NYC Car Dealers Sue City Over $3M Consumer Violation Fine

By Reenat Sinay (May 21, 2019, 9:34 PM EDT) -- A group of affiliated car dealerships petitioned a New York state court Tuesday to vacate fines of nearly $3.2 million levied against them earlier this year in administrative proceedings that found they ripped off vulnerable customers by using deceptive and illegal trade practices.

Administrative Law Judge Alessandra F. Zorgniotti of the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings determined in January that Queens-based Major World, one of New York City's largest used-car dealerships, along with several related dealerships, targeted low-income and largely Hispanic and non-English-speaking consumers with tactics such as falsifying their credit applications and saddling them with overpriced loans.

The dealerships brought...

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