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Supreme Court limits damages for consumers misled by shady auto sales practices

(12/2/2023) - The Associated Press reports today that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that car buyers can only get limited damages when they are misled about automobile loans. According to AP, the justices ruled 8-1 on Tuesday against a Virginia man who alleged he was a victim of unscrupulous tactics by a car dealership in Alexandria, Va.

According to AP, a jury had ordered Koons Buick Pontiac GMC Inc. to pay Bradley Nigh more than $24,000 in damages, but the high court said he was entitled to no more than $1,000 under the federal Truth in Lending Act. According to AP, Nigh brought suit after he put money down on a truck, signed a sales contract and drove it home the same day. Nigh was later told that he must put down an additional $2,000 to get a loan. Nigh tried to back out when the dealer called him a third time and allegedly threatened to have him arrested for auto theft if he did not sign a different contract, according to reports..

The case is Koons Buick Pontiac GMC v. Bradley Nigh.

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