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FTC Announces Nationwide Sweep Targeting Deceptive Auto Dealer Ads

On January 9, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission and the County of Los Angeles Department of Consumer Affairs held a press conference announcing a nationwide enforcement action targeting deceptive auto dealer advertisements. The enforcement action, dubbed "Operation Steer Clear," resulted in the voluntary settlement of complaints against nine dealerships. Arent Fox counsel and Auto Advisory Services' president, Rob Cohen, (who previously participated in a FTC roundtable discussion on consumer issues in motor vehicle finance and leasing contexts) attended the press conference.

"Using deceptive ads is a practice that auto dealers should steer clear of and by announcing these cases, we hope to bring attention to these tactics," said Jessica Rich, the FTC's Director of Consumer Protection. Ms. Rich then went on to name the 10 dealerships involved. Four of the dealerships named are located in California, only two of which are new car dealerships.

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California Expands Scope of Online Data Privacy

On January 1, Senate Bill 46 and Assembly Bill 370 took effect, expanding the scope of online data protection and notice requirements in California.
 

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UAW sets up organizing committee at Tesla Fremont factory

UAW sets up organizing committee at Tesla's Fremont factory.

[AutoBlogGreen]

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U.S./Canada Border

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in partnership with Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) concluded a five month pilot test of cargo pre-inspection that may speed border procedures for NA auto and auto parts producers. The truck cargo pre-inspection pilot began on June 18, 2013 at the Pacific Highway crossing adjacent to Surrey, British Columbia (BC). 

Read more at U.S. Customs and Border Protection

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A first strike on dealer reserve

The 3-year-old Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the U.S. Department of Justice last week announced a $98 million settlement with Ally Financial Inc. to resolve claims that Ally's method of compensating dealers had resulted in loans with higher interest rates for minority buyers.

[Automotive News]

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Ally, U.S. reach $98M settlement over lending bias

Auto lender Ally Financial Inc. has agreed to pay $98 million to resolve claims that its manner of paying dealers for arranging contracts led minority car buyers into car loans with higher interest rates.

[Automotive News]

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NHTSA to roll out smart car plans

The head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says he expects to announce in coming days the agency’s plans on vehicle-to-vehicle communications and advanced braking systems.

[The Detroit News]

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Database tracks parts through auto supply chain

Automotive Industry Action Group is announcing the launch of a new Web-based database for identifying the physical movement of finished goods, parts and materials through the automotive supply chain.

[Crain's Detroit Business]

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Regulatory Updates

12/12/13: “Calif. Do-Not-Track Law Will Have National Impact”

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