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FCA to Pay $40M Fine for ‘Cookie Jar’ Sales Reports

FCA to Pay $40M Fine for ‘Cookie Jar’ Sales Reports

FCA US and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will pay $40 million to settle charges leveled by the SEC, which accused the automaker of misleading investors by falsifying monthly sales reports to maintain the appearance of monthly gains.

September 30, 2019

IAS Hosting Giveaway to Win a Day of Training with Frenchy!
Mystery Surrounds Seattle Dealership Closures

Mystery Surrounds Seattle Dealership Closures

Five motorcycle dealerships owned by Microsoft executive Howard Crow were suddenly shuttered last week. Managers and staff have returned, without pay, to open the doors and deliver or return bikes to bewildered customers.

September 26, 2019

Calif. AG Sues Blanco for Bank Fraud, False Advertising
Econtracting: Slippery Slope or Big Opportunity?

Econtracting: Slippery Slope or Big Opportunity?

Progress toward a fully online transaction may be inevitable, but you — and your finance sources — must take concrete steps toward process improvement and regulatory compliance to make econtracting work for your store.

September 24, 2019

Learn How to Avoid F&I Burnout at Industry Summit
PAR Gets masterQueue Skip Tracing Platform

PAR Gets masterQueue Skip Tracing Platform

PAR North America announced an expansion of its partnership with masterQueue, adding the latter’s skip tracing technology in an effort to increase recovery rates.

September 19, 2019

‘Ask Frenchy’ Competition Now Accepting Submissions

‘Ask Frenchy’ Competition Now Accepting Submissions

Five F&I professionals will attend Industry Summit as a guest of IAS and veteran trainer Eric ‘Frenchy’ Mélon, who will select finalists for the third annual objection-handling competition and F&I training session.

September 18, 2019

Former Porsche Salesman Pleads Guilty to $3M Fraud

Former Porsche Salesman Pleads Guilty to $3M Fraud

Shiraaz Sookralli faces 20 years in prison after admitting to charges of fraud and embezzlement relating to a multimillion-dollar scheme to sell nonexistent Porsches from a South Florida dealership.

September 17, 2019

Xtime Adds Text Marketing Features to Invite Platform
EEOC Sues Okla. Dealer for Refusing to Hire Female Salesperson

EEOC Sues Okla. Dealer for Refusing to Hire Female Salesperson

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claims a dealer group executive said ‘This is not a lady’s job yet’ to justify failing to retain the only woman on the sales team at a Norman, Okla., Chrysler dealership the group acquired.

September 16, 2019

Rooney Joins Hudco as Partner in DC Office

Rooney Joins Hudco as Partner in DC Office

Mark E. Rooney, an attorney whose practice focuses on consumer litigation defense and government investigations in the financial services industry, has joined the Washington, D.C., office of Hudson Cook LLP.

September 9, 2019

NADA Mounts Opposition to Enhanced Safeguards Rule

NADA Mounts Opposition to Enhanced Safeguards Rule

National Automobile Dealers Association officials have told the FTC that proposed new provisions to the Safeguards Rule may be unnecessary and could cost smaller dealers more than $400,000 in the first calendar year of enforcement.

September 9, 2019

EEOC Hits Dealer With Gender Discrimination Suit

EEOC Hits Dealer With Gender Discrimination Suit

Champion Chevrolet of Reno, Nev., has been sued by the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The lawsuit follows a complaint filed by a female salesperson who says she was bullied out of a job.

September 2, 2019

The Price of Compliance Is Going Up. Sorry.

The Price of Compliance Is Going Up. Sorry.

Recent revisions to the federal Safeguards Rule cement the need for a compliance officer in every dealership. Whether their duties are performed by an employee or outsourced, satisfying the new requirement is going to cost your store thousands of dollars per month.

August 29, 2019