January 23 2007

Fairfax, VA: A class action lawsuit was filed against CarFax for allegedly providing services which were unfair, false, deceptive, and materially misleading. The suit claimed the vehicle history report provider could not check accident reports in 23 states and that the company's information was only updated every six months, so consumers could not find the truth regarding the history of the car they were purchasing. The class action was filed on behalf of car buyers who purchased a CarFax vehicle history report before Oct. 27, 2006. The lawsuit claimed CarFax violated state consumer protection laws by not properly disclosing terms and conditions for, and limitations of, CarFax vehicle history reports. Under the terms of the proposed class action settlement, consumers who bought CarFax reports could get free or reduced price reports, or they could choose to have CarFax pay part of the cost of having cars inspected for signs of past problems. (Jan-22-07) [CONSUMER REPORTS: CARFAX SETTLEMENT]

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