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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Russian Citizens Claim $2M Fraud by New Jersey Dealership


Q: What action can I take against a dealer who takes my money but fails to deliver the vehicle?

Although exile to Siberia is not an option, a consumer fraud attorney can help people defrauded by unscrupulous auto dealerships.

Recently, a Pennsylvania man operating a dealership in New Jersey was accused of scamming a slew of Russian citizens in a $2 million fraud case.

Reportedly, the dealer, Global Auto Group, in Elizabeth New Jersey, allegedly advertised autos online below market value and then failed to deliver them to Russian consumers who had wired the purchase price payment for the vehicles.


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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Did You Get Scammed by a Used Car Salesman?


There is a reason why “used car salesmen” frequently tops the list of most hated professions. Although there are some honest dealers out there, many used car salespeople offer deals that turn out to be no good. For example, a dealer up in Lodi, NJ was recently busted a dealer for selling cars with rolled back odometers and undisclosed accidents. That same dealer was also hiding the details of their financing and fees in fine print that was nearly impossible to read, or not disclosing this information at all! Unfortunately, these illegal sales gimmicks are all too common.

Misrepresentations

Did you buy a used car the dealer assured you was in great shape only to discover it needs major repairs? Did the check engine light turn on the minute you pulled out of the dealer’s lot? If the car you bought is not in as good of shape as the seller promised, you may be able to return it or get the seller to pay for necessary repairs.


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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Legislation Would Protect Consumers from Giving Up Their Right to Sue

Can a consumer who bought a defective automobile be required to waive the right to bring a lawsuit under the New Jersey Lemon Law?

All too often, consumer contracts make it hard for purchasers to bring an action for fraud, breach of contract or other wrongdoing by a seller. When buying a new or used automobile, consumers are sometimes required to waive their rights to file a lawsuit and instead must accept provisions forcing them to resolve disputes through arbitration.

A recent New Jersey bill would change that. The proposed amendment to the state's Truth-in-Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act would bar consumer contracts from limiting a consumer's right to sue without the consumer's permission. Among other rights that could not be waived or limited in a consumer contract under the proposed bill, consumers would retain their right to bring lawsuits under the New Jersey Lemon Law, the Consumer Fraud Act and other federal and state consumer protection statutes.

The new law would penalize stores and dealers that give consumers contracts that obligate the consumer to waive his or her legal rights. The contract could be deemed void and, in addition to damages and lawyers' fees, the violator would have to pay the consumer $100.

Business groups oppose the bill claiming that it violates the Federal Arbitration Act and is unenforceable. Pro-consumer groups, however, support the bill, noting the growing practice of car dealerships and other companies to force consumers into arbitration to settle claims over defective cars and "lemons." Consumers who are able to avoid arbitration and avail themselves of the New Jersey Lemon Law may get a more favorable outcome.

A skilled Lemon Law can successfully guide you through lemon law, breach of warranty and fraud cases in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Contact us today at (888)830-1474 to learn more.


Friday, October 10, 2014

Consumer Protection Lawsuit Against NJ Used Car Dealer Settled

New Jersey state law protects consumers against fraud.  Nevertheless, fraud still happens and when a consumer is the victim they may have recourse under the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act.  As a recent case illustrates, complaints of this kind are handled by the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs and can often lead to compensation.

A used luxury car dealership, 21st Century Auto Group, Inc. of Springfield, New Jersey, was the subject of over 40 consumer complaints.  In 2013, the Division of Consumer Affairs decided to file a lawsuit against them.  The Division asserted that the dealership had broken multiple laws including the Consumer Fraud Act, Lemon Law, advertising and sales rules.  Customers had various specific complaints.  They claimed that the business deceived them by omitting that the vehicles they were interested in had been rental cars or were damaged in an accident.  They also claimed that the business engaged in deceptive advertising practices by refusing to sell certain vehicles for the advertised price as well drawing customers in with an advertisement of a vehicle that had already been sold and then trying to sell them another.  It was also alleged that the business was slow to accommodate customers who decided they did not want the vehicle they had contracted for and requested the return of their trade-in or deposit.

The dealership decided to settle with the Division of Consumer Affairs.  They agreed to pay $130,000 including civil penalties, attorney’s fees and reimbursement to the state for its expenditures.  As part of the settlement, the dealership is also required to hire a compliance monitor for the next year to ensure that they are abiding by regulations and the terms of the settlement.  They must also work with the 43 consumers that made complaints against them to remedy the wrongs they committed.  If the parties cannot agree they will be subjected to alternative dispute resolution, the outcome of which they will be bound by.

When a consumer is subjected to fraud or deceptive practices by a business in the motor vehicle industry they do have options.  A reputable Lemon Law attorney can assist clients with these issues right away. 


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