Advancing Justice - LA has litigated consumer fraud cases against businesses who have exploited immigrant consumers’ limited English skills as part of a fraudulent scheme. In 2002, Advancing Justice - LA brought a case against Wondries Toyota, a car dealership located in Alhambra, California, alleging fraud, discrimination, and violations of consumer protection laws. In addition to successfully settling that case, Advancing Justice - LA also helped pass a state law, Assembly Bill 309, that requires the translation of certain business contracts into the top Asian languages spoken in California.
In 2005, Advancing Justice - LA represented a group of 17 elderly Korean immigrants against S.C.I. Funeral Services, Inc., one of the largest funeral service providers in the state, alleging that a Korean-speaking sales agent fraudulently sold cemetery plots to the elderly Korean War veterans with limited English skills. The parties entered a settlement agreement that required the cemetery to provide Korean translations of the contract and consumer guides when sales were conducted in Korean in order to prevent further fraud.
In 2010, Advancing Justice - LA filed a lawsuit on behalf of 28 Korean immigrant homeowners against Trinity Law Associates, a law firm that advertised that by filing suits against their lenders, homeowners could obtain mortgage reductions and avoid foreclosure. Clients were advised to stop making mortgage payments while the firm charged thousands of dollars in fees. The law firm unlawfully engaged Korean-speaking agents to obtain clients and caused numerous homeowners to lose their homes to foreclosure. In 2011, Advancing Justice - LA obtained a settlement and default judgment against the defendants.
Because of the high rates of limited English proficiency in some Asian American and Pacific Islander groups, particularly among newer immigrants as well as elderly community members, Advancing Justice - LA continues to vigilantly monitor and champion consumer rights on behalf of immigrants.