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Tom Hudson Releases Book on Fed Government’s War on Dealers

In his new book, the attorney traces actions over the last five years by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission. It addresses the government's war on several fronts, from advertising and discrimination to disclosure requirements and other everyday compliance issues.

February 16, 2017

VW Settles Civil Claims for 3.0L Diesels

Volkswagen has agreed to pay $1.2 billion to buyers of vehicles powered by its emissions-violating 3.0L V-6 diesel engine as part of a settlement that still requires approval from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and a federal judge.

February 1, 2017

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.

December 19, 2016

FTC Announces Significant Hike to Civil Penalty Maximums

Violations of the Federal Trade Commission’s prohibition on unfair or deceptive acts or practices are going to get more expensive come Aug. 1. That’s when the commission’s interim final rule aimed at increasing a variety of civil penalties takes effect.

July 5, 2016

Compliance Summit to Hit Tampa, Las Vegas in 2016

Organizers of Compliance Summit, a series of regional events dedicated to front-end compliance for dealers and dealership management, announced that events will be held in Tampa and Las Vegas this year following stops in Chicago and Austin, Texas, in 2015.

April 12, 2016

FTC Plans to Study the Auto-Buying Experience

On Dec. 29, the Federal Trade Commission announced plans to conduct a qualitative survey of consumers who have purchased and financed an automobile from a dealer within the last six months. If issues are revealed, the agency said it may consider enforcement initiatives or rulemaking.

January 6, 2016

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.

September 22, 2015

FTC Fines Texas Dealer’s Financing Arm $82,000

The loan-servicing arm of Texas-based auto dealer Tricolor Auto Group will pay $82,777 in civil penalties as part of a settlement to address the FTC’s claims that it violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act’s Furnisher Rule.

September 17, 2015

FTC Closes Antitrust Case Against Dealers, TrueCar Says

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.

August 13, 2015

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