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FTC Charges Arizona Group With Falsifying Incomes on Consumer Credit Apps

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Three weeks after announcing the completion of a seven-state sweep regarding compliance with its Used Car Rule, the Federal Trade Commission announced on Wednesday it has charged a group of four dealerships with a range of illegal activities, including falsifying consumers’ income and down payment information on credit applications and misrepresenting financial ... Read More »

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FTC, 12 Partner Agencies Conduct Used Car Rule Compliance Sweep

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Trade Commission, working jointly with 12 partner agencies in seven states, conducted the first compliance sweep of car dealerships since its amended Used Car Rule took effect earlier this year, the regulator announced today. The sweep was conducted in 20 cities nationwide between April and June 2018. According to the ... Read More »

FTC Approves Consent Order in Texas Dealer’s Deceptive Advertising Case

FTC Announces Significant Hike to Civil Penalty Maximums

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Violations of the Federal Trade Commission’s prohibition on unfair or deceptive acts or practices are going to get more expensive come Aug. 1. That’s when the commission’s interim final rule aimed at increasing a variety of civil penalties takes effect. According to its website, the FTC has approved final amendments to Commission Rule ... Read More »

FTC Announces Significant Hike to Civil Penalty Maximums

FTC Official Releases 7 Deadly Sins of Dealer Advertising

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. — The Federal Trade Commission official who led the agency’s Operation Ruse Control, which resulted in 252 auto-related enforcement actions, shared this week the seven deadly sins of advertising that put dealers on her regulatory radar. Cindy Liebes, director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Southeast Region, shared her list ahead of her ... Read More »

Dealer Fined $690,000 for Consumer-Protection Law Violations

NEWARK, N.J. — A used car dealership has been ordered to pay $693,645.91 after a Superior Court Judge found that it violated state consumer protection laws and regulations a total of 640 times. The state’s ten-count complaint against RLMB Inc., filed this March, alleged that RLMB and its manager, Michael L. Bloom, violated the Consumer ... Read More »

Hudson Cook, LLP Adds Rebecca E. Kuehn as Partner

HANOVER, Md. – Hudson Cook, LLP, a nationwide provider of legal compliance services for the financial services industry, announces the addition of Rebecca E. Kuehn as a partner in its Washington, D.C. office. With over 15 years of experience in consumer financial services and consumer protection matters, Becki counsels financial institutions, consumer reporting agencies, service providers, ... Read More »

Arkansas Dealer to Pay $90,000 Penalty for Not Displaying Buyers Guide

JONESBORO, Ark. — An Arkansas auto dealer and its owners have agreed to pay a $90,000 civil penalty to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they failed to display a “Buyers Guide” on used vehicles offered for sale, as required by the FTC’s Used Car Rule, reports F&I and Showroom. In March 2014, the FTC ... Read More »

FTC Approves Final Consent Orders in Two Deceptive Ad Cases

Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved final consent orders involving two auto dealers that deceptively advertised the sale, financing and leasing of their vehicles. Under the settlement orders, Jim Burke Nissan of Birmingham, Ala., and Ross Nissan of El Monte, Calif., are prohibited from misrepresenting in any advertisement the cost ... Read More »