Georgia Fraud Lawyer

A recent posting by the Georgia Governor’s Office of Consumer Protection helps provide the answer.  Georgia law requires that certain documents be provided to you in completed form before you sign them.  These include the Bill of Sale, The Retail Installment Sales Contract and the Odometer Statement.  If you live in the metropolitan Atlanta area […]

Many times I get calls from consumers who know that their dealer has defrauded them my misrepresenting the car, or by selling a car without a valid passing emissions certificate, or by selling a car that has title issues and cannot be registered.  These folks are often faced by a finance company that financed the […]

I have posted previously about used car dealers’ use of Carfax to fraudulently sell a wrecked car as not having been wrecked. In this report I want to show an actual example of how this occurs.  A dealer sold the consumer a car as a clean unwrecked car.  The dealer salesman told the consumer the car […]

Georgia Law requires that all sellers of gasoline-powered cars and light-duty trucks (8,500 pounds gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) or less), regardless if they are a private party, dealership or auctioneer, must sell a vehicle with a current, valid passing Georgia Vehicle Emission Inspection Report (VIR) if the buyer is going to register the vehicle […]

We have previously reported about Autofraud involving emissions testing.  In a recent case involving the sale of a used car that did not pass emissions to a consumer that lived in a “clean air” county, the court upheld the consumer assertion that this was an unfair business practice.  In the case of Urbani v. Guaranteed […]

It is our position that there should not be any confidentiality in settlements of auto dealer fraud cases. In the typical consumer case, the auto dealer will want to condition its agreement to pay money to the consumer as compensation or reimbursement for damages caused by the dealer’s wrongful/illegal conduct on the consumer’s agreement not […]

“De-horsing” is a known car dealer coercion technique designed to high pressure a consumer into buying a car NOW. I recently handled an extreme example of de-horsing. In this example the consumer allowed the dealer to take her keys, ostensibly to value her car for a trade in.  The sales staff then refused to return […]

We get hundreds of calls a month from consumers who feel they have been wronged by a dealer. Sometimes there is nothing we can do. Today I received a call from a young lady who had purchased a car from a LaGrange Georgia dealership. The car was a piece of junk and required thousands in […]

Georgia’s new state False Claims Act, effective July 1, 2012, extends well beyond most state “qui tam” laws. Qui tam laws are laws designed to allow citizens to make complaints on behalf of governments seeking to recover monies fraudulently obtained from the governments, most often in billing practices. Importantly, the “Georgia Taxpayer Protection False Claims […]

Today I wish to report on a small victory for the consumer. My consumer client purchased a used car from a Gwinnett County used car dealer. She told the dealer she needed a reliable car. She asked if the specific car had ever been wrecked. She remarked that the paint looked new. The dealer responded […]