NAPA- ON JUNE 16, 2020, The Napa County District Attorney announced the distribution of $150,000 in restitution to the victims of Curtis Correll, the former owner of Midas/Speedee franchises in Napa, Petaluma, and Vacaville.
Following an investigation by the California Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR), in November 2018, the Napa County District Attorney's Office, along with the Solano and Sonoma County District Attorney's offices, filed a lawsuit against Curtis Correll, his company CRC Luxury Motors LLC, and Midas International Corporation for unfair competition and false advertising.
"BAR representatives conduct major consumer safety and protection work that often goes unnoticed by the public," said California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) President Alan Barcelona. "They have the automotive repair knowledge and expertise, that many of us as consumers lack, and work undercover to determine if consumers are getting what they were promised and what they paid for."
The case is based on allegations that Correll's Midas shops performed unnecessary, unapproved, and/or grossly negligent repairs. The District Attorney's Office obtained $150,000 in restitution funds through a settlement with Midas International Corporation. Customers were eligible for restitution if they filed a complaint with the district attorney's office or the Bureau of Automotive Repair and could show evidence of loss. As a result, the district attorney's office distributed the $150,000 in restitution to 52 customers. Some of these customers suffered thousands of dollars in damage to their vehicles, while others were deprived of the use of their vehicles for years at a time. The lawsuit against Curtis Correll and his businesses is ongoing. The Napa, Petaluma, and Vacaville Midas shops are all under new ownership and are no longer affiliated with Mr. Correll.