NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) - Two Staten Island residents are suing a used car dealership, its owner and its president over claims of unlawful and deceptive sales practices.
Isaac Labidou and Olivia Salabarria, individually and for all others similarly situated, filed a class action lawsuit Jan. 28 in U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey against Fleet Lease Network, doing business as New Jersey Auto Auction, Lazlo Ember and Loucas Stylianou, alleging violations of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Advertising Practices Regulations; the Consumer Fraud Act; the Truth-in-Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act; the Automotive Sales Practices Regulation; and the Used Car Lemon Law Regulations.
The suit alleges the defendants sold vehicles at a base price in excess of advertised prices and misrepresented and overcharged for official registration, title and license plate fees.
The suit also alleges the defendants failed to provide the written short-term warranty, as required by the New Jersey Used Car Lemon Law.
The plaintiffs and others in the class seek actual and statutory damages, injunctive relief, interests, attorney fees and costs of the suit. They are represented by attorney Mariel Mercado-Guevara of The Wolf Law Firm in North Brunswick, New Jersey, and by attorney Christopher J. McGinn of The Law Office of Christopher J. McGinn in Highland Park, New Jersey.
The defendant filed to transfer the case to federal court because there is minimum diversity of citizenship among the parties, the putative class exceeds 100 members and the matter in controversy exceeds $5 million.
U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey Case number 2:16-CV-00502-WJM-MF