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California Consumers File Lawsuit Against Used-Car Dealer For Leaking Private Information [06/28/2006]
Many Los Angeles-area consumers shopping at Drive Time (formerly known as Ugly Ducking) for used cars usually filled out credit applications containing all of their confidential financial information, including name, social security number, employment information and home address. These consumers assumed that Drive Time would keep these credit applications under lock and key and not leak them to anyone outside of Drive Time.

Lawyers handling the case claim that Drive Time had, for some years, leaked these confidential credit applications in large numbers to insurance brokers for the purpose of placing auto insurance. The affected consumers had no idea that this was happening.

“My clients are understandably outraged,” commented the lead counsel for the plaintiff class. So far, lawyers have collected several files from the insurance brokers with Drive Time credit applications in them. An attorney handling the matter stated “Drive Time can’t be spreading around this information, even if it does make money for them directly or indirectly. The opportunity for identity theft and for other misuses of a consumer’s personal information is just too great in this day and age.”

The class members have filed a class action in the Los Angeles Superior Court, Cheryl Long, an Individual, on behalf of herself and all others similarly aggrieved by defendants’ conduct as alleged herein v. Drive Time, a California Business Entity; Ugly Ducking, a California Business Entity, et al.

The lawsuit is open to any customer of Drive Time Used Car Dealers who believes their information was leaked to a third party.


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