LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) — Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced a consumer protection lawsuit Dec. 17 against multiple automotive retailers and their owners and officers for allegations of violating the state’s Deceptive Trade Practices Act.
The defendants in the case
are northwest Arkansas-based Vancurens Auto Sales LLC, Infinity Auto Sales
Inc., Infinity Towing and Recovery Inc., John Michael Vancuren, Michelle Nicole
Vancuren and their officers.
According to Rutledge, these
defendants acted in concert to deceive consumers, the defendants allegedly
tricked consumers into taking out multiple third-party loans to buy used
vehicles. They also purportedly failed to apply the proceeds of returned
vehicles to outstanding loan principals and towed and repossessed vehicles by pressuring
“The Vancurens are swindling
consumers by accepting vehicles on trade while not paying prior lienholders,” Rutledge
said. “These types of deceitful actions by an Arkansas business, which harms
customers and the overall business community, cannot stand.”
Rutledge’s office filed the
lawsuit in Pulaski County Circuit Court. The suit seeks civil penalties,
restitution for consumers, attorney fees, court costs and additional relief.