Mass. AG Coakley suing car dealer
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (Legal Newsline) - Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley announced a lawsuit on Tuesday against a former Northampton car dealer, its owner and its manager for allegedly selling vehicles without delivering titles. Northampton Motor Classics LLC, Andrew Feuerstein, the company's owner, and Michael Dale, the company's manager, allegedly violated the state's consumer protection laws by selling vehicles without delivering titles, failing to buy service contracts for consumers who paid for them, instructing consumers to use dealer plates illegally while waiting for vehicles to be registered and failing to pay off loans on trade-in vehicles after the sales. "Consumers make a substantial investment when purchasing motor vehicles and they rely on them for essential activities every day," Coakley said. "This business misled consumers by selling vehicles it could not deliver titles for, leaving consumers stranded with cars they could not use and without the funds to purchase another." Judge Mary-Lou Rup issued a preliminary injunction against the defendants on Nov. 19. Under the terms of the preliminary injunction, the defendants are prohibited from engaging in the automobile sales business and disposing of or transferring assets. Coakley's office is seeking restitution for approximately 16 consumers allegedly harmed by the practices of the business in addition to civil penalties.