Auto Finance

Auto Finance Company Settles Action Brought by CFPB and DOJ

On July 15, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) and the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced that claims concerning an indirect auto finance company’s alleged discriminatory lending practices were settled as part of a consent order requiring $24 million in restitution payments to borrowers and changes to the lender’s dealer compensation system.  The consent order alleges…

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West Virginia Attorney General Settles with Automobile Title Loan Company Over Debt Collection Practices

On June 23, 2015, the West Virginia Attorney General announced a settlement with an automobile title loan and debt collection company over claims the company engaged in abusive debt collection practices. According to the West Virginia Attorney General, the company repeatedly called consumers at inconvenient times regarding their delinquent loan payments and…

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Auto Finance Company Sued By CFPB Over Military Debt Collection Activities

On June 17, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it had filed a ​complaint against a national automobile finance company over allegations that the finance company used illegal threats and deceptive tactics to collect debts from military servicemembers.  The complaint alleges that the finance company violated the Consumer Financial Protection Act…

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CFPB Announces Rule Permitting Monitoring of Auto Finance Companies

On Wednesday, June 10, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) announced a new rule that grants the CFPB the ability to monitor nonbank companies that qualify as “larger participants of a market for automobile financing.”  The CFPB simultaneously adopted a separate rule defining certain automobile leases as a “financial…

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FTC Releases 2014 Annual Financial Acts Enforcement Report

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On June 9, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced that it provided its 2014 Annual Financial Acts Enforcement Report (the “Report”) to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) and the Federal Reserve Board.  The 23-page Report, dated May 29, 2015, provided information about enforcement and related activities involving Regulation Z (Truth in…

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Two Georgia Car Title Lenders enter Consent Orders with FTC on Deceptive Advertising Charges

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​On June 10, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced that it unanimously approved consent orders with two Georgia car title lenders that the FTC charged had failed to disclose important conditions about financing for their title loans. In its complaint, the FTC alleged that the car title lenders violated the…

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