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March 29, 2016

FTC Seeks Court Order Against Volkswagen for Deceptive Advertising

The Federal Trade Commission is seeking a court order against Volkswagen that would require the manufacturer to compensate American consumers who bought or leased a vehicle equipped emissions cheat software. Volkswagen has also been granted an extension to come up with a detailed plan to recall 600,000 affected diesel vehicles.

March 4, 2016

4 Social Media Landmines

Dealership expert identifies four common landmines dealers run into when marketing on social media, and offers recommendations for staying out of the crosshairs of regulators.

March 2, 2016

Tom Hudson Joins Dealer Summit Roster

Prominent consumer finance attorney Thomas B. Hudson will be at Dealer Summit this May to discuss how regulators have changed the business model for special finance and buy-here, pay-here operations.

February 2, 2016

F&I Think Tank Adds Top Compliance Experts

Six of the industry’s top compliance experts will be at the Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel to lead a 20 Group-like session on compliance. Aside from fielding questions from attendees, the group will tackle some pervasive regulatory myths surrounding the F&I office.

January 28, 2016

GM, Jim Koons and Lithia Settle FTC’s Complaints Regarding CPO Claims

The regulator said the three companies agreed to settle its charges that they failed to disclose that some certified pre-owned vehicles were subject to open and unrepaired safety recalls despite claims of rigorous inspections in advertisements.

January 21, 2016

Dealertrack Releases 2016 Dealertrack Compliance Guide

The new edition contains new federal laws that have gone into effect this year. It also contains instructions on how dealers can implement a compliance management system, among other features.

December 11, 2015

'Tis the Season to Count Our Blessings

The AFIP’s executive director gives thanks to the regulators and the regulations they enforce. He explains why dealers should do the same.

November 24, 2015

Ohio Dealers Settle FTC’s Deceptive Advertising Charges

The FTC announced this week that it has reached an agreement with two Ohio dealers to settle charges that their lease advertisements violated the FTC Act and the Consumer Leasing Act’s Regulation M.

September 15, 2015

FTC Official Releases 7 Deadly Sins of Dealer Advertising

Ahead of her appearance at the Innovate 2015 conference, the FTC official who led Operation Ruse Control has released a list of advertising sins that have put dealers on her regulatory radar.

August 13, 2015

FTC Closes Antitrust Case Against Dealers, TrueCar Says

In a regulatory filing this week, TrueCar said it considers a federal antitrust case against dealers to be closed. The FTC was looking into whether dealers refusing to do business with the car-shopping site back in 2011 and 2012 violated the FTC Act.