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July 28, 2016 - Industry News

New York AG Suing Staten Island Dealer Group for Payment Packing

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman's crackdown on payment packing continues. Today, he announced a lawsuit against two Staten Island dealerships owned by SG Hylan Motors Corp.: Staten Island Honda and Staten Island Nissan.

Tags: Attorney General, Deceptive Practices, Eric T Schneiderman, Lawsuit, payment packing

July 14, 2016 - Industry News

Missouri Dealer Fined $38,067 for Failing to Provide Vehicle Titles

A Missouri dealer has agreed to pay $38,067 in restitution to 23 former customers to settle the state attorney general's charges that he and his dealership did not provide vehicle titles and did not honor repair agreements. The dealer is also prohibited from operating a dealership for five years.

Tags: Attorney General, Consumer Laws, Deceptive Practices, Missouri

July 5, 2016 - Industry News

FTC Announces Significant Hike to Civil Penalty Maximums

Violations of the Federal Trade Commission’s prohibition on unfair or deceptive acts or practices are going to get more expensive come Aug. 1. That’s when the commission’s interim final rule aimed at increasing a variety of civil penalties takes effect.

Tags: compliance, Deceptive Practices, Federal Trade Commission

June 28, 2016 - Industry News

Former Nissan Dealer to Pay $101,986 for Deceptive Practices

About 119 former customers of Saratoga Springs Nissan who were charged illegal fees and sold F&I products without their knowledge will share in $101,986 in restitution, according to the settlement reached between the dealership's former owner and the New York Attorney General's Office.

Tags: Attorney General, Crime, Deceptive Advertising, Deceptive Practices

April 21, 2016 - Industry News

Four N.Y. Dealers Ordered to Pay Nearly $2 Million to Settle Payment Packing Charges

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman’s initiative to end dealer “jamming,” or payment packing, has resulted in four separate settlements with four dealer groups. They agreed to return nearly $2 million in restitution to nearly 5,000 consumers and $174,000 in penalties and costs to the state.

Tags: Attorney General, Dealer Groups, Deceptive Practices, New York, Settlements

January 21, 2016 - Industry News

CFPB: BHPH Dealer to Pay $800,000 for Abusive Financing Practices

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has taken action against Herbies Auto Sales for abusive financing schemes, hiding auto finance charges and misleading consumers. The buy-here, pay-here operation was ordered to pay $700,000 in restitution and a civil penalty of $100,000.

Tags: buy-here, CFPB, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Deceptive Practices, fine, pay-here

October 19, 2015 - Industry News

New York Dealer Claims Autotrader Inflated Views of Vehicle Listings

The law firm representing dealers in lawsuits filed against TrueCar and Carfax filed suit against Autotrader last week. This time, the firm is representing a New York-based dealer group that claims the site inflated page views its vehicle listings received over a five-year period.

Tags: Autotrader, Bellavia Blatt, Deceptive Practices

December 2, 2014 - Industry News

Ga. Supreme Court Gives Go-Ahead in Fraud Suit Against Dealer

The Georgia Supreme Court ruled unanimously that a customer of Payless Auto Deals could proceed with his fraud claim against the dealership and one of its salespeople for selling him a damaged vehicle.

Tags: Carfax Report, Deceptive Practices, Lawsuit

July 15, 2014 - Industry News

Owners of 8 N.J. Dealerships Reach $1.8M Settlement For Deceptive Practices

In addition to paying civil penalties and reimbursements to the state, the owners of the dealerships must work to resolve 45 consumer complaints. This is the second such settlement the dealers have reached with the state.

Tags: Deceptive Advertising, Deceptive Practices, New Jersey, Settlement

May 7, 2014 - Industry News

FTC Approves Final Consent Orders Against 10 Dealers

The FTC has approved final consent orders involving the deceptive advertising practices of 10 dealerships. The cases were part of Operation Steer Clear, a nationwide sweep focusing on misleading advertising.

Tags: Deceptive Advertising, Deceptive Practices, Federal Trade Commission, Truth in Lending Act

March 25, 2014 - Industry News

N.Y. Attorney General Settles With 6 Dealers for Deceptive Ads

As part of the settlement, the six dealerships must reform their advertising practices and pay fines of up to $15,000. A seventh dealer was served with a statutory notice of the attorney general’s intention to file a lawsuit.

Tags: Attorney General, Deceptive Advertising, Deceptive Practices, New York, rebates

January 14, 2014 - Industry News

DOJ Charges N.C. Dealers With Credit Discrimination

A joint complaint filed in North Carolina alleges buy-here, pay-here dealerships targeted African-American customers for unfair and predatory credit practices that violated federal and state law.

Tags: Deceptive Practices, Department of Justice, discrimination, Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), North Carolina, U.S. Attorney

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