Massachusetts accuses used car dealership of predatory practices

By Mark Iandolo | Oct 10, 2017

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced a lawsuit Sept. 26 against used car dealership JD Byrider, alleging predatory practices.

According to Healey’s office, JD Byrider sold defective vehicles with high cost loans at four locations in the state. The company would purportedly take advantage of consumers, trapping them in sales packages that in reality were unsustainable. JD Byrider’s packages involved poor quality cars and high cost loans, together with an expensive extended service contract. The company often priced its cars at more than double their actual retail value.

“We allege that JD Byrider ripped off Massachusetts drivers by offering predatory loans for defective and inoperable cars,” Healey said. “Our goal in this lawsuit is to recover losses to Massachusetts consumers and make this company pay for the harm they caused to thousands of drivers across this state.”

Handling the case for Massachusetts are assistant attorneys general Lisa Dyen, Samantha Shusterman and deputy chief Shennan Kavanagh of the Consumer Protection Division, and Gary Klein, senior trial counsel in the Public Protection and Advocacy Bureau. Paralegal Gabrielle Crossnoe and civil investigator Ciara Tran also assisted.

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