Share your car dealership tale with FTC

  • Article by: ON YOUR SIDE CONSUMER ALERTS
  • Updated: March 3, 2012 - 4:39 PM

Do you feel your car dealer took you for a ride? Did your purchase or lease of a vehicle from a dealership conclude without a hitch? No matter how the transaction went, the Federal Trade Commission wants to know about it, including any details on financing.

Dealer financing has its benefits but "could potentially involve unfair or deceptive practices," the commission said.

The FTC is studying consumer protection issues related to buying, leasing or financing a vehicle through a dealership.

Mail your comments to: Federal Trade Commission, Office of the Secretary, Room H-113 (Annex V), 600 Pennsylvania Av. NW., Washington, DC 20580, or submit a comment via www.startribune.com/a1074.

All comments must be received by April 1.

Lawyer suspended

An Alexandria, Minn., lawyer is suspended for at least a year starting on Tuesday after she failed to give a client a final bill and did not fully release the client's settlement funds.

The funds were held by the lawyer, Susan R. Anderson, in a trust account pending a final bill, according to an order made public by the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility last month.

Anderson's reinstatement will be contingent on showing that she returned all unearned funds to the client, the Supreme Court ruled. She was told to pay a $900 fine.

JANE FRIEDMANN

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