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December 14, 2016 - Industry News

Mass Action Lawsuit Against Carfax Dismissed

The $350 million mass action lawsuit against Carfax, which listed nearly 500 dealers and stalled the sale of its parent company R.L. Polk & Co. before its eventual sale to IHS three years ago, has been dismissed.

Tags: Carfax, Lawsuit

December 8, 2016 - Industry News

New York AG Settles Two Payment Packing Suits for $1.6 Million

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman’s crackdown on payment packing continues. Last week, the New York regulator announced settlements with SG Hyland Motors Corp. of Staten Island and Best Auto Outlet of Floral Park, which will collectively pay $1.6 million in restitution to more than 2,300 victims of their alleged deceptive sales tactics.

Tags: Attorney General, Eric T Schneiderman, Lawsuit, New York, Settlement

October 27, 2016 - Industry News

Florida Dealer Sues Competitor For Selling Vehicles With Takata Airbags

A Florida dealer who has ceased selling Takata airbag-equipped cars is now suing a competitor for failing to disclose to consumers that vehicles on his lot are equipped with the defective airbag.

Tags: dealer, Disclosures, Florida, Lawsuit, Takata

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

April 7, 2016 - Industry News

Dealer Group Files Class Action Lawsuit Against Volkswagen

A family-owned dealer group has filed a class action lawsuit against Volkswagen for intentionally defrauding dealers by installing defeat devices in its diesel cars. The dealer group is also claiming that Volkswagen separately carried out an illegal pricing and allocation scheme that favored some dealers over others.

Tags: Diesel, Lawsuit, Volkswagen, Volkswagen Scandal

September 28, 2015 - Industry News

Santander Faces Class-Action Over ‘Worthless’ GAP Coverage

A woman who says she was duped into purchasing “void and worthless” GAP coverage has filed a class action suit against the finance source on behalf of Illinois customers who have signed similar contracts.

Tags: Disclosures, F&I products, GAP, Lawsuit, Santander Consumer USA, Truth in Lending Act

September 16, 2015 - Industry News

Chrysler Dealer Lawsuit Against U.S. Government to Go Forward

A lawsuit alleging that the U.S. government acted illegally when it required Chrysler to close down 789 dealerships in order to be eligible for funding from the Troubled Asset Relief Program will be allowed to move forward, a judge ruled last week.

Tags: Bellavia Blatt, Chrysler, impact of the Great Recession, Lawsuit, Leonard Bellavia, TARP, Troubled Asset Relief Program

September 3, 2015 - Industry News

Dealer Group Accuses Maserati of Inflating Sales Numbers

A New York-based dealer group has filed a $200 million lawsuit against Maserati, claiming that the OEM inflated sales numbers and rewarded dealers who participated in its illegal schemes.

Tags: Bellavia Blatt, compliance, Lawsuit, manufacturer incentives, Maserati

August 13, 2015 - Industry News

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.

Tags: antitrust, Brian Maas, California New Car Dealers Association, CNCDA, Federal Trade Commission, FTC, Lawsuit, TrueCar

August 12, 2015 - Industry News

Ohio AG Sues Used-Car Dealer for Title Violations

AMG Auto Connection and its owner are accused of violating Ohio’s Certificate of Motor Vehicle Title Act after the dealership failed to deliver a car title in the time frame required by law.

Tags: Attorney General, compliance, Lawsuit, Mike DeWine, Ohio, Ohio Attorney general, vehicle title

August 4, 2015 - Industry News

Firm Suing TrueCar Files Second Mass Action Lawsuit

The firm that filed a mass action lawsuit against TrueCar in March has filed a second suit against the car-shopping site, this time on behalf of current TrueCar subscribers.

Tags: Bellavia Blatt, broker, California New Car Dealers Association, CNCDA, Deceptive Practices, Lawsuit, Leonard Bellavia, TrueCar

July 28, 2015 - Industry News

N.J. Consumer Affairs Division Reaches $25K Settlement with Dealer

The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs and AutoSource Group, a used-car dealership, have settled a lawsuit filed by the regulator earlier this year. The dealership was accused of failing to disclose the condition of its cars, among other things.

Tags: consumer complaints, fraud, Lawsuit, lemon law, New Jersey, Settlement, used vehicles

June 3, 2015 - Industry News

Dealer Wins Federal Birth Control Lawsuit

A U.S. District Court has ruled that, because of his religious beliefs, Joseph B. Holland, Jr. does not have to offer coverage of the morning after pill to employees of Joe Holland Chevrolet.

Tags: Barack Obama, birth control, Lawsuit, Obama administration, the morning after pill

May 21, 2015 - Industry News

TrueCar Denies Claims in CNCDA Lawsuit

The California New Car Dealers Association filed a lawsuit against TrueCar last Wednesday, alleging the that the shopping site is not in compliance with certain sections of the California Vehicle Code — a claim TrueCar has denied.

Tags: Bellavia Blatt, California New Car Dealers Association, CNCDA, Lawsuit, TrueCar

May 20, 2015 - Industry News

CNCDA Files Suit Against TrueCar

The California New Car Dealers Association filed a lawsuit Wednesday against TrueCar, alleging that the shopping site is not in compliance with certain sections of the California Vehicle Code.

Tags: California New Car Dealers Association, CNCDA, Lawsuit, TrueCar

April 27, 2015 - Industry News

Firm Suing TrueCar Adds to Litigation Team

Bellavia Blatt & Crossett has added Thomas Williams, Esq., to its litigation team prosecuting TrueCar for false advertising.

Tags: Bellavia Blatt, false advertisements, haggle, Lawsuit, Leonard Bellavia, TrueCar

April 7, 2015 - Industry News

Ohio AG Sues Used-Car Dealership

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has filed a lawsuit against a used-car dealership and its owner. The now-closed business has received approximately 30 consumer complaints, mostly related to vehicle title issues.

Tags: Attorney General, compliance, Lawsuit, Mike DeWine, vehicle title

March 19, 2015 - Industry News

Deceptive Practices Suit Against Pa. Dealer Dismissed

The Pennsylvania Superior Court has dismissed a lawsuit against a Porsche dealership that claimed the business violated consumer protection and unfair trade practice laws after it refused to reimburse a customer.

Tags: consumer protection, Deceptive Practices, Lawsuit, Porsche

March 11, 2015 - Industry News

TrueCar Responds to Claims in Mass Action Lawsuit

The lead provider calls Bellavia Blatt & Crossett’s mass action suit challenging its business practices “meritless.”

Tags: Bellavia Blatt, Lawsuit, Leonard Bellavia, TrueCar

March 10, 2015 - Industry News

Mass Action Suit Filed Against TrueCar

The law firm of Bellavia Blatt & Crossett has filed a mass action lawsuit against TrueCar, claiming that the lead provider’s business practices constitute false advertising.

Tags: Bellavia Blatt, Lawsuit, Leonard Bellavia, New York, TrueCar

March 3, 2015 - Industry News

Mass. Dealer Sued for Selling Defective Cars

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has filed a complaint against a used-car dealer who allegedly had customers fill out blank contracts and then charged them at least twice the agreed-upon price for defective cars.

Tags: Attorney General, defect, fraud, Lawsuit, Massachusetts

February 26, 2015 - Industry News

Ala. AG Shuts Down Dealer for Fraud

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange was granted a temporary restraining order against the owners of a used-car dealership, as well as permission to seize the dealer’s property.

Tags: Alabama, Attorney General, compliance, fraud, Lawsuit, sales tax evasion

February 17, 2015 - Industry News

N.C. Dealerships Reach $225K Settlement in Predatory Loan Case

Two used-car dealerships and their owner reached a settlement this month with the Department of Justice and the state attorney general. The settlement resolves a lawsuit that alleged the dealerships charged African American buyers more for loans and repossessed vehicles without reasonable notice.

Tags: Attorney General, Department of Justice, discrimination, fair lending, GPS devices, Lawsuit, North Carolina, Repossessions

January 15, 2015 - Industry News

Minn. AG’s Lawsuit Against EFG Dismissed

The lawsuit, which charged the F&I product provider with violating three consumer-protection laws for the way it handled service-contract cancellations and refunds, was dismissed 90 days after it was filed.

Tags: Attorney General, EFG Companies, Lawsuit, Lori Swanson, Service Contracts

December 30, 2014 - Industry News

N.Y. Shuts Down Subprime Auto Lender

Condor Capital must pay an estimated $8 million in restitution to harmed customers, a $3 million penalty and admit violations of the Dodd-Frank Act and New York state law. The lender will also surrender its licenses in all states.

Tags: compliance, Dodd-Frank Act, Lawsuit, New York, Settlement, subprime, Subprime Financing

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