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In Pannetta v. Milford Chrysler Sales Inc., 2015 WL 1296736 (E.D.Pa. 2015), Judge Pappert found no TILA liability against a holder of a vehicle RISC, despite the egregious facts pleaded.  The facts alleged were as follows. The events giving rise to this suit began when Pannetta received a mail solicitation from Milford and MOA. (FAC ¶ 14.) The solicitation stated that Pannetta… Read More

In Durocher v. Westborn Chrysler Jeep Inc., 2014 WL 5162384 (Mich.App. 2014), the Michigan Court of Appeal found in an unpublished case that a Plaintiff could state a case through trial for violation of state law by concealing negative equity in the purchase price of a vehicle notwithstanding representations to the contrary. Durocher testified that Westborn represented that he would… Read More

In Raceway Ford Cases, --- Cal.Rptr.3d ----, 2014 WL 4589808 (Cal.App. 4 Dist. 2014), the Court of Appeal reversed the trial court's finding in favor of defendant car dealer as to backdating claims, but remanded to the trial court to determine whether the action could still be maintained as a class action.  The Court of Appeal's decision is important because of its… Read More

In Bengal Motor Co., Ltd. v. Cuello, --- So.3d ----, 2013 WL 1980147 (Fla.App. 3 Dist. 2013), the Florida Court of Appeal found that a car dealer violated TILA by having the customer sign a RISC, but also 2 other documents stating that consummation was conditioned on the dealer securing financing.  The facts were as follows: Cuello sought to buy… Read More

In Robinson v. Point One Toyota, Evanston --- N.E.2d ----, 2012 IL App (1st) 111889, 2012 WL 6725904 (Ill.App. 1 Dist. 2012), the Illinois Court of Appeal found that an automobile lease complied with Regulation M: [The Plaintiffs] maintain that, as a matter of law, their lease agreements violated the disclosure requirements of the CLR and Regulation M in that default… Read More

In Stevenson v. American Honda Finance Corp., 2012 WL 6672848 (D.N.J. 2012), Judge Pisano found no liability for an automobile finance company's acceptance of a RISC that contained a miscalculated "Credit Inquiry Fee". In May 2011, Plaintiff entered into a retail installment sales contract (the “RISC”) with non-party Honda Universe for the financed purchase of a 2009 Honda Civic.  The RISC, which… Read More

In Limtiaco v. Auction Cars.com, LLC, 2012 WL 4911726 (D.Nev. 2012), Judge Du found that a car dealer’s failure to sell a vehicle at market price constituted a hidden finance charge under TILA, even though the RISC did not finance any part of the purchase. On July 24, 2010, Limtiaco entered into a Motor Vehicle Purchase Order and Federal Disclosure… Read More

In  Davis v. HSBC Bank Nevada, N.A., --- F.3d ----, 2012 WL 3804370 (9th Cir. 2012), the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that a credit card company’s on-line TILA disclosures identifying that an annual fee would be required provided a safe-harbor against a false advertising claim based on a claim that a retailer’s advertisements failed to disclose… Read More

In Owen v. Jim Allee Imports, Inc., --- S.W.3d ----, 2012 WL 3755750 (Tex.App.-Dallas 2012), the Texas Court of Appeal held (again) that it was so well-settled and proper for a car dealer to roll trade-in negative equity into the purchase price of the RISC that a Plaintiff’s counsel should be sanctioned for arguing otherwise. In Bledsoe, this Court considered… Read More

In Aleman v. Ellington Auto Sales & Financing, LLC, 2012 WL 3611212 (D.Conn. 2012), Judge Underhill found that a downpayment on a car evidence by a note was not a deferred down-payment under TILA, but rather was permitted under Reg. Z’s allowance of a creditor to disclose the terms of the Note separately from the disclosures pertaining to the RISC. … Read More

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