Auto Finance

Auto Dealer-Lender and CFPB Settle Credit Reporting Allegations for $6.4 Million

On December 17, 2015, the CFPB announced a consent order and settlement with a Minnesota-based auto dealer and its affiliated financing company regarding their credit reporting practices in 15 states.  The consent order asserts that the companies violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and the Consumer Financial Protection Act…

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Payday Lender and CFPB Settle Debt Collection Allegations for $10 Million

On December 16, 2015, the CFPB announced a consent order and settlement with a small-dollar lender concerning its debt collection practices in 15 states.  According to the consent order, the lender’s unlawful conduct allegedly included:  in-person collection visits at consumers’ homes and workplaces and phone calls to supervisors, landlords, and…

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FTC Reaches Settlement with Two Ohio Auto Dealers

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​On November 24, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced that it reached a settlement agreement with two Ohio auto dealers relating to allegations that the auto dealers violated Section 184 of the Consumer Leasing Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1667c, and Section 213.7 of Regulation M, 12 C.F.R. §​ 213.7.  Specifically, the FTC’s administrative ​complaint alleged that the auto dealers failed to disclose key…

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CFPB Publishes Rulemaking Agenda Including Proposed Rule Prohibiting Class Action Waivers

On November 20, 2015, the CFPB published​ its current rulemaking agenda. Under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act, the CFPB drafts and implements new regulations governing certain consumer finance products and services. The CFPB publishes its regulatory agenda twice a year, which summarizes the proposed regulations (or “rules”) the Bureau is…

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Massachusetts AG Announces Auto Loan Company will Pay $5.4 Million to Settle Allegations it Charged Usurious Interest Rates

​On November 5, 2015 the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office announced that a national auto loan company agreed to pay $5.4 million in restitution to Massachusetts consumers to settle allegations it charged excessive interest rates on automobile loans. According to the Massachusetts AG, the company purchased loans from primary creditors that contained…

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CFPB and Auto Lender Settle Servicemember Debt Collection Claim for $3.28 Million

​On October 28, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it entered an administrative consent order against an Ohio-based auto lender that specializes in loans to military servicemembers.  The CFPB consent order, and the companion stipulated order issued by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, resolve…

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CFPB Enters $48 Million Consent Order with Indirect Auto Lender

On October 1, 2015, the CFPB announced an enforcement action and consent order with an indirect auto lender for illegal debt collection and other practices.  It is alleged that the company’s actions violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Truth in Lending Act, and the Dodd-Frank Act. The illegal…

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Vermont AG Announces Settlement With Automobile Title Loan Company Over Alleged Illegal Interest Rates

​On September 23, 2015, the Vermont Attorney General’s Office announced a settlement with a regional automobile title loan company over allegations the company charged illegal interest rates and fees to borrowers. The company operated websites that offered automobile title loans to Vermont consumers. Consumers who were approved for the loans assigned…

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Oregon Attorney General Announces Lawsuit Against Car Title Loan Company Over Illegal Loans

On August 18, 2015, the Oregon Attorney General’s Office and the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services announced​ that they filed a lawsuit against a regional automobile loan company. The company advertised car title loans online. When consumers completed the online applications, the company allegedly deceived them into signing…

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