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Anthony E. Bush

Member

Overview

Tony Bush has substantial commercial litigation and regulatory experience with an emphasis on issues affecting the automotive industry. His clients include operators of wholesale motor vehicle auctions, auto dealerships, finance companies, floor plan lenders, wholesale auto parts distributors,  lessors, and auto body repair facilities. Tony represents clients in corporate and consumer litigation including class actions, regulatory compliance,  business counseling, employment matters, land use matters and franchise disputes, before the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission and New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety, Division of Consumer Affairs, and in legislative and regulatory issues that impact the automotive industry.

Tony served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Leo Yanoff, Judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Law Division, Essex County

Representative Matters

  • Successfully recovered millions of dollars on behalf of creditors in dozens of cases in state and federal courts by way of orders to show cause with temporary restraints pending orders of turnover.
  • Recovered over $700,000 in collateral consisting of motor vehicles and cash and approximately $30,000 in fees and costs after temporary restraints entered and prior to defendants filing an answer to the complaint.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of wholesale auto auction dismissing Consumer Fraud Act claims because the court found the act not applicable to wholesale transactions occurring at an auction and barred by the hold harmless and indemnity provisions of the parties’ agreement that was found valid and enforceable.
  • Successfully represented manufacturer of fire apparatus in suit seeking permanent injunctive relief and damages under the Federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, misappropriation of trade secrets, and alleging tortious interference with prospective economic advantage.
  • Obtained summary judgment in two matters based upon findings that the Federal Communications Decency Act grants complete immunity to interactive computer service providers.    One client was an online listing service sued by a buyer where a seller allegedly perpetrated a fraud and the other a transporter for hire online platform connecting transporters and vehicle shippers.
  • Represent automobile dealerships and driving schools on suspension and termination matters before the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission.
  • Obtained through two separate applications municipal approvals for installation of rooftop, detention basin, and carport-based solar panels. The combined production of energy equates to enough to power 12-15 typical homes.
  • Obtained summary judgment, which was reversed on appeal prior to prevailing at trial, in only reported New Jersey decision interpreting “as is” contract term.
  • Won a defense verdict at trial on behalf of auction defendant that it was entitled to inventory and proceeds in the possession of a car dealer that acquired vehicles from a debtor of auction because the transactions did not occur in a commercially reasonable manner.
  • Successfully obtained relief from the automatic bankruptcy stay and then summary judgment on behalf of a creditor prior to recovering $225,000 in part by levying on funds held by a debtor’s criminal defense lawyer for his benefit in his attorney’s trust account.
  • Successfully represented purchaser of shopping center in suit seeking temporary restraints and specific performance compelling property owner to execute final agreed upon contract for sale and to convey property to plaintiff.
  • Provide business counseling to clients dealing with state motor vehicle and taxation agencies.
  • Provide general corporate counseling.

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Professional Affiliations

  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • New Jersey Independent Auto Dealers Association, Board Member (February 2015-present)

Community Involvement

  • Lower Makefield Township (PA) Planning Commission, Member and three-time Chair (2006-2014, 2019-current)
  • Member Bucks County Free Library Board (2020-current)
  • Member of the endowment committee for a local religious organization
  • Successfully served as Campaign Chair for a Pennsylvania State Representative
  • Congregation Kol Emet, Executive Board Member, (June 2013 – June 2018)

Awards and Recognition:

  • Cited for contributing to the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission’s Strategies for Excellence, September 2007.

News and Insights

Publications

Media Coverage

Speaking Engagements

  • Mid-Year Review of Legislation that Can Impact your Dealership,” presented for the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance, June 5, 2017.
  • “Dealing with Regulatory Challenges and Legislative Issues,” presenter at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Independent Automobile Dealers Association Conference, November 2016.
  • “Regulatory Compliance, Enforcement, and Legislative Trends that impact car dealers,” presented at the Middle Atlantic Region Independent Auto Dealers Association’s annual convention, September 2015.
  • “Mid-Year Review of New Jersey Legal Trends That Can Impact Your Dealership,” NJ Independent Auto Dealers Association Compliance Conference, June 2015.
  • “Compliance Enforcement, Focus and Trends,” Middle Atlantic Region Independent Auto Dealers Association’s annual convention, September 2014.