On Tuesday, we sued a used car dealership in Jacksonville for alleged violations of Florida's consumer protection law. The defendants, Beach Boulevard Automotive, Inc., Beach Boulevard Auto Finance, Inc., John King, Sr., and Barbara King, are accused of unfair and deceptive business practices. The lawsuit seeks restitution for harmed consumers, civil penalties of up to $15,000 per violation, attorneys fees and costs, and injunctive relief.
According to some complaints, this business tracked consumers down using GPS devices and then repossessed vehicles even though consumers were current on payments. Other complaints against the company include posting false reviews on the Internet, keeping consumers' deposits without adequate disclosure, and selling motor vehicle retail installment contracts without a license.
Nearly 80 consumers filed complaints with our office. My priority in this case is to return money to harmed consumers through restitution and to halt any fraudulent business practices.