Legal File

Racketeering case against M-B store fails

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

A Texas Mercedes-Benz store that stopped selling factory parts to a repair shop whose owner testified against it in a lawsuit has beaten an allegation of civil racketeering by the shop and its owner.... Read More »


How dealers can protect themselves from bad actors

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

A blot on auto retailing is developing in Birmingham, Ala. Eight former employees of Serra Automotive Group pleaded guilty to charges including falsifying documents and two managers are accused of cheating on Nissan North America's national sales incentive program.... Read More »

Ex-Nissan store execs charged with fraud

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15, 2015

The U.S. Justice Department has charged the former general manager and controller of a Nissan dealership in Birmingham, Ala., with cheating on the automaker's national sales incentive program.... Read More »

California court case reworks technician pay plans

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Dealers often bemoan California's legal climate. Two of their biggest legal headaches there are labor-law challenges and class-action lawsuits.... Read More »

Ex-dealership staffers face prison

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Several former sales staffers at a Birmingham, Ala., Nissan store face federal prison time as part of a federal crackdown on fraudulent practices in car dealerships.... Read More »


W.Va. dealers lose fight with Ford over doc fees

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 9, 2014

A federal judge has dismissed a suit by the West Virginia Automobile & Truck Dealers Association that accuses Ford of violating a state law requiring all customers to be charged the same document fees.... Read More »

Hyundai hit with $14 million verdict in Virginia airbag trial

4:11 pm U.S. ET | July 1, 2013

A jury in Virginia decided that Hyundai Motor should pay $14 million to a man who suffered traumatic brain damage in a car accident after the side airbags in his 2008 Hyundai Tiburon coupe failed to deploy. A Hyundai spokesman said the automaker plans to appeal.... Read More »

Old GM creditors to mediate dispute over $3 billion in claims

1:39 pm U.S. ET | June 28, 2013

Creditors of General Motors' old assets in bankruptcy will start settlement talks with various Wall Street hedge funds over $3 billion in disputed claims.... Read More »

Jury favors Foltz in alphabet-soup legal skirmish

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 24, 2013

Things are A-OK at CFE after its courtroom TKO of BMF. The two suppliers -- Carl Foltz's CFE Racing of suburban Detroit and BMF Wheels of Orange, Calif. -- tangled in federal court in Detroit over use of the BMF name.... Read More »

U.S. lawsuit accuses vehicle shipping companies of price fixing

11:09 am U.S. ET | May 30, 2013

Several major import-vehicle shippers, which together are said to command 70 percent of the global car-shipping market, face allegations of price fixing in a civil lawsuit filed federal court.... Read More »


Dealership group ordered to pay off trade-ins on time

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 29, 2013

A Pacific Northwest auto dealership group and its principal have been ordered to pay off vehicles traded in at four of its stores in a timely manner after being sued by the state of Washington.... Read More »


Toyota store must defend airbag suit

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 22, 2013

A Toyota dealership that routinely serviced a 1995 Corolla for the original owner must defend a failure-to-warn airbag deployment suit brought by an injured plaintiff who bought the car used, a split Louisiana Court of Appeal panel has ruled.... Read More »


Ex-GM dealer fights fraud conviction

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 15, 2013

A former Florida auto dealer is appealing a federal judge's refusal to overturn his fraud and conspiracy conviction and 135-month prison sentence for engineering a floorplanning scam.... Read More »

Toyota store must pay crash victims $16 million

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 1, 2013

A Philadelphia jury has ordered a local Toyota dealership to pay six crash victims $15.7 million for its negligent maintenance and repair of the 2006 Toyota Sienna rental in which they were riding.... Read More »


Nissan store asks judge to rethink arbitration order

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 25, 2013

A Florida dealership that sued Nissan North America over remodeling funds must arbitrate the dispute, a federal judge ruled last month. Now the store wants the judge to reconsider.... Read More »

VW agrees to settle Audi CVT class-action case in U.S. court

1:02 pm U.S. ET | March 21, 2013

A federal judge has granted preliminary approval for the settlement of a class-action suit against Volkswagen Group of America over alleged defects with continuously variable transmissions in about 64,000 2002-06 Audi A4 and A6 models.... Read More »

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