MONTESANO, Wash. - A local auto group could have some trouble with the state attorney general's office, with an apparent subsidiary being sued by the state. A lawsuit filed this week in Clark County Superior Court accuses RGH Marketing, of Happy Valley, Ore., and Robert G. Hubbard, Jr., of violating the Washington's Consumer Protection Act, Promotional Advertising of Prizes Act and Dealers' Licenses Act.
Hubbard lives in Oregon and is the general manager of Interstate Auto Liquidators, based in Vancouver, Wash. RGH Marketing claims on its Web site that it is a wholesale division of Whitney's Auto Group.
Assistant Attorney General Mary Lobdell said "We believe that RGH Marketing promoted off-site sales at locations throughout Washington, making it appear these were special bank-ordered events," . "In fact, we believe the cars were from the Whitney's Group dealers' regular inventory or were picked up at auto auctions."
Attorney General Rob McKenna said "Whether some dealers are intentionally detouring around the law or ignorant of it doesn't matter in the end they can still be sued."
The complete press release from the Washington Attorney General's Office is available here: http://kbkw.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=1055