Auto dealers: The Senate gave final approval to a measure (HB 55) aimed at short-circuiting disputes between auto dealers and customers without going to court. The bill, which was approved 33-4, had already been passed by the House and is ready to go to Gov. Rick Scott.
The bill would require that customers give demand letters to dealers at least 30 days before filing lawsuits. Dealers could avoid litigation if, within that 30-day period, they pay the amounts sought in demand letters and surcharges of $500 or 10 percent of the amounts of damages claimed.
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