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Mama’s Menu

The magazine’s legal wiz says regulations don’t offer much guidance when it comes to F&I menu usage. But he says there’s an unofficial rule F&I managers should consider.

December 19, 2014

Sweeps, Standards and the FTC

The magazine’s resident legal wiz revisits the FTC’s standard for deception in response to the agency’s crackdown on false advertising.

March 11, 2014

Bottom Feeders

It’s easy enough to dismiss attorneys as threats to your livelihood, but the magazine’s legal wiz says not all lawyers are gunning for dealers.

October 10, 2012

Borderline Issues

The Internet has made out-of-state sales a day-to-day occurrence. But the magazine’s legal insider says there are some precautions dealers need to consider.

August 10, 2012

Dissecting Financial Reform

Dissecting Financial Reform

The magazine’s Legal columnist answered some questions about the Dodd-Frank legislation — and raised several more of his own — during an hour-long presentation at the F&I Conference and Expo.

November 1, 2010

Is That Legal?

Can you raise the price of a vehicle to cover a high bank fee? Get that answer and more from the magazine’s legal expert.

October 1, 2010

The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Washington is working overtime these days, so expect 2010 to be a bumpy ride on the regulatory front.

February 1, 2010

A Difference of Opinion

There are always two sides to any story and this business always benefits from a little intellectual tug of war. That’s why I’ve invited the Center for Responsible Lending’s Josh Frank and Delvin Davis to share the center’s views on HR 2309.

August 1, 2009

4 Threats to F&I

Washington sure can react to a crisis, but the real question is, “How effectively can Washington react to a crisis?” Apparently not well for you, or so pending legislation on Capitol Hill would have us believe.

July 1, 2009

Legislators in Need of Cooling-Off Period

On May 12, Congress held a hearing on a bill that would give the Federal Trade Commission broad new powers to regulate automobile dealers. The bill, H.R. 2309, directs the FTC to adopt rules that prevent unfair and deceptive practices by dealers regarding credit and lending.

June 1, 2009

Consumer Protection Gone Wrong

In these tough economic times, the last thing business needs are unreasonable impediments on the sale of goods and services. Hasn’t all the bailout and stimulus spending been focused on unfreezing credit markets so folks can spend money and boost the economy?

May 1, 2009

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