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Cleveland Automotive Dealer Attorneys Helping Ohio Businesses Comply with State and Federal Law

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Operating a motor vehicle dealership involves managing numerous compliance pitfall risks. Ohio automotive dealers must comply with many different state laws and numerous federal laws. Gertsburg Law offers a specially tailored internal audit service. This service can help your motor vehicle dealership manage legal compliance proactively and implement necessary policies and processes.

Our Cleveland vehicle dealer lawyers represent motor vehicle dealers’ interests in all facets of dealership operation, including compliance, business transactions, and disputes. We counsel clients on business issues that are unique to car dealers, whether it involves structure, finance, labor relations, advertising, and consumer sales, or other automotive law issues. Gertsburg Law has successfully represented car dealers in civil consumer complaints and responding to Ohio Attorney General investigations.

Ohio automotive dealer laws

Our Cleveland automotive dealer lawyers understand the full range of Ohio laws that dealers must satisfy. You can rely on our team to help you navigate the waters when it comes to compliance with:

  • The Consumer Sales Protection Act. Among other things, this state law identifies:
    • Whether certain business conduct is legal;
    • What companies can and cannot represent in their advertising; and
    • The legal remedies when companies fail to comply with the act.
  • The Retail Installment Sales Act. This Ohio law covers loans that will be paid over time and are typically covered by collateral. In the case of automotive dealers, the law governs appropriate dealer remedies, including repossession when the loan is in default.
  • Ohio Motor Vehicle Title Law. This statute details the requirements for titling automobiles, transferring title, placing liens on the title, and many other legal issues that relate to the ownership of the vehicle.

Our lawyers review the dealer’s business, including business relationships with finance companies, customers, vendors, contractors and employees to fully understand which state laws apply.

Federal automotive dealer laws

Our attorneys counsel our automotive dealer clients on these and other federal laws:

  • Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA). This law, enacted in 1999, requires among other things that companies, such as automotive dealers, that offer financial products or services to consumers explain how the information the company obtains is shared and how sensitive information is safeguarded. Vehicle loans, insurance, and financial advice are covered financial products and services.
  • Truth in Lending Act (TILA). TheTILA protects consumers against untruthful and unfair credit card and credit billing practices. Lenders are required to provide certain information about the true cost of a loan. The TILA is part of the Consumer Credit Protection Act.
  • Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA). The ECOA was enacted in 1974. It protects qualified consumers from discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, age, or sex. Covered consumers include applicants whose income is based on public assistance or who have exercised a right under the Consumer Credit Protection Act. Any company that regularly handles credit decisions is required to comply with the ECOA. Companies that violate Regulation B of the ECOA can face substantial fines and punitive damages, especially if a class action lawsuit is successfully brought.

Automotive dealers must also comply with IRS cash reporting rules and other federal rules and regulations.

Get proactive help by reviewing automotive dealer compliance and labor issues with experienced legal counsel today

Gertsburg Law has a team of experienced lawyers that can help you navigate automotive laws. Our Chagrin Falls and Cleveland vehicle dealer attorneys can help your dealership understand the pitfall risks and guide you through implementing changes before issues arise. Please call us today at 440-683-6383 or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation.

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Whether your company is based in Cleveland, has a branch in Chagrin Falls, serves the country from somewhere else in Ohio, or is located outside of Ohio, the business attorneys at Gertsburg Law are ready to help you navigate the complexities of business transactions and the costs and worries of business litigation. Our partners and associates have the practical, financial, and legal acumen to help all companies succeed and to address any kind of business litigation issues. To speak with one of our Cleveland or Chagrin Falls business lawyers now, please call our firm at 440-683-6383 or complete our contact form to schedule an appointment with our team today.

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