Case Conclusion Date: 01.18.2013
Practice Area: Consumer protection
Outcome: $85,000 settlement for consumer in auto fraud case where dealership concealed odometer discrepancies in title history of 2004 Kia Optima
Description: Area dealership advertised and sold a "low mileage" Kia Optima with only 33,600 miles. Consumer later learned the car had nearly twice that mileage. Kia of West Chester knew this because it pulled 2 CarFaxes before sale reflecting "odometer discrepancy" and higher mileage titles - but deliberately concealed and hid this important information from the buyer. The federal district court ruled the facts supported the consumer's claims under federal and state odometer acts and for statutory and common law fraud under PA law. The court also refused the dealership's request to send the case to non-judicial arbitration. On the eve of trial, we were able to obtain an excellent settlement for the consumer in this auto fraud case.