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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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If You Have A Fender-Bender On A Test Drive, Who's Liable: You Or The Dealer?

When you're shopping for a new ride, you always take a test drive, right? But what happens if you're in an accident during those 15 or 30 minutes? Who can be sued? That question was recently posed in a Colorado court of law, and as Auto News reports, the dealership was found to be just as liable --...Read More»

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Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Cases From Fiat Chrysler & Ford

In two separate rulings -- or rather, non-rulings -- the Supreme Court of the United States had dealt smackdowns to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Ford Motor Company. According to Detroit News, SCOTUS refused to hear a case from FCA regarding the re-opening of dealerships shuttered in the wake of...Read More»

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Supreme Court Nixes Texas Confederate-Flag License Plates

Specialty license plates have become big business in recent years, but they've brought their share of troubles, too. While some plates feature innocuous school crests or happy, friendly natural landscapes, others court controversy with politically charged slogans. That's made things tough for DMVs...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 it from a number of lawsuits stemming from last year's Switchgate fiasco. Unfortunately for GM, that may not be the end of...Read More»

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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 when a pickup rear-ended the Jeep Grand Cherokee he was riding in, which caused the Grand Cherokee to catch fire. According...Read More»

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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 U.S. Senators, Representatives, and, sadly, car salespeople. A new series of lawsuits against insurers isn't going to do the...Read More»

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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 lost value due to the defect and subsequent recall effort. While a smaller lawsuit could be curbed by a bankruptcy judge, as...Read More»

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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 million penalty, which Hyundai subsequently appealed. According to Auto News, the judge in the case has now cut that fine by...Read More»

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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 Congress (eight) and lobbyists (six). ALSO SEE: Dubious Distinction: California Car Thief Is First Person To Die While Driving A...Read More»

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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, dealing with cases that range from the earnest to the inane. One case that falls into the former camp just wrapped up in Montana...Read More»

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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 is hearing a case against General Motors, and one of the outcomes could be forcing the automaker to tell customers to park...Read More»

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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 affecting millions of vehicles across the country. Those recalls stemmed from numerous complaints of unintended acceleration in...Read More»

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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 his high-beams to oncoming cars -- the international "Police ahead!" signal -- but in Texas, Ron Martin went so far as to...Read More»

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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 completely separate case, a jury in Los Angeles found that the Toyota Camry was not the cause of Noriko Uno's death in 2009...Read More»

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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 performed very well; others, less so. In the latter camp: the Toyota Prius V. According to the IIHS, "The Toyota Prius v wagon...Read More»

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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 have been paying even more for our cars than we should've, and it's because 20 companies that supply parts for those cars have...Read More»

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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 parents who unintentionally backed over their children. The lawsuit asks the court to direct the DOT to issue a backover rule...Read More»

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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 and a subsequent 2010 recall. About half of that money was meant to fix floormat issues and install brake-override systems, but...Read More»

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