Bankruptcy Judge Rules in Favor of Navajo Consumers in Tates Auto Case

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Published June 6, 2019

ST. MICHAELS, Navajo Nation  ­– The federal bankruptcy court in Phoenix, Arizona conducted another hearing on June 5, 2019 regarding the Tates Auto bankruptcy case. Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission (“Commission”) has been working with Navajo consumers that have their vehicles locked inside Tates Auto repair shops located at Gallup, Show Low and Holbrook.

On Wednesday, a federal judge in the bankruptcy court ruled that the vehicles should be returned to their owners.

“I am glad that the parties agreed that the vehicles will be returned to customers soon and the bankruptcy judge will issue her written order to this effect,” said Leonard Gorman, executive director for the Commission.

Several Navajo consumers contacted the office of the Commission and their names have been forwarded to the Tates Auto representative and Ford and Nissan motor credits. Gorman also stated:”these customers need to contact the office as soon as possible or come to the office to determine the most feasible date and time for the customers to retrieve their vehicle from the Tates auto shops.”

For more information, call the Commission office at 928-871-7436.

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