North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein has announced a settlement with Hopkins and Raines, Inc. and Pro Automotive, LLC over deceptive auto dealer advertisements. The North Carolina Department of Justice had previously investigated Hopkins and Raines and entered into an agreement with it in 2011 to prohibit the company from doing business in North Carolina. Today’s news comes after the Attorney General’s Office sued the companies for violating that agreement and North Carolina’s consumer protection laws.
“It is illegal to use advertising to trick people into thinking they’re getting a better deal than they actually are,” said Attorney General Stein. “My office will continue to hold companies who mislead people accountable for their actions.”
The settlement with Hopkins and Raines, Inc. requires payment of $89,746 to North Carolina. That money will go to the General Fund.