California Department of Business Oversight Investigates Auto Title Lender For Possible Usury

On September 3, 2020, the California Department of Business Oversight (“DBO”) announced it had initiated an investigation into an auto title lender for possible violations of California’s state usury limits, through its relationship with an out-of-state bank.

In 2020, the Company allegedly stopped making state-licensed auto loans in California and instead partnered with a Utah-chartered bank that originated the loans for the company to service.  On September 3, the DBO served a subpoena on the company regarding its partnership with the Utah bank in order to investigate whether these new loans should be subject to California’s usury laws.