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January 16, 2014 - Industry News

Ohio AG Notes ‘Big Difference’ Between Franchised, Independent Dealers

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced five lawsuits against used car dealerships last week. Like most of the suits recently filed in the state, DeWine says the issue is ‘bad apple’ used car dealers not delivering titles.

Tags: Consumer Sales Practices Act, fraud, lawsuits, Ohio, Stephanie Forshee, used vehicles, vehicle title

January 7, 2014 - Industry News

Illinois Senator Proposes Repeal of 'Blue Law'

Illinois State Senator Jim Oberweis is proposing to lift the state’s ban on Sunday car sales, but car dealers, to his surprise, are opposed.

Tags: legislation, Stephanie Forshee, Vehicle Sales

October 8, 2013 - Industry News

GM to Allow Consumers to Buy Cars Online

General Motors plans to roll out its Shop-Click-Drive program to all of its dealers by the end of the year. The voluntary program allows dealership customers to complete the entire car-shopping process online.

Tags: General Motors, internet sales, OEM, Ryndee Carney, Stephanie Forshee, Tesla Motors

September 24, 2013 - Industry News

Judge Partially Blocks N.H. Dealer-Protection Bill, GM Drops State Dealer Incentives

Heavy farm equipment manufacturers won temporary exemption from New Hampshire’s newly amended Dealer Bill of Rights, days before it was to take effect on Monday. Dealers there were dealt another blow that day when General Motors announced it was pulling its dealer sales incentives from that state.

Tags: General Motors, incentives, lawsuits, New Hampshire, Stephanie Forshee

September 19, 2013 - Industry News

EEOC Sues Chicago Dealer for Harassing Muslim, Arab Employees

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing Chicago’s Rizza Cadillac after three employees complained of harassment.

Tags: discrimination, employment, lawsuits, Stephanie Forshee

September 10, 2013 - Industry News

Cal Worthington Passes Away at 92

Cal Worthington, best known for his iconic TV ads that played on the most imaginative stunts to get customers to 'Go See Cal,' passed away Sunday afternoon.

Tags: advertising, auto dealer, Cal Worthington, car dealer, Ford, Go See Cal, marketing, obituary, Stephanie Forshee, TV commercial

August 28, 2013 - Industry News Settles With Firm for ‘Fake Reviews’ reached a settlement with Humankind Design Ltd., the online reputation management firm the site was suing for posting fraudulent reviews on behalf of 25 car dealers nationwide.

Tags: court,, Humankind, Justin Anderson, Lawsuit, ratings, reviews, settle, Settlement, Stephanie Forshee

August 13, 2013 - Industry News

Jeff Schmitt Auto Group Loses BBB Accreditation

The Better Business Bureau suspends the group’s accreditation after it paid more than $500,000 to settle at least 25 lawsuits related to its F&I practices. The operation had an 'A+' rating before it lost its accredidation.

Tags: accreditation, BBB, Better Business Burea, dealer, Dealership, Jeff Schmitt Auto Group, Lawsuit, rating, Ronald L. Burdge, Settlement, Stephanie Forshee

August 6, 2013 - Industry News

Former Dealer Controller Pleads Guilty to Embezzling $100K

Frank Fletcher Ford in Joplin, Mo., is the latest victim of an embezzling controller who admits to stealing about $88K from the dealer, according to court documents filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri Southwestern Division.

Tags: auto dealer, car dealer, controller, Dealership, embezzlement, Frank Fletcher Ford, Kathryn Stanton, Stephanie Forshee, wire fraud

July 23, 2013 - Industry News

UPDATED: Edmunds Files Lawsuit Against Company Posting “Fake Reviews”

Edmunds filed a lawsuit against an online reputation management company for allegedly posting “fake reviews” to the automotive information website on behalf of 25 dealers nationwide.

Tags: automotive, car dealer, Dealership, Edmunds,, Humankind, Lawsuit, reviews, Stephanie Forshee, Website

June 20, 2013 - Industry News

Instagram Launches 15-Second Video App

In a press conference today, Instagram Co-Founder and CEO Kevin Systrom announced the launch of ‘Video on Instagram,’ an application where users can upload 15-second videos.

Tags: Cinema, Facebook, Instagram, Kevin Systrom, Mark Zuckerberg, Stephanie Forshee, Video on Instagram

June 4, 2013 - Industry News

Tesla Can’t Sell Directly to Consumers in Texas

Two Tesla-backed bills failed to make it to the voting round this legislative session. The legislation would have exempted Tesla from state franchise laws, allowing the electric carmaker to sell directly to consumers in that state.

Tags: Consumers, direct, Electric Vehicle, Elon Musk, factory, manufacturer, retail, sales, Stephanie Forshee, Tesla

May 23, 2013 - Industry News

Colo. and N.H. Dealer Bills Await Governors’ Signatures

Governors in New Hampshire and Colorado are considering legislation aimed at strengthening dealers’ rights in those two states.

Tags: Colorado, dealers, franchise, Law, legislators, manufactuers, New Hampshire, Stephanie Forshee

May 14, 2013 - Industry News

Marquet Intl.: Auto-Related Embezzlement Cases on the Rise

Source: 2012 Marquet Report on Embezzlement

Marquet International released its annual white collar fraud and embezzlement report today. The report reveals that more automotive employees are embezzling than in previous years.

Tags: 2012 Marquet Report on Embezzlement, automotive, case, Dealership, embezzlement, fraud, Marquet International, Stephanie Forshee

May 14, 2013 - Industry News

Clay Nissan Settles $1.5M Defamation Suit

The legal battle between Clay Nissan and the brothers of a former cancer-stricken employee is over, ending the family’s 10-month campaign against the dealership for terminating their sister.

Tags: Adam Colter, attorney, Boycott Clay Nissan, cancer, Clay Nissan, Dealership, defamation, Erik Syverson, Facebook, Jill Colter, Lawsuit, settle, Settlement, Stephanie Forshee, termination

May 14, 2013 - Industry News

N.J. Dealer Sues Kia Motors

New Jersey’s Mahwah Kia filed a lawsuit against Kia Motors America. The manufacturer allegedly terminated the store’s franchise agreement for poor performance, but the dealer claims KMA did not make enough inventory available.

Tags: customer satisfaction, franchise, inventory, Kia Motors America, KMA, Lawsuit, Mahwah Kia, sales, Sales Performance, Stephanie Forshee, termination

April 24, 2013 - Industry News

121 Dealers File $50M-Plus Suit Against Carfax

Dealers filed a mass action lawsuit Tuesday against Carfax for monopolizing the market. They claim the quality of the firm’s vehicle history reports is lacking, but dealers also say the exclusive agreements the firm has with OEMs and merchandising sites has forced them to be paying customers.

Tags: $50 million, Andron & Crossett, Bellavia, Blatt, Brittany-Marie Swanson, Carfax Report, Lawsuit, Stephanie Forshee, Vehicle History Reports, VHR

April 18, 2013 - Industry News

Facebook’s New Ad Tool Impresses Pilot Dealer

South Carolina dealership is capturing six to eight additional sales per month using Facebook’s new advertising tool, which pulls data from Datalogix and Polk to deliver more targeted ad campaigns.

Tags: advertising, Datalogix, Don Boyle, Facebook, Joe Kyriakoza, Partner Categories, Patrick Workman, Polk, Stephanie Forshee

April 9, 2013 - Industry News

GM Testing Facebook Advertising

After pulling a reported $10 million annual ad spend with Facebook last May, General Motors is back on the social media site. This time, the automaker is testing mobile ads.

Tags: $10 million, ad spend, advertising, Facebook, General Motors, GM, paid advertising, Stephanie Forshee

April 9, 2013 - Industry News

Calif. Court Rules GPS Nav Apps Illegal While Driving

In late March, a California judge ruled against a man who was cited by the California Highway Patrol for driving and looking at his smartphone’s GPS navigation app. The ruling means such apps violate the state’s prohibition on texting and making calls while driving.

Tags: California, cell phone, court, driving, GPS, navigation apps, Stephanie Forshee, Steven R. Spriggs, trial, vehicle

April 4, 2013 - Industry News

Tesla Introduces 'New Type' of Financing Option

Tesla Motors partners with Wells Fargo and US Bank on a 'new type’ of financing for its Model S customers.

Tags: Elon Musk, finance product, leasing, Model S, Stephanie Forshee, Tesla

March 14, 2013 - Industry News

Google Allows Car Shoppers to Take Virtual Dealership Tours

Google Business Photos is allowing the site’s millions of online visitors to take a virtual tour of individual dealerships. Similar to Google’s Street View technology, the tour allows potential car shoppers to browse inside the dealership.

Tags: automotive, car dealership, cars, Google, Google Business Photos, google+, Showroom, Stephanie Forshee, Virtual Tour

March 7, 2013 - Industry News

Yelp Filters More Reviews in 2012 Than 2011

Dealers and businesses may have continued to gripe about Yelp’s filtering system, but it didn’t deter the company from filtering a higher percentage of its business reviews in 2012 than in the previous year.

Tags: automotive, Dealer Review Sites, Dealership, filter, reviews, Stephanie Forshee, Yelp

February 15, 2013 - Industry News

F&I and Showroom Goes One-on-One With Facebook Autos

Just as dealers anxiously look into ways to promote their brands on Facebook, the social network has its eyes focused on the automotive space as well.

Tags: automotive, dealers, Facebook, Graph Search, NADA, NADA Convention & Expo, Patrick Workman, sales, social media, Stephanie Forshee

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