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Former Fla. Dodge store loses arbitration bid in suit over sloppy paperwork

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 2, 2014
In 2004 Roberto Basulto and Raquel Gonzalez went to a dealership in Hialeah, Fla., to buy a new 2005 Dodge Caravan. Although they spoke only Spanish, all the documents they signed were in English and some were incomplete when they were signed.... Read More »

Would-be Mahindra dealers lose class-action bid

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
A group of aspiring dealers who paid for the right to distribute Mahindra vehicles in the United States and didn't get refunds when the Indian company scrapped its U.S. sales plans won't be able to pursue collective relief.... Read More »

N.C. Ford store’s win in spot delivery suit upheld

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 26, 2014
A North Carolina dealership’s jury trial victory in a spot delivery case has survived an appeal by the customer. The North Carolina Court of Appeals has refused to reinstate the suit against University Ford Inc. in Durham, N.C.... Read More »

Texas Suzuki store loses appeal of $13,203 verdict in finance case

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 5, 2014
The Texas Court of Appeals has upheld a $13,203 verdict against a Fort Worth dealership that overcharged customers who financed their purchase.... Read More »


Court: Ford notice ending Blue Oval program violated Maine dealer law

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 24, 2014
A dealership that lost hundreds of thousands of dollars when Ford Motor Co. discontinued its Blue Oval Certified incentive program in 2005 will have to wait a while longer to find out whether it will reap any damages.... Read More »

Honda store prevails in suit over Calif.’s finance, consumer laws

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2014
A faulty finance document didn’t keep a California appeals panel from siding with a Modesto-area Honda store in a suit brought by purchasers of a used Accord who claimed the store had violated the state finance law.... Read More »

Court: Ill. dealership store not liable for crash

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2014
A Chicago-area dealership that sold a 2000 GMC Jimmy with an allegedly defective electronic control module isn't legally responsible for an accident caused by a drunken driver who smashed into the SUV after it stalled, the Illinois Appellate Court...... Read More »

Ford store prevails in suit over credit check

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2014
A federal judge in Detroit has tossed out a suit accusing an area Ford store of knowingly violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act by running a credit check on a customer's husband.
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Court: Calif. store that inspected vehicle may be held liable for defect

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 30, 2013
Dealerships that inspect and deliver new vehicles on behalf of manufacturers may be held strictly liable for any defect, even if they didn't actually sell the vehicles and weren't negligent themselves, the California Court of Appeal has ruled.... Read More »


S.C. stores win right to arbitrate fees case

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 27, 2013
Two Columbia, S.C., dealerships have won the right to arbitrate rather than litigate two car buyers' claims that the stores collected illegal document fees when they purchased their cars.... Read More »


Mont. dealer suit gets go-ahead

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2013
A terminated Buick-GMC dealership is free to pursue its claims that the former GMAC illegally used a bounced check as a means to end the store's dealer agreement and help General Motors cut its dealer network. U.S.... Read More »

Toyota plaintiffs may benefit from 'ghost' theory

7:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2013
A key victory for victims' lawyers in late October may give plaintiffs extra ammunition in their fight against Toyota Motor Sales USA when lawyers head to federal court in Santa Ana in March to argue claims that Toyota vehicles accelerate without...... Read More »


Calif. ruling recognizes 1-year limit for finance law claims; dealers want precedent

10:54 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2013
The California Court of Appeal has rebuffed a proposed class-action suit accusing CarMax Auto Superstores California of violating the state's sales finance and unfair competition laws.... Read More »

Ex-store owner must pay Toyota

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2013
The former owner of Sunrise Toyota in Oakdale, N.Y., was ordered to pay Toyota $150,050 in attorney fees and $1,370.... Read More »


Court: Store's employee purchase policy not against Mo. laws

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2013
A Kansas City, Mo., dealership that fired an employee because his live-in girlfriend bought a new vehicle for $1,000 less from a competitor didn't violate state laws, a Missouri Court of Appeals panel has ruled.... Read More »


Ohio dealership group faces class-action

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2013
The Ohio Court of Appeals has upheld class certification in a suit alleging that the arbitration clause in a Cleveland-area dealership group's sales agreement was unconscionable and unenforceable.... Read More »

Cadillac store bests GM in Pa. relocation fight

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2013
A Pennsylvania appeals court has backed a Pittsburgh-area Cadillac dealership in its relocation fight with General Motors.... Read More »


Pa. court denies attorney fees in 17 settled lemon law cases

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2013
Four automakers have prevailed in their bid to keep a Pennsylvania lemon law firm from receiving attorney fees for representing 17 car buyers who settled their auto complaints out of court.... Read More »

Michigan Chevy dealership cleared in airbag suit

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 29, 2013
The Michigan Court of Appeals has cleared a Chevrolet dealership of all warranty claims in a suit over airbags in a 2004 Chevrolet TrailBlazer that failed to deploy in a crash.... Read More »


Chrysler store faces punitive damages in suit alleging ID theft

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 24, 2013
A Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep store in North Carolina has lost a bid to eliminate punitive damages from a lawsuit alleging its finance manager committed identity theft.... Read More »

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