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Feds Sue Fiat-Chrysler Over Diesels

The Department of Justice filed the complaint on May 23, claiming FCA installed the software in 104,000 diesel Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles. The filing comes days after FCA submitted a proposed software modification to resolve the issue.

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Georgia Man Pleads Guilty to Odometer Fraud

A Georgia businessman this week pleaded guilty to operating an odometer fraud scheme that revolved around buying later-model cars at auction, tampering with the odometer reading, and then selling the cars at inflated prices, the U.S. Department of Justice announced.

Wells Fargo Dealer Services to Pay $4.1 million for SCRA Violations

Wells Fargo Dealer Services has agreed to pay more than $4.1 million to settle charges that it violated the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) when it repossessed 413 vehicles owned by protected servicemembers without obtaining a court order, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on Friday.

HSBC to Pay $434,500 for SCRA Violations

The Justice Department announced that HSBC Finance Corp. has agreed to pay $434,500 to settle charges that its vehicle repossession practices violated the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA).

Georgia Dealer, State Employee Arrested for Odometer Fraud

The dealer and state employee were charged with devising a scheme to buy high-mileage vehicles in nearby states, roll back their odometers, and then resell them in Georgia. They now face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

Toyota Motor Credit Agrees to Lower Markup Caps to Settle CFPB Allegations

The three-year standoff between Toyota Motor Credit, the Justice Department and the CFPB is over, with the captive agreeing to pay up to $21.9 million in restitution to minority borrowers the regulators allege were overcharged on their auto loans. The captive also agreed to lower its dealer markup caps.

Justice Department Files Civil Complaint Against Volkswagen

The complaint was filed on Monday and alleges that nearly 600,000 diesel engine vehicles were equipped with illegal devices designed to cheat emissions testing.

Cox Completes Acquisition of Dealertrack

Dealertrack unloaded its inventory management solution today, clearing the way for Cox Automotive to complete its acquisition of the software maker. The announcement comes a day after the Justice Department challenged the merger between the two software giants.

Cox Must Divest Dealertrack's Inventory Management Solution, DOJ Says

The Department of Justice filed a civil antitrust lawsuit this week to block Cox Automotive’s acquisition of Dealertrack. The regulator said Cox must divest Dealertrack’s inventory management solution business in order to move forward with the transaction.

Fifth Third Bank to Cap Dealer Markups

The CFPB and DOJ announced two actions against Fifth Third Bank on Monday, one of which requires the finance source to pay $18 million in restitution to minority auto loan borrowers, as well as limit its dealer partners’ ability to markup interest rates on auto loans.