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Pennsylvania targets auto business for allegedly selling unlicensed vehicles

By Mark Iandolo | Jan 10, 2017

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Legal Newsline) — Pennsylvania Attorney General Bruce R. Beemer announced Jan. 3 that his office has filed 29 legal actions against individuals and automobile businesses that allegedly engaged in unlicensed car sales, selling un-roadworthy vehicles and publishing deceptive advertisements.


Beemer’s office also issued 130 warning letters to auto dealers about their advertising and sales practices. The legal actions and warnings went out to individuals and businesses in the counties of Allegheny, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Philadelphia and Lackawanna, among others. The actions are the result of a statewide initiative aimed at finding deceptive business practices among automobile dealers.


As part of the initiative, agents from the Bureau of Consumer Protection reviewed online, television, radio and other advertisements created by individuals and businesses in the auto industry. The agents did so to ensure the organizations comply with relevant federal and state laws.


This initiative was led by deputy attorney general Nicole R. DiTomo of the Bureau of Consumer Protection. The initiative is expected to continue in 2017.

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