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Infiniti of Clarendon Hills charged with deceptive practice by FTC

Published: Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 2:23 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 12:08 p.m. CDT

CLARENDON HILLS – Infiniti of Clarendon Hills agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) concerning allegations of deceptive advertising, according to a news release from the FTC.

Infiniti of Clarendon Hills, 415 E. Ogden Ave., allegedly violated the FTC Act by deceptively advertising that consumers could pay nothing up-front to lease a vehicle when, in fact, the advertised amounts excluded "substantial" fees and other amounts, according to the news release.

The ads also allegedly failed to disclose certain lease related terms, said the release.

Along with Infiniti of Clarendon Hills, dealerships in California, Georgia, North Carolina, Michigan and Texas were cited in the release.

According to the complaints, the dealers made a variety of misrepresentations in print, Internet and video advertisements that violated the FTC Act, falsely leading consumers to believe they could purchase vehicles for low prices, finance vehicles with low monthly payments and/or make no upfront payment to lease vehicles.

The proposed consent orders settling the FTC's charges in the cases are "designed to prevent the dealerships from engaging in similar deceptive advertising practices in the future," the release stated.

Calls to Infiniti of Clarendon Hills for comment were not immediately returned.

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