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March 23, 2017 - Industry News

N.Y.’s Major World Charged with Predatory Sales and Finance Practices

The Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) has filed charges against Queens-based Major World and its three used-vehicle dealerships for allegedly employing deceptive financing and sales practices that targeted low-income and immigrant consumers.

Tags: Deceptive Advertising, Department of Consumer Affairs, fraud, Major World, powerbooking

December 19, 2016 - Industry News

CarMax, Asbury, West-Herr Automotive Settle FTC Recall Advertising Charges

The three retailers agreed to settle FTC charges that they touted rigorous inspections while failing to disclose that some vehicles were subject to unrepaired safety recalls. The FTC also finalizes orders against GM and two other sellers in similar cases settled earlier this year.

Tags: Asbury Automotive, CarMax, Deceptive Advertising, Federal Trade Commission, vehicle recall, West-Herr Automotive

September 29, 2016 - Industry News

Nine-Store Los Angeles Group Charged With Payment Packing, Yo-Yo Financing

The Federal Trade Commission today charged nine Los Angeles-area dealerships and their owners with a wide range of deceptive, and unfair sales and financing practices, including payment packing and using "yo-yo" finanicng tactics.

Tags: compliance, Dealership, Deceptive Advertising, FTC, Regulation M, Regulation Z, TILA

August 19, 2016 - Industry News

Texas Dealers Agree to Pay $85,000 for Deceptive Advertising

Three Dallas-area dealerships have agreed to pay $85,000 to settle charges that they violated a 2014 Federal Trade Commission (FTC) administrative order that barred them from deceptively advertising the cost of buying or leasing a car.

Tags: CLA, Deceptive Advertising, FTC, Regulation M, Regulation Z, Settlement, TILA

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

January 28, 2016 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Deceptive Advertising, Federal Trade Commission, FTC, General Motors, Jim Koons Automotive, Lithia Motors

November 24, 2015 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Consumer Leasing Act, Deceptive Advertising, FTC, FTC Act, Regulation M

October 30, 2015 - Industry News

Calif. DMV Puts Tesla Motors on Notice

In response to the state dealer association’s claims that Tesla Motors is in violation of state and federal advertising laws, the state DMV issued a warning to electric vehicle makers about adhering to such laws.

Tags: advertising, California New Car Dealers Association, Deceptive Advertising, DMV, Regulation Z, Tesla, Tesla Motors

September 29, 2015 - Industry News

Fifth Third Bank to Cap Dealer Markups

The CFPB and DOJ announced two actions against Fifth Third Bank on Monday, one of which requires the finance source to pay $18 million in restitution to minority auto loan borrowers, as well as limit its dealer partners’ ability to markup interest rates on auto loans.

Tags: Auto Lending, CFPB, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Deceptive Advertising, Department of Justice, discrimination, Fifth Third, Fifth Third Bank

September 22, 2015 - Industry News

W.Va. Dealer to Pay $80,000 Penalty to FTC

Ramey Motors has agreed to settle a Federal Trade Commission lawsuit filed last year, which claimed the dealership violated the terms of a 2012 consent order that barred it from deceptively advertising the cost of buying or leasing cars.

Tags: Civil Penalties, Deceptive Advertising, Federal Trade Commission

September 15, 2015 - Industry News

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.

Tags: advertising violations, Deceptive Advertising, Federal Trade Commission, FTC, UDAP

July 14, 2015 - Industry News

N.Y. AG Announces Two Actions Against Dealers

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced two separate actions this week against a 22-store dealer group and a Hyundai dealership, both related to deceptive advertising practices.

Tags: Attorney General, compliance, Deceptive Advertising, New York, Settlement

June 30, 2015 - Industry News

Two Las Vegas Dealers Settle FTC Charges

Two auto dealers in Las Vegas agreed to settle FTC charges that they used deceptive ads to promote the sale or leasing of their vehicles, including advertising heavily discounted prices that were not generally available to consumers.

Tags: Deceptive Advertising, Federal Trade Commission, Settlement

June 18, 2015 - Industry News

N.J. Dealerships to Pay $135,000 Settlement

The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs has reached a $135,000 settlement with Bergen Auto Enterprises, which does business as Wayne Mazda and Wayne Auto Mall Hyundai. The dealerships were accused of engaging in deceptive business and advertising practices.

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

June 2, 2015 - Industry News

FTC Approves Final Consent Orders in Two Deceptive Ad Cases

The Federal Trade Commission has approved final consent orders which prohibit Jim Burke Nissan of Birmingham, Ala., and Ross Nissan of El Monte, Calif., from deceptively advertising the sale, financing and leasing of their vehicles.

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

May 1, 2015 - Industry News

Texas DMV Halts Plan to Fine Dealers With CarGurus Listings

The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles Enforcement Division has pulled back on its plan to fine dealers with listings on CarGurus.com after the department and the shopping site discussed revisions to CarGurus’ advertising practices in a call yesterday.

Tags: CarGurus, Deceptive Advertising, DMV, online shoppers, Texas, Texas Automobile Dealers Association

April 30, 2015 - Industry News

Texas Dealers Could Face Fines Over CarGurus’ Business Practices

Dealers could face fines over CarGurus' advertising practices. At issue is the way the company lists used-car prices on its site, including projected savings below market value and price drops.

Last week, the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles Enforcement Division issued a cease-and-desist letter to CarGurus and the state’s dealer association, threatening dealers with fines up to $10,000 a day if the shopping site does not revise its advertising practices.

Tags: CarGurus, Deceptive Advertising, DMV, fine, Texas

April 21, 2015 - Industry News

Dealer Fined $50K for Deceptive Ads Targeting Military

A Tennessee dealership accused of using deceptive advertising to target service members will be required to pay a $50,000 fine and change its advertising practices.

Tags: Attorney General, consumer protection, Deceptive Advertising, military loans

February 17, 2015 - Industry News

FTC Approves Final Order in Texas Auto Dealer’s Deceptive Ad Case

The FTC unanimously approved a final order settling its deceptive advertising complaint against Dallas-based Trophy Nissan, which was charged on Dec. 23 with violating the FTC Act, the Consumer Leasing Act and the Truth in Lending Act.

Tags: Consumer Leasing Act, Deceptive Advertising, Federal Trade Commission, Regulation M, Regulation Z, Trophy Nissan, Truth in Lending Act

December 12, 2014 - Industry News

FTC Takes Action Against Two Dealer Groups for Deceptive Advertising

The FTC took action against two dealer groups it targeted in 2012 for deceptive advertising. They were charged with violating the FTC's orders prohibiting them from deceptively advertising the cost of financing or leasing a car.

Tags: Deceptive Advertising, Department of Justice, Federal Trade Commission, Truth in Lending Act

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

June 26, 2014 - Industry News

11 Consumer Groups Ask FTC to Crack Down on CarMax

A coalition of consumer-protection groups asked the FTC to investigate CarMax for selling recalled vehicles. CarMax officials claim the chain is doing the best it can with a broken system.

Tags: CarMax, consumer advocates, Deceptive Advertising, Federal Trade Commission, Recall

June 19, 2014 - Industry News

Dealerships to Pay $175K For Deceptive Ads

Four affiliated dealerships in western Massachusetts have agreed to pay $175,000 over six months to resolve allegations that they regularly published misleading advertising and failed to follow through on sales prices and promotions.

Tags: Attorney General, Deceptive Advertising, fine, Massachusetts

May 13, 2014 - Industry News

FTC Approves Deceptive Advertising Settlement

The FTC has approved final consent orders settling charges that Nissan North America Inc. and an advertising agency deceptively advertised a Nissan Frontier truck pushing a dune buggy up a steep hill, something the truck cannot do.

Tags: Deceptive Advertising, Federal Trade Commission, Nissan, Settlement

March 27, 2014 - Industry News

Mass. Dealer Settles With FTC Over Deceptive Ads

After the FTC discovered that it was not disclosing substantial fees in its advertising, Courtesy Auto Group is now barred from stating the amount of any payment in its ads without disclosing the terms.

Tags: Deceptive Advertising, Federal Trade Commission, FTC, Settlement

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