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.
Dealership challenge foiled by letter of the law
When Rick Case Maserati applied to open a new point in Davie, Fla., nearby competitor Maserati of Fort Lauderdale wasn't pleased. So it filed a protest with the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Now, after multiple legal battles, the Fort Lauderdale store has given up its fight.
Plea deal promises inside look at VW plot
The federal indictment of a Volkswagen engineer - and his agreement to cooperate with prosecutors under a plea deal - could finally unravel the mystery of how VW managed to fool the world about its “clean diesel” engines for at least seven years.
Court paves way for Indiana store to move
Indiana dealership Ed Martin Toyota successfully fought off a prolonged bid by three rival stores to block its relocation. Now it's prepping for fast construction of a store at its new site in the Indianapolis suburb of Fishers, with plans to open in about a year. The protest went all the way to the Indiana Supreme Court before ending in June.
Saleen under siege
A large Ford dealership in Texas is suing Saleen Automotive, alleging fraud and breach of contract, and another dealership says it's having similar problems getting the customizer to deliver a supercharged Mustang that was promised and paid for long ago.
Texas court upholds retailer's victory in suit against Mercedes
Mercedes-Benz USA remains on the hook to a Harlingen, Texas, dealership for $15.3 million in compensatory damages, plus interest, stemming from its secret assignment of a new point near the area where it knew the store's purchaser was looking to relocate. But an added jury award of $115 million in punitive damages should be slashed to $600,000, the Texas Court of Appeals has ruled.
Altima deal was 'bad bargain,' but Nissan dealer disclosed terms, court rules
While a Nissan dealership in Wallingford, Conn., engaged in the “shamelessly admitted practice” of inflating the sales price of a new Altima to offset a discount it gave for a trade-in, the practice doesn't violate the Truth in Lending Act, a federal judge in New Haven ruled last month in tossing a buyer's lawsuit against the dealership.