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Lawsuit

September 2017, Auto Dealer Today - Feature

Oink, Oink

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By Thomas B. Hudson, Esq.

Can damages exist without evidence? Hudson retells the story of a New Jersey dealer who stood up to charges of concealing a salvage title — and won.

Tags: CFPB, Lawsuit, Legal, training

August 2017, Auto Dealer Today - Feature

Lift Kits and Warranties

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By Thomas B. Hudson, Esq.

An FCA dealer successfully fought charges of a Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act violation.

Tags: Deceptive Practices, Lawsuit, Legal, warranty

January 2017, Auto Dealer Today - Feature

Nude Photos as Bargaining Chips?

By Thomas B. Hudson, Esq.

A lawsuit against a Georgia dealership claims a disagreement over a trade-in led to a misguided attempt at blackmail.

Tags: Lawsuit, social media

November 2016, Auto Dealer Today - Feature

The Lawsuit Ticking Behind You

By James S. Ganther, Esq.

Unguarded customer data is a reliable source of income for identity thieves and a largely underestimated threat to auto dealers.

Tags: Cyber Security, data protection, FTC, Lawsuit

July 2016, Auto Dealer Today - Feature

Dealer ‘Clipped’ for $2.4 Million

There is no law against welding two undamaged vehicles together, but attempting to hide the "new" vehicle's history can cause more trouble than it's worth.

By Thomas B. Hudson, Esq.

A South Carolina dealer learned the hard way that concealing damage to a used vehicle can result in costs that far outweigh its value.

Tags: Lawsuit, Legal, used vehicles

May 2016, Auto Dealer Today - Feature

Zombie Arbitration Agreements

By Thomas B. Hudson, Esq.

A Georgia case proves the wisdom of a periodic review of your dealership’s forms.

Tags: arbitration agreements, Lawsuit, Legal

July 2013, Auto Dealer Today - Feature

Failure To Sign

Thomas B. Hudson is a partner in the law firm of Hudson Cook LLP.  THudson@AutoDealerMonthly.com

By Thomas B. Hudson

A Georgia dealer dodged a legal bullet after management failed to sign a document, but there was no escaping the cost of defending the matter in court.

Tags: arbitration agreements, documentation, implied warranty, Lawsuit, legally binding, warranty, you review your closing processes and training mat

May 2013, Auto Dealer Today - Feature

All Show, No Go

Thomas B. Hudson is a partner in the law firm of Hudson Cook LLP.

By Thomas B. Hudson, Esq.

The magazine’s legal eagle uses another dealer-targeted lawsuit to encourage dealerships to ‘walk the walk’ when it comes to their privacy policies.

Tags: Audit, consumer complaints, Deceptive Practices, F&I manager, Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, identity theft, Lawsuit, privacy policy, privacy violations, Safeguards Rule

February 2013, Auto Dealer Today - Feature

Fraud? Maybe Not

By Tom Hudson

The magazine's legal expert takes a look at a recent case involving what his lawyer buddies call "common law fraud," and explains why promises made by salespeople can be a tricky affair.

Tags: Carfax, Carfax Report, contracts, court, Deceptive Practices, fraud, Lawsuit, special finance

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