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Vital Signs

The magazine’s resident legal wiz explains how a simple deal jacket review can offer a compelling case for a full compliance checkup.

June 3, 2016

Preparing for the Advertising Police

Relationships Gone Wrong

The magazine’s legal eagle delves into the dust-up between Union Bank and Car Mart. It’s a must-read for dealers considering bank assistance for an operating expense.

April 15, 2013

Say Goodbye to Arbitration Agreements?

The magazine’s legal eagle dusts off his crystal ball to make his annual regulatory predictions. This year, he makes four bold predictions that every dealer needs to read.

February 6, 2013

Paper Trails

Paper Trails

Things don’t always go smoothly in the daily grind of dealership life. That’s why a good paper trail is critical to keeping your store out of the crosshairs of hungry plaintiffs’ attorneys.

October 10, 2012

10 Predictions for 2012

10 Predictions for 2012

The magazine’s legal wiz shines up his crystal ball to offer his predictions on how the CFPB and the FTC will flex their regulatory muscles in 2012.

February 7, 2012

A New Game Plan

A New Game Plan

Dealers have done well to defend themselves against the oncoming blitz of new regulations, but the magazine’s newest compliance expert says there are a few downs left to play.

January 17, 2012

The Case of the Missing Cosigner

The Case of the Missing Cosigner

The magazine’s resident legal wiz says a reader was right to be suspicious of a buyer whose cosigner only existed on paper. Read on for more details.

January 17, 2012

Virginia Dealer Board Says TrueCar Violates Licensing Laws

The Virginia motor vehicle dealer board ruled yesterday that TrueCar’s business model is in violation of the state’s dealer licensing laws, which prohibit third-party services from acting on behalf of the dealer in the sale of a motor vehicle.

January 10, 2012

Calif. Legislators Seek New Rules for BHPH

California State Assembly Member Mike Feuer (D–Los Angeles) and State Sen. Ted W. Lieu (D–Torrance) have proposed legislation that would introduce new rules designed to “rein in abusive practices” of buy here, pay here dealers statewide.

January 10, 2012

Colorado Puts the Brakes on TrueCar

After hitting an impasse with auto industry skeptics, TrueCar is facing another setback. The embattled company and its dealers were notified by the Colorado Department of Revenue that they could be in violation of five of the state’s advertising rules.

December 20, 2011

Just the Facts, Ma’am

After sitting through three roundtables’ worth of tired anecdotes from consumer advocates, the magazine’s legal expert hopes the FTC will keep its word and rely on empirical data before instituting new regulations.

December 1, 2011