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Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission

The Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission (“Commission”) is pleased to announce settlement checks were sent out from the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) in the Tate’s Auto Group settlement. Individuals who qualified for the settlement should be receiving a check in the mail or a payment by PayPal. The paper checks must be cashed within 90 days and the PayPal must be redeem in 30 days. According to the Federal Trade Commission’s press release “Consumers who have questions about their refund should call the refund administrator, JND Legal Administration, at 888-964-0009.”

  • December 2012, the commission held three public hearings for victims of Predatory Auto Sale Tactics in Dilkon, Kayenta, Arizona and Crownpoint, New Mexico. The result of the public hearings brought a vast amount of complaints to the Commission on predatory auto sales with a majority of the complaints involving Tate’s Auto Group.
  • The Commission forwarded the cases that were filed against Tate’s Auto dealerships surrounding the Navajo Nation to the Federal Trade Commission for review.
  • July 2018 the Federal Trade Commission filed a complaint with U.S. District Court of Arizona against Tate’s Auto on falsifying consumer information on financing documents. The case was on going during the Tate’s Bankruptcy case in 2019.
  • The Federal Trade Commission settlement included a monetary judgement of $7,203,227 unsecured claim against Tate’s Auto Group. This first settlement was referred to the bankruptcy case. Due to it being an unsecured claim the $7.2 million could not be paid out. The Federal Trade Commission entered a second settlement with Tate’s Auto in 2021 in the amount of $450,000.
  • Today, the Federal Trade Commission is sending out payments to 3,508 eligible individuals who received financed vehicles from Tate’s Auto Group and had their vehicle repossessed.
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Leonard Gorman, Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission Executive Director states “Navajo consumers must always be careful when making major purchases such as buying a vehicle. It is important to understand the contract you are signing. The contract itself says you can take the contract with you to study it. Consumers don't take advantage of this opportunity to study their contracts." Gorman further pointed out that the Federal Trade Commission entered two different settlements. "The first settlement was in the amount of $7.2 million but it was referred to Tate's Auto bankruptcy proceedings where the $7.2 million could not be funded.” The Commission continues to advocate for Navajo consumers to file a complaint with office if they are experiencing unfair business practices in border towns.

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