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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 practices at his workplace has won the opportunity to...... 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 couple over their sales and financing experience.... 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 »


Ohio dealer loses fight with Ford

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
After six years of litigation, a federal judge has tossed a bad faith claim against Ford Motor Co.... Read More »

N.J. Nissan dealership loses appeal for arbitration in F&I dispute

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 23, 2014
A North Plainfield, N.J.... Read More »


Selling vehicles for export angers automakers, but is it illegal?

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Authorities working to stop the flowof high-end cars overseas have run into a significant obstacle: Exporters arranging the shipments may not be...... Read More »