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Firm Suing TrueCar Files Second Mass Action Lawsuit

The firm that filed a mass action lawsuit against TrueCar in March has filed a second suit against the car-shopping site, this time on behalf of current TrueCar subscribers.

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N.J. Dealerships to Pay $135,000 Settlement

The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs has reached a $135,000 settlement with Bergen Auto Enterprises, which does business as Wayne Mazda and Wayne Auto Mall Hyundai. The dealerships were accused of engaging in deceptive business and advertising practices.

Deceptive Practices Suit Against Pa. Dealer Dismissed

The Pennsylvania Superior Court has dismissed a lawsuit against a Porsche dealership that claimed the business violated consumer protection and unfair trade practice laws after it refused to reimburse a customer.

Ga. Supreme Court Gives Go-Ahead in Fraud Suit Against Dealer

The Georgia Supreme Court ruled unanimously that a customer of Payless Auto Deals could proceed with his fraud claim against the dealership and one of its salespeople for selling him a damaged vehicle.

Former Dealer Pleads Guilty to Charges of Deceptive Practices

The owner and operator of Excel Auto Group and B and B Motors pleaded guilty last week to charges that he sold cars with false odometer readings.

Owners of 8 N.J. Dealerships Reach $1.8M Settlement For Deceptive Practices

In addition to paying civil penalties and reimbursements to the state, the owners of the dealerships must work to resolve 45 consumer complaints. This is the second such settlement the dealers have reached with the state.

N.Y. Attorney General Settles With 6 Dealers for Deceptive Ads

As part of the settlement, the six dealerships must reform their advertising practices and pay fines of up to $15,000. A seventh dealer was served with a statutory notice of the attorney general’s intention to file a lawsuit.

10 Regulatory Hot Spots for 2014

The “Father of the F&I Menu” offers his list of 10 regulatory hot spots for 2014, several of which fall outside of the F&I manager’s jurisdiction.

DOJ Charges N.C. Dealers With Credit Discrimination

A joint complaint filed in North Carolina alleges buy-here, pay-here dealerships targeted African-American customers for unfair and predatory credit practices that violated federal and state law.