Braman sues BMW, Audi over bonuses
The lawsuits by the big Florida luxury group say changes to incentive programs amount to unfair and illegal alterations to their franchise agreements.
Triple damage award stands
A Little Falls, N.J., Toyota dealership that canceled a RAV4 owner's extended service contract without telling her or sending a refund also failed to persuade an appeals court to overturn her triple damage award.
Darwin parent hits Reynolds with suit
Superior Integrated Solutions, owner of Darwin Automotive, filed an antitrust suit against Reynolds for indirectly blocking Superior's access to dealership systems.
Dealer: Toyota retaliated over recall software
A Toyota dealer and his two California stores have accused Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. of fraud and bad faith, alleging it took retaliatory action after the dealer developed software to notify owners about open recalls.
UAW-FCA case grows as a 4th is charged
Four people have now been charged in connection with a $4.5 million embezzlement case involving the UAW and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. The ongoing federal investigation appears likely to ensnare more high-ranking officials.
California Ford store's win overturned in Spanish-language case
California dealerships that negotiate with a customer primarily in Spanish must provide a Spanish-language translation of his or her sales contract, even if that customer also speaks English. That's the lesson from the California Court of Appeal as it held a Ford dealership in Tustin, Calif., liable for failing to do so.
Five-year sentence for store manager in N.J. scheme
Richard Pepe and his co-conspirators provided phony information to a lender and used the ill-gotten gains to pay for wine, jewelry, furs, fine art and foreign travel.
JLR hit with triple damages in chargeback case
Lawyer Richard Wiseman said the case illustrates the importance for dealers of knowing and using their state motor vehicle codes.
New York Nissan store faces class action over pay to sales staffers
A Bayside, N.Y., Nissan dealership has lost its bid to keep a lawsuit by two former salesmen upset over their take-home pay from becoming a class action.
Reynolds, CDK put their pact in writing, lawsuits say
Two dealership software companies' antitrust lawsuits against Reynolds & Reynolds and CDK cite the same document: a written agreement by the two DMS giants that implies collusion.
Ex-Honda store chief barred from auto sales as he awaits trial
The former general manager of a St. Louis-area Honda dealership has been barred from working in auto sales while awaiting trial on charges he raked in more than $395,000 in fraudulent proceeds and caused the store more than $1.8 million in losses.
FCA store in North Carolina fails to fend off ID theft case
A Fiat Chrysler Automobiles store in Charlotte, N.C., that sold two vehicles to an identity thief and a bank that financed one of the deals failed last month to rid themselves of a lawsuit by the ID theft victim.
Fraud claim revived against Illinois store
A Chicago-area Fiat Chrysler Automobiles dealership will be spending more time in court over a claim it committed fraud when it sold a Dodge Charger as new despite repair work to the roof.
Credit union liable for unpaid judgment against dealership
A credit union is on the hook for a large chunk of an unpaid trial award a closed Buick-GMC store owed the buyer of a 2006 Nissan Altima.
Ford store’s backdated contracts weren’t improper, court rules
A Ford store in Riverside, Calif., didn’t violate the state’s Automobile Sales Finance Act when it backdated replacement contracts for finance deals rejected by lenders, the state Supreme Court unanimously ruled.
Store not liable for unauthorized credit pull, but dealers should take heed
What should a dealership do about a customer who comes into the showroom, authorizes a credit check, doesn't buy a vehicle at that time but starts shopping again months later? Consider getting another written authorization before pulling an updated credit report.
Ford to pay $63.8 million to Brazilian state after '99 plant cancelation
Ford Motor Co. will pay 217 million reais ($63.8 million) to the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul after the parties settled a lawsuit, newspaper Folha de S. Paulo reported today.
Markup checks bring charges
The former general manager of Ford Motor and Fiat Chrysler dealerships in Jasper, Ala., faces prison, a $250,000 fine and $914,000 in restitution if convicted of conspiracy, bank fraud and wire fraud in an alleged scheme to rip off the stores.
Toyota's massive repair job
A proposed legal settlement to replace rusting truck frames will translate into complex shop work for Toyota dealers.
Dealership group loses suit over Volvo incentive plan
Dealers often complain about incentive programs that favor exclusive dealerships over ones that share space with other brands. But a dealership group that sued over such unequal treatment has had its day in court, and lost.
Mass. Lexus store loses bid to toss punitive damages in sexual harassment suit
A former dealership finance manager who was fired after complaining about repeated sexual harassment by the store’s finance director is entitled to both punitive and compensatory damages, the highest court in Massachusetts has ruled.