bellavia, Blatt, Andron & Crossett PC, in Mineola. Mr. Bellavia describes how he got into the business of practicing franchise law and answers questions on auto dealer legalities and how to be recognized in today’s large pool of lawyers.

Dealers call Tesla factory stores illegal

After opening several stores without much pushback, Elon Musk’s ambition to replicate the Apple experience in Tesla factory stores is now facing potential roadblocks. Dealer associations in a handful of states, and state regulators in at least one case, say Tesla’s stores violate state franchise laws that prohibit factory ownership of dealerships. Electric-vehicle maker Tesla…

Leonard A. Bellavia Will Be a Speaker at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Independent Automobile Dealer Associations (“MARIADA”) Conference September 9, 2012

Leonard A. Bellavia of Bellavia Gentile & Associates will be speaking about “Dealership Law & Business Operations Compliance” on September 9, 2012. MARIADA Conference – Dealer Education & Training Conference. When & Where: Sunday and Monday, September 9 and 10, 2012, at Trump Taj Mahal Resort, Atlantic City, New Jersey. PIADA is accepting registrations for…

Reuther family rebuilds business while pursuing justice

Janet Reuther-Schopp doesn’t like to remember what happened to Reuther Automotive Group three years ago this week. Her family’s 53-relationship with the Chrysler and Jeep brands came to an abrupt end during Chrysler’s government-orchestrated bankruptcy. Thinking about it still makes Reuther-Schopp sad and angry, so she’d rather talk about the positive things that have happened…

CAR ASSOCIATION SEMINAR SERIES

PRESENTER: LEN BELLAVIA, ESQ. – PARTNER, BELLAVIA GENTILE & ASSOCIATES DATE: FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2012 TIME: 9:00 AM – 12:00 NOON LOCATION: ROCKY HILL MARRIOTT DOWNLOAD REGISTRATION PDF In May of 2009 the Franchise Protection Act became law – this act greatly enhances the protections the franchise law affords Connecticut’s dealers. Our law ensures that…

Terminated Dealers’ Legal Fight ‘Unique’

It is billed as a one-of-a-kind legal issue, but as with many court proceedings it is becoming one thing after another. The issue centers on suits filed by Chrysler and General Motors dealers who lost their franchises in 2009. They contend their constitutional rights were violated when the auto makers dropped retailers as part of…