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Volunteer Attorneys Successfully Resolves a Consumer Law Issue for a Soldier with a Car Dealership

October 22, 2014

An Army servicemember stationed in Hawaii was coerced into signing a contract after a spot delivery by a car dealership. The soldier was told that he could not leave without signing the contract. The financing agreement permitted the lender to garnish payments directly from the soldier’s paycheck. Concerned about what had happened, the soldier visited a military legal assistance office. The military attorney referred the soldier to the ABA Military Pro Bono Project, which connected the soldier with a volunteer attorney to help with this consumer law issue. With the attorney’s help with negotiations, the car dealership accepted the return of the vehicle and arranged a cancellation of the loan. In addition, the dealership reimbursed the soldier for all pervious car payments, along with other expenses that the soldier had incurred.

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