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Campbell v. Asbury Automotive, Inc.

Arkansas Supreme Court
381 S.W.3d 21 (2011)


Asbury Automotive, Inc. (Asbury) (defendant), a car dealership, charged customers a document-preparation fee for preparing the legal contract that governed the purchase of a vehicle. Otis Campbell (plaintiff) and other customers filed a class action suit alleging that the document-preparation fee amounted to the unauthorized practice of law and that by charging the fee, Asbury violated the Arkansas Deceptive Trade Practices Act (ADTPA) through unjust enrichment. The circuit court held that Asbury had engaged in the unauthorized practice of law by charging the document-preparation fee and granted summary judgment for Campbell. Asbury appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Danielson, J.)

Dissent (Brown, J.)

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