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United States v. Integrity Asset Management LLC (W.D. Tx.)

On September 2, 2022, the court entered a consent order in United States vs. Integrity Asset Management, LLC (W.D. Tex.). The complaint, which was filed on August 19, 2022, alleged that the defendant, a company that manages approximately 55 multi-family apartment properties in and around El Paso, Texas,  violated the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) by charging unlawful fees to servicemembers who terminated their residential leases early and by denying other servicemembers’ requests to terminate their leases. The consent order requires the defendant to pay a total of $107,000 in monetary relief: $45,325 to affected servicemembers and a $62,029 civil penalty to the United States. The order also requires the defendant to repair the servicemembers’ credit, provide SCRA training to its employees, and develop new policies and procedures consistent with the SCRA.

Press Release (8/18/2022)

Texas, Western District
Complaint
Settlement/Consent Decree
United States vs. Chesapeake Coveside Lane Apartments Property Owner, LLC, et al. (E.D. Va.)

On September 14, 2022, the court entered a consent order in United States vs. Chesapeake Coveside Lane Apartments Property Owner, LLC, et al. (E.D. Va.). The complaint, which was filed on August 8, 2022, alleges that the defendants violated the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) by obtaining unlawful court judgments against military tenants at the Hideaway at Greenbrier Luxury Apartment Homes in Chesapeake, Virginia, and the Chase Arbor Apartments in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Chesapeake Coveside Lane Apartments Property Owner, LLC and Chase Arbor Apartments Property Owner, LLC are both named as defendants in the case. The consent order requires the defendants to pay a total of $225,000 in monetary relief: $162,971 to affected servicemembers and a $62,029 civil penalty to the United States. The order also requires the defendants to vacate the judgments, repair the servicemembers’ credit, provide SCRA training to their employees, and develop new policies and procedures consistent with the SCRA. The owners must also reimburse affected servicemembers for any amounts collected pursuant to an unlawful judgment.

Press Release (8/8/2022)

 

Virginia, Eastern District
Complaint
Settlement/Consent Decree
United States v. Prince George County, Virginia Virginia, Eastern District
Settlement/Consent Decree
United States v. Steve's Towing, Inc. (E. D. Va.)

On April 15, 2022, the United States filed a complaint in United States v. Steve’s Towing, Inc. (E.D. Va.), alleging that a Virginia Beach based towing company violated the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) by auctioning off vehicles belonging to at least seven servicemembers without first obtaining the required court orders.  One of the vehicles has been valued at more than $50,000, and was towed from a military base while its owner was deployed overseas.

Press Release - (04/15/2022)

 

Virginia, Eastern District
Complaint
United States v. Bayport Credit Union (E.D. Va.)

On March 18, 2022 the court entered a consent order in United States v. BayPort Credit Union (E.D. Va.).  The complaint, which was filed on March 10, 2022, alleges that a credit union failed to cap servicemembers’ interest rates for pre-service loans at 6% and repossessed servicemembers’ motor vehicles without the required court orders.  The consent order requires BayPort to pay $69,443.10 to 24 servicemembers and pay a $40,000 civil penalty.  The agreement also includes changes in BayPort’s SCRA interest rate benefit and repossession policies and employee training.

Press Release - (03/18/2022)

Virginia, Eastern District
Complaint
Settlement/Consent Decree
United States v. Santander Consumer USA, Inc. d/b/a Chrysler Capital (N.D. Tex.)

On October 1, 2021, the court entered a consent order in United States v. Santander Consumer USA, Inc. d/b/a Chrysler Capital (N.D. Tex.).  The complaint, filed on September 30, 2021, alleged that Defendant Santander Consumer USA, Inc. d/b/a Chrysler Capital violated the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA), by unlawfully rejecting ten (10) requests from qualified servicemembers to terminate their motor vehicle leases early.  The consent order require Defendant provide for changes to procedures and training, $94,282.62 in compensation for ten servicemembers, and a $40,000 civil penalty.

Press Release (9/30/2021)

Texas, Northern District
Complaint
Settlement/Consent Decree
United States v. American Honda Finance Corporation (C.D. Cal.)

On October 6, 2021, the court entered a consent order in United States v. American Honda Finance Corporation (C.D. Cal.).  The complaint, which was filed along with the proposed consent order on September 29, 2021, alleged that American Honda Finance Corporation violated the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) by failing to refund pre-paid lease amounts - in the form of capitalized cost reduction (“CCR”) from vehicle trade-in value – that were paid in advance by servicemembers who lawfully terminated their motor vehicle leases upon receipt of qualifying military orders.  The consent order requires Honda to pay $1,585,803.89 to 714 servicemembers, pay a $64,715 civil penalty to the United States, make changes to its lease termination and SCRA interest rate benefit policies, and provide employee training.

Press Release (9/29/2021)

California, Central District
Complaint
Settlement/Consent Decree
Settlement/Consent Decree
United States v. New Jersey Higher Ed. (D. N.J.)

On October 21, 2021, the court entered a consent decree in United States v. New Jersey Higher Ed. (D. N.J.).  The complaint, which was filed on September 20, 2021, alleges that the New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority violated the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (“SCRA”) when it obtained improper student loan default judgments against two active duty servicemembers by filing affidavits with the court stating that the servicemembers were not in military service when they were, in fact, in military service.  The consent decree requires the state agency to pay $15,000 in damages to the each of the two servicemembers and a $20,000 civil penalty (total of $50,000), in addition to adopting various policy changes to prevent future SCRA violations.

Press Release (09/20/2021)

New Jersey, District of
Complaint
United States v. Black and White Garage, Inc. d/b/a Black and White Towing, Inc. (C.D. Cal.)

On August 9, 2021, the court entered a consent order in United States v. Black and White Garage, Inc. dba Black and White Towing (C.D. Cal.).  The complaint, which was filed on July 20, 2021, alleges that a towing company violated the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) by illegally auctioning off a vehicle belonging to an active duty U.S. Marine.  Under the consent decree, Black and White must adopt new policies and implement new training requirements, pay $22,000 in compensation to the Marine, and pay a $5,000 civil penalty to the U.S. Treasury.

Press Release (7/20/21)

California, Central District
Complaint
Settlement/Consent Decree
United States v. ASAP Towing & Storage Company (M.D. Fla.)

On October 15, 2020, the court entered a consent order resolving United States v. ASAP Towing & Storage Company (M.D. Fla.).  The complaint, filed on September 10, 2020, alleged that ASAP engaged in a pattern or practice of violating the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) by auctioning, selling or otherwise disposing of 33 vehicles owned by SCRA-protected servicemembers without court orders. The consent order requires ASAP to pay $99,500 to the servicemembers and $20,000 as a civil penalty.  The consent order has a term of five years and requires ASAP to use Vehicle Identification Numbers (VINs) to search publicly available databases to check for military status before auctioning off vehicles.

Press Release (9/10/20)

Florida, Middle District
Complaint
Settlement/Consent Decree

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