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Massachusetts AG Announces Settlement with Used Car Dealership for Alleged Deceptive Sales Practices

On November 19, 2019, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office (AG) announced that it had settled its investigation into a used car dealership’s allegedly unfair and deceptive sales practices in violation of the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act. The AG alleged that the Massachusetts​ car dealership​ and its owner misrepresented material information about…

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California AG Files Suit Against Auto Dealership Over Allegedly Fraudulent Conduct

​On September 23, the California Attorney General’s Office (AG) announced that it had filed a complaint against a network of auto dealerships and its chief executive, alleging that they targeted low-income consumers with subprime credit using false advertising promising fictitiously low interest rates; made false statements on credit applications to…

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Maryland AG Files Administrative Charges Against Company Accused of Making Usurious Loans

On April 11, 2019, the Maryland Attorney General’s Office (AG) announced that the AG’s Consumer Protection Division had filed charges against affiliated businesses and their owner (defendants) alleging that they had made unlicensed and usurious consumer loans in the form of “title loans” or “title pawns” secured by Maryland consumers’…

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Delaware and Massachusetts AGs Settle with Auto Finance Company Over Alleged Unfair Lending

On April 8, the Delaware and Massachusetts Attorney Generals’ Offices (AGs) announced that they had entered into settlements with an auto loan finance company. The AGs alleged that the auto lender facilitated the origination of subprime auto loans that violated state consumer protection laws by funding and securitizing loans that consumers could not…

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NJ AG Files Suit Against Two Auto Lenders Over Alleged Predatory Conduct

​On March 7, the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office (AG) announced that it had filed a complaint​ against two so-called “Buy Here-Pay Here” auto dealerships, alleging that they targeted vulnerable consumers by selling them high-mileage, used autos at grossly inflated prices; financed the sales through in-house loans with high interest rates that…

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CFPB Settles Claims That Company Failed to Disclose Auto Loan Add-On and Extension Terms

​On November 20, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced a settlement with a Texas-based financial services company, resolving allegations that the company violated sections 1031 and 1036 of the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 (CFPA), 12 U.S.C. §§ 5531, 5536​. Specifically, the CFPB alleged that the company engaged in deceptive…

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