The Federal Trade Commission is sending payments totaling more than $9.8 million to the thousands of consumers affected by a discrimination lawsuit against Napleton Automotive Group.
The agency is distributing 66,355 checks averaging $147 each to car buyers it says were affected by unlawful practices at group stores. Consumers should cash the checks within 90 days, the FTC said in a statement Monday.
Napleton Automotive, of Oakbrook Terrace, Ill., in March was the subject of a suit the FTC and the State of Illinois filed alleging that employees were adding illegal junk fees for unwanted add-ons to vehicle purchases and charging more in financing for Black consumers.
The joint complaint cited eight Napleton dealerships in Illinois, Florida, Pennsylvania and Missouri and a general manager of two Illinois dealerships accused of adding junk fees and other products illegally, such as paint protection, in contracts as long as 60 pages.