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GM avoids some ignition switch liability

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015
The bankruptcy judge who approved GM's reorganization in 2009 refused to override the liability shield he had granted it but said plaintiffs can keep suing New GM for any mishandling of an ignition-switch...... Read More »

GM loses bid to dismiss racial bias suit

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 18, 2015
GM lost its bid to dismiss a suit accusing it of racial discrimination for refusing to let qualified white applicants acquire an available Chevrolet franchise in Georgia that instead went to a black...... Read More »

FCA considers appeal of $150 million verdict in Ga. trial

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2015
Fiat Chrysler is considering an appeal of a $150 million jury verdict in rural Georgia on Thursday, April 2, that said the company was 99 percent...... Read More »


Fired Honda store F&I staffer wins new whistleblower trial

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015
A former Honda dealership employee in Florida who was fired after notifying the store's corporate parent of suspected fraudulent F&I and warranty...... Read More »


Mercedes store wins suit over English-only documents

11:00 am U.S. ET | March 18, 2015
A trial court and the California Court of Appeal have ruled in favor of a California Mercedes dealership in a suit brought by a Spanish-speaking...... Read More »

Justices paved way for suit against TrueCar

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16, 2015
The dealer lawsuit accusing vehicle-shopping site TrueCar Inc.... Read More »


CarMax beats Calif. suit over 'certified' documents

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
CarMax Auto Superstores California has beaten a fraud suit by the purchasers of a used 2008 Dodge Caravan who claimed the Riverside dealership where...... Read More »

'Patent trolls' target automakers, and Ford Motor is fighting back

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
Ford Motor Co. was sued for patent infringement more than a dozen times between 2012 and 2014, but not by jilted suppliers or rival automakers.... Read More »


N. Carolina Ford store faces trial in case alleging finance fraud

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2015
A North Carolina Ford dealership that won dismissal of a lawsuit arising from the sale and financing of a used 2007 Jeep Wrangler is now facing a...... Read More »


Calif. dealer again loses claim that Nissan misled him Eric Freedman

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
A California dealer who claims Nissan misled him about the market visibility of his store before he closed his purchase has lost his case in a second...... Read More »

Mich. store faces trial in suit over negative equity

11:30 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
A Michigan Chrysler-Dodge store violated state law by failing to itemize a customer’s negative equity on new-car loan documents.... Read More »

Mercedes-Benz's first refusal right upheld

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 22, 2014
Mercedes-Benz USA has beaten all claims but one in a lawsuit challenging its use of the right of first refusal to block a dealership buy/sell deal in...... Read More »


Hyundai lessee wins new trial over sunroof with mind of its own

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 25, 2014
The owner of a Hyundai Genesis with a sunroof that repeatedly opened and closed on its own has won a new trial in his lawsuit against Hyundai Motor...... Read More »

GM used flawed system to yank N.Y. franchise, judge rules

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 19, 2014
The owners of a small dealership near New York City have won a legal challenge stymieing General Motors' bid to terminate his franchise, a ruling...... Read More »

Pohanka group prevails in suit over GAP coverage

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2014
A proposed class-action suit challenging the validity of the GAP coverage sold by Pohanka group dealerships has been tossed by a federal judge in...... Read More »


Court reinstates $1 million verdict against ex-dealer

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
The Missouri Supreme Court has reinstated a $1 million punitive damage jury verdict against former dealer Chad Franklin for fraudulent marketing and...... Read More »

Repo suit against Idaho GMC store tossed

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2014
A federal judge has dismissed a lessee’s lawsuit against a Boise, Idaho, dealership, several of its officers and employees, and a lender...... Read More »

Hyundai owner wins attorney fees in ruling

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
A Hyundai Santa Fe owner who won a lemon law suit against Hyundai Motor America is entitled to attorney fees for the time his lawyer spent to cancel...... Read More »

N.C. Toyota store prevails in spot delivery dispute

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 13, 2014
A federal judge has dismissed a civil lawsuit accusing a Greenville, N.C.... Read More »

N.J. Chevy store's win in customer fraud suit upheld

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
A New Jersey Chevrolet store's win in its suit for breach of contract and fraud against a customer has been affirmed by a state appeals panel.... Read More »

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