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Jim Burke Automotive, Inc.; Proposed Consent Order To Aid Public Comment

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Jim Burke Automotive, Inc.; Proposed Consent Order To Aid Public Comment

Donald S. Clark
Federal Trade Commission
April 1, 2015


[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 62 (Wednesday, April 1, 2015)]
[Notices]
[Pages 17434-17435]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-07409]


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FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION

[File No. 152 3036]


Jim Burke Automotive, Inc.; Proposed Consent Order To Aid Public 
Comment

AGENCY: Federal Trade Commission.

ACTION: Proposed Consent Agreement.

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SUMMARY: The consent agreement in this matter settles alleged 
violations of federal law prohibiting unfair or deceptive acts or 
practices. The attached Analysis to Aid Public Comment describes both 
the allegations in the draft complaint and the terms of the consent 
order--embodied in the consent agreement--that would settle these 
allegations.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before April 27, 2015.

ADDRESSES: Interested parties may file a comment at https://ftcpublic.commentworks.com/ftc/jimburkeconsent online or on paper, by 
following the instructions in the Request for Comment part of the 
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below. Write ``Jim Burke Automotive, 
Inc.--Consent Agreement; File No. 1523036'' on your comment and file 
your comment online at https://ftcpublic.commentworks.com/ftc/jimburkeconsent by following the instructions on the web-based form. If 
you prefer to file your comment on paper, write ``Jim Burke Automotive, 
Inc.--Consent Agreement; File No. 1523036'' on your comment and on the 
envelope, and mail your comment to the following address: Federal Trade 
Commission, Office of the Secretary, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Suite 
CC-5610 (Annex D), Washington, DC 20580, or deliver your comment to the 
following address: Federal Trade Commission, Office of the Secretary, 
Constitution Center, 400 7th Street SW., 5th Floor, Suite 5610 (Annex 
D), Washington, DC 20024.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sana Chriss, Southeast Regional 
Office, (404) 656-1364, 225 Peachtree Street NE., Suite 1500, Atlanta, 
Georgia 30303.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to Section 6(f) of the Federal 
Trade Commission Act, 15 U.S.C. 46(f), and FTC Rule 2.34, 16 CFR 2.34, 
notice is hereby given that the above-captioned consent agreement 
containing consent order to cease and desist, having been filed with 
and accepted, subject to final approval, by the Commission, has been 
placed on the public record for a period of thirty (30) days. The 
following Analysis to Aid Public Comment describes the terms of the 
consent agreement, and the allegations in the complaint. An electronic 
copy of the full text of the consent agreement package can be obtained 
from the FTC Home Page (for March 26, 2015), on the World Wide Web at: 
http://www.ftc.gov/os/actions.shtm.
    You can file a comment online or on paper. For the Commission to 
consider your comment, we must receive it on or before April 27, 2015. 
Write ``Jim Burke Automotive, Inc.--Consent Agreement; File No. 
1523036'' on your comment. Your comment--including your name and your 
state--will be placed on the public record of this proceeding, 
including, to the extent practicable, on the public Commission Web 
site, at http://www.ftc.gov/os/publiccomments.shtm. As a matter of 
discretion, the Commission tries to remove individuals' home contact 
information from comments before placing them on the Commission Web 
site.
    Because your comment will be made public, you are solely 
responsible for making sure that your comment does not include any 
sensitive personal information, like anyone's Social Security number, 
date of birth, driver's license number or other state identification 
number or foreign country equivalent, passport number, financial 
account number, or credit or debit card number. You are also solely 
responsible for making sure that your comment does not include any 
sensitive health information, like medical records or other 
individually identifiable health information. In addition, do not 
include any ``[t]rade secret or any commercial or financial information 
which . . . is privileged or confidential,'' as discussed in Section 
6(f) of the FTC Act, 15 U.S.C. 46(f), and FTC Rule 4.10(a)(2), 16 CFR 
4.10(a)(2). In particular, do not include competitively sensitive 
information such as costs, sales statistics, inventories, formulas, 
patterns, devices, manufacturing processes, or customer names.
    If you want the Commission to give your comment confidential 
treatment, you must file it in paper form, with a request for 
confidential treatment, and you have to follow the procedure explained 
in FTC Rule 4.9(c), 16 CFR 4.9(c).\1\ Your comment will be kept 
confidential only if the FTC General Counsel, in his or her sole 
discretion, grants your request in accordance with the law and the 
public interest.
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    \1\ In particular, the written request for confidential 
treatment that accompanies the comment must include the factual and 
legal basis for the request, and must identify the specific portions 
of the comment to be withheld from the public record. See FTC Rule 
4.9(c), 16 CFR 4.9(c).
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    Postal mail addressed to the Commission is subject to delay due to 
heightened security screening. As a result, we encourage you to submit 
your comments online. To make sure that the Commission considers your 
online comment, you must file it at https://ftcpublic.commentworks.com/ftc/jimburkeconsent by following the instructions on the web-based 
form. If this Notice appears at http://www.regulations.gov/#!home, you 
also may file a comment through that Web site.
    If you file your comment on paper, write ``Jim Burke Automotive, 
Inc.--Consent Agreement; File No. 1523036'' on your comment and on the 
envelope, and mail your comment to the following address: Federal Trade 
Commission, Office of the Secretary, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Suite 
CC-5610 (Annex D), Washington, DC 20580, or deliver your comment to the 
following address: Federal Trade Commission, Office of the Secretary, 
Constitution Center, 400 7th Street SW., 5th Floor, Suite 5610 (Annex 
D), Washington, DC 20024. If possible, submit your paper comment to the 
Commission by courier or overnight service.
    Visit the Commission Web site at http://www.ftc.gov to read this 
Notice and the news release describing it. The FTC Act and other laws 
that the Commission administers permit the collection of public 
comments to consider and use in this proceeding as appropriate. The 
Commission will consider all timely and responsive public comments that 
it receives on or before April 27, 2015. You can find more information, 
including routine uses permitted by the Privacy Act, in the 
Commission's privacy policy, at http://www.ftc.gov/ftc/privacy.htm.

Analysis of Proposed Consent Order To Aid Public Comment

    The Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'') has accepted, subject to 
final approval, an agreement containing a consent order from Jim Burke 
Automotive, Inc., also doing business as Jim Burke Nissan. The proposed 
consent order has been placed on the public record for thirty (30) days 
for receipt of comments by interested persons. Comments received during 
this period will become part of the public record.

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After thirty (30) days, the FTC will again review the agreement and the 
comments received, and will decide whether it should withdraw from the 
agreement and take appropriate action or make final the agreement's 
proposed order.
    The respondent is a motor vehicle dealer. This matter involves the 
respondent's advertising of the purchase and financing of its motor 
vehicles. According to the FTC's complaint, the respondent has 
advertised that vehicles are available for purchase at the prices 
prominently advertised when in fact, the complaint alleges, consumers 
must pay an additional $3,000 to purchase the advertised vehicles. The 
complaint alleges therefore that the representations are false or 
misleading in violation of Section 5 of the FTC Act.
    The complaint further alleges that the respondent has advertised 
that specific discounts, rebates, bonuses, or incentives are generally 
available to consumers, when in fact, according to the complaint, they 
are not generally available to consumers. The complaint alleges 
therefore that the representations are false or misleading in violation 
of Section 5 of the FTC Act.
    In addition, the complaint alleges that the respondent violated the 
Truth in Lending Act (``TILA'') and Regulation Z by failing to disclose 
or disclose clearly and conspicuously certain costs and terms when 
advertising credit.
    The proposed order is designed to prevent the respondent from 
engaging in similar deceptive practices in the future. Part I.A of the 
proposed order prohibits the respondent from misrepresenting the cost 
of: (1) Purchasing a vehicle with financing, including but not 
necessarily limited to the amount or percentage of the down payment, 
the number of payments or period of repayment, the amount of any 
payment, and the repayment obligation over the full term of the loan, 
including any balloon payment; or (2) leasing a vehicle, including but 
not limited to the total amount due at lease inception, the down 
payment, amount down, acquisition fee, capitalized cost reduction, any 
other amount required to be paid at lease inception, and the amounts of 
all monthly or other periodic payments. Part I.B prohibits the 
respondent from misrepresenting any other material fact about the 
price, sale, financing, or leasing of any vehicle.
    Part II.A of the proposed order prohibits respondent from 
representing that a discount, rebate, bonus, incentive or price is 
available to consumers unless, it is available to all consumers and for 
all vehicles advertised; or the representation clearly and 
conspicuously discloses all material qualifications or restrictions, if 
any, including but not limited to qualifications or restrictions on: 
(a) A consumer's ability to obtain the discount, rebate, bonus, 
incentive or price and (b) the vehicles available at the discount, 
rebate, bonus, incentive or price. Part II.B prohibits respondent from 
misrepresenting: (1) The existence or amount of any discount, rebate, 
bonus, incentive or price; (2) the existence, price, value, coverage, 
or features of any product or service associated with the motor vehicle 
purchase; (3) the number of vehicles available at particular prices; or 
4) any other material fact about the price, sale, financing, or leasing 
of motor vehicles.
    Part III of the proposed order addresses the TILA allegation. Part 
III.A requires the respondent to make all of the disclosures required 
by TILA and Regulation Z when any of its advertisements state relevant 
triggering terms. It also requires that if any finance charge is 
advertised, the rate be stated as an ``annual percentage rate'' using 
that term or the abbreviation ``APR.'' In addition, Part III.C 
prohibits the respondent from failing to comply in any respect with 
TILA and Regulation Z.
    Part IV of the proposed order requires respondent to keep copies of 
relevant advertisements and materials substantiating claims made in the 
advertisements. Part V requires that respondent provide copies of the 
order to certain of its personnel. Part VI requires notification to the 
Commission regarding changes in corporate structure that might affect 
compliance obligations under the order. Part VII requires the 
respondent to file compliance reports with the Commission. Finally, 
Part VIII is a provision ``sunsetting'' the order after twenty (20) 
years, with certain exceptions.
    The purpose of this analysis is to aid public comment on the 
proposed order. It is not intended to constitute an official 
interpretation of the complaint or proposed order, or to modify in any 
way the proposed order's terms.

    By direction of the Commission.
Donald S. Clark,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2015-07409 Filed 3-31-15; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 6750-01-P



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