California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed AB 179, enacting new dealer protections against below-market warranty reimbursement rates and OEM-ordered facility upgrades. The bill also allows dealers to issue recall notices without violating new data privacy rules.
October 15, 2019
Electrek reports Tesla CEO Elon Musk wants to open ‘Tesla Centers’ around the U.S., once again challenging rules against direct-to-consumer sales. Sources say the firm’s Electric division could provide a workaround.
October 14, 2019
A jury deliberated for less than an hour before deciding Reagor Dykes’ Bart Reagor owes Ford Motor Credit Co. the full amount it demanded following an investigation into the Texas group’s floorplanning practices.
October 4, 2019
The U.S. Department of Justice has charged a Maryland dealership with offering different credit terms to different customers based on race, an allegation backed by reports from African American and white testers.
October 2, 2019
The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says BMW Cleveland violated the Age Discrimination in Employment Act when it terminated two older salesmen and failed to rehire a former service manager.
October 2, 2019
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
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
The office of California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has charged the 10-rooftop Paul Blanco’s Good Car Co. with credit application fraud, payment packing, and false and deceptive advertising.
September 25, 2019
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
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
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
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
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
Mazda has attempted to cancel its franchise agreement with a Texas dealer for failing to complete Takata airbag recall orders. The matter will be decided in a hearing ordered by state regulators.
August 26, 2019
Hoover Mitsubishi’s Mark Hoover has sued two former employees accused of doctoring auto loan applications, a scheme that led to an FBI raid and the shuttering of the dealership.
August 21, 2019