State reaches huge settlement with bogus warranty company

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by TRAVIS PITTMAN / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on July 19, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 19 at 6:07 PM

Washington, Oregon, Idaho and nine other states have reached a multi-million dollar settlement with a bankrupt vehicle service contract dealer accused of misleading customers.

Thousands of Northwest residents who bought auto warranties from US Fidelis could be in line for some of the money, according to the Washington State Attorney General’s Office.

The settlement is in addition to an earlier deal with service contract provider Warrantech. Attorneys general alleged Warrantech financially benefitted from US Fedelis's practices. It creates what the AG’s office calls a $14.1 million Consumer Restitution Fund. 

The 12 states that sued US Fidelis and its owners, saying the company tricked customers into believing their auto warranties had expired or would soon expire and that they were being contacted by their vehicle's manufacturer. Many consumers who thought they were buying a bumber-to-bumper warranty later learned the contracts were full of holes. 

To find out if you are eligible for restitution, you must file proof of claim by Oct. 5. Consumers whose contracts expire after that will have extra time.

Learn more at the US Fidelis bankruptcy website or call 1-877-691-8477.

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