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Dealership's 'Closing Fees' Ruled Illegal In South Carolina, Court Hands Down $2.8 Million Judgment

Dealership's 'Closing Fees' Ruled Illegal In South Carolina, Court Hands Down $2.8 Million Judgment

South Carolina's Supreme Court has handed down a hefty win for auto shoppers. In a 3-2 ruling, justices found that Hendrick Honda of Easley shouldn't have been charging customers a $299 "closing fee" between 2002 and 2006. The decision will cost Hendrick some $2.8 million in actual (not punitive)... read more

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GM Dodges The Bullet In Court: So Now What Happens To Ignition Switch Complaints?

This week, General Motors prevailed in a very important court case. According to Auto News, a U.S. bankruptcy judge has ruled that the automaker's 2009 restructuring shields... read more April 17, 2015 by 

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Fiat Chrysler Hit With Nearly $150 Million Fine For Jeep Grand Cherokee Death

Late last week, a jury in Decatur, Georgia found Chrysler Group LLC (now, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) guilty for the 2012 death of four-year-old Remington Walden. Walden died... read more April 6, 2015 by 

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Insurance Companies Sued For Forcing Garages To Make Shoddy Repairs With Cheap Parts

Americans are wary of insurance companies. In fact, a recent Gallup poll about trustworthy professions put insurance agents near the bottom of the "trusted" list, besting... read more February 18, 2015 by 

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Lawsuits: Ignition-Related Recalls Cut GM Cars' Trade-In Value

General Motors [NYSE: GM] has been hit with two lawsuits that seek class-action status and allege that the owners of vehicles affected by GM's ignition-related recalls have... read more October 16, 2014 by 

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Judge Cuts Hyundai's Fine To $73 Million In Montana Wrongful Death Suit

In May of this year, a jury in Montana ruled against Hyundai, siding with the families of two teenage boys who died in a 2005 Hyundai Tiburon. The jury set a massive, $240... read more September 24, 2014 by 

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New Jersey Dealers Pay $1.8 Million To Settle Consumer Complaints About Deceptive Practices

When it comes to honesty and ethics, car dealers don't score well with consumers. On a scale of one to 100, American recently rated dealers a nine, just above members of... read more July 15, 2014 by 

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Hyundai Hit With $240 Million Fine In Wrongful Death Suit, Plans To Appeal

With all the attention-grabbing lawsuits being aimed at General Motors right now, it's easy to forget that every automaker spends a significant amount of time in court... read more May 15, 2014 by 

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Federal Judge Could Force GM To Park All Vehicles Involved In Switchgate

The fate of 2.59 million flawed automobiles could be determined in Corpus Christi, Texas today. According to Bloomberg, that's where U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos... read more April 3, 2014 by 

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Toyota Recall Fiasco Finally Nearing An End As Company Agrees To $1 Billion Settlement

In 2010, Toyota was on the tip of everyone's tongue -- not because of some stellar new products or sky-high safety ratings, but because of massive Toyota and Lexus recalls... read more February 11, 2014 by 

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Missouri Judge Says, 'Yes, You Have A Right To Warn Other Drivers About Speed Traps'

Over the past couple of years, drivers in Florida and Texas have been ticketed for notifying their fellow motorists about speed traps. In Florida, Ryan Kintner simply flashed... read more February 5, 2014 by 

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Toyota Prevails In Important Unintended Acceleration Lawsuit

It's been a good news/bad news week for Toyota in the courts. On the bad news front, Toyota is being sued for its flop of a collision-avoidance system. The good news? In a... read more October 11, 2013 by 

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Toyota Prius V Owners Sue Over Flawed Pre-Collision System

Last month, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety unveiled the results of a new testing program designed to put collision-avoidance systems through the wringer. Some... read more October 10, 2013 by 

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20 Parts-Makers Fined $1.6 Billion For Fixing Prices & Making Cars Pricey

No doubt about it: cars are expensive. Along with your home and your education, a car is one of the most expensive investments you'll ever make. Unfortunately, some of us... read more September 27, 2013 by 

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Rearview Cameras Still Delayed, Consumer Groups Sue DOT

The Department of Transportation (DOT) is the target of a lawsuit filed today in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, in New York, by safety advocates and two... read more September 25, 2013 by 

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Toyota Reaches $1.63 Billion Deal To Settle Sudden Acceleration Claims

Back in December, we told you that Toyota had offered to fork over $1.1 billion to settle lawsuits over allegations of unintended acceleration in Toyota and Lexus vehicles... read more July 19, 2013 by  2


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