BALTIMORE — A Maryland online auto parts retailer has settled allegations from the state of violating the Consumer Protection Act, according to the Maryland Attorney General's Office.
Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh alleged Maryland Speed LLC took payments for auto parts that were never distributed to the customers who placed the orders. According to Frosh's office, nearly 700 customers ordered and paid for parts from Maryland Speed that were never received and no refunds were issued. The Attorney General's Office estimates that more than $220,000 is owed in customer refunds.
“This case demonstrates exactly why the Maryland Consumer Protection Act is so important,” Frosh said in a statement. “Without the protections of the act, customers who did not receive purchased goods from Maryland Speed, and were also denied refunds, had little recourse. Affected customers will now be able to obtain some restitution.”
According to the settlement, Maryland Speed must cease from selling parts it can't deliver and will pay a $100,000 "surety bond" to the state's Consumer Protection Division in order to continue doing business in Maryland, the Attorney General's Office said.