How to Incorporate Auto Fraud into Your Practice

Webinar Date: 
January 9, 2013
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This webinar will cover the following topics that always come up in an auto fraud practice:

  • Necessity to understand Lemon laws, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and Fair Credit Reporting Act
  • What factors to consider in deciding to take a case  (controlling you desire to help and managing client expectations)
  • Necessity for competent assistants
  • How to properly handle the intake
  • When to settle
  • Understanding the sale process and profit centers of a car dealership
  • Investigation techniques
  • Wreck damage cases
  • Hiring experts
  • Liability of remote sellers
  • Certified Used Car Sales
  • UDAP statutes and how to use them
  • Cure Offers and Rule 68 Offers of judgment
  • What Odometer Fraud cases NOT to take
  • Fraudulent financing clams
  • Yo Yo sales
  • Examining the documents in the transaction
  • When to file suit
  • Statutes of limitations for fraud, breach of warranty, other consumer statutes, and TILA
  • Dealer bonds, and state statutes compensating victims of auto dealer fraud


John Cole Gayle, Jr. founded his law firm, The Consumer Law Group, P.C. of Richmond, Virginia, in 2001. He is a nationally known expert on Consumer Law. He has concentrated his practice in consumer law for over twenty five years. His practice primarily involves the Lemon Law, fraudulent contracts, consumer credit problems and he has an active Fair Debt Collection Practices Act practice as well. He is author of the 1988, 1990, & 1998 legislative amendments of the Motor Vehicle Warranty Enforcement Act (Va.’s lemon law), he has written articles on Virginia's Lemon Law for various periodicals, is writing a chapter onm statutory basis of liability for the Virginia Product Liability Treatise, to be published next year, he has testified before the Virginia General Assembly General Laws Subcommittee regarding the amendments to the Virginia Consumer Protection Act (VCPA)(Va.’s UDAP) and the Senate Courts Committee on amendments to the VCPA, he is a frequent teacher for continuing legal education programs on consumer law, lemon law, and litigation for the Virginia CLE , he has lectured on miscellaneous automobile issues at the 1998 & 1999, 2004, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013 Annual Consumer Rights Conference put on by the National Consumer Law Center and the National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA), on Lemon Law, Auto Fraud, Arbitration, and How to Develop a Successful Consumer Practice. Mr. Gayle has appeared on local and national TV and radio programs on numerous occasions, and appeared on ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings in March, 2005 regarding the problems with arbitration agreements, in a news piece entitled, “The Fine Print”.


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