SCRA

U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Announces Settlement with Credit Union Based on Alleged Violations of the SCRA

On November 2, 2018, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced a settlement with a New York based credit union, resolving allegations that the credit union had illegally repossessed cars owned by servicemembers on active duty in violation of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, 50 U.S.C. § 3952 (“SCRA”).  Under…

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DOJ Sues Foreclosure Trustee for Illegally Foreclosing on Homes of Servicemembers

On November 9, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) annou​nced its lawsuit against a foreclosure trustee for wrongfully foreclosing on at least twenty-eight servicemembers in violation of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (“SCRA”), 50 U.S.C. § 3953. The SCRA prohibits foreclosure on the home of a servicemember during active military service…

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DOJ Settles Claims With Auto Finance Companies Over Repossessing Active Duty Servicemembers’ Vehicles

On September 27, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced that it had entered into a $760,000 settlement​ with two affiliated auto finance companies stemming from allegations that the companies violated the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (“SCRA”), 50 U.S.C. § 3901, et seq., by failing to obtain court orders prior to repossessing vehicles owned…

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DOJ Obtains $907,000 Settlement for Auto Lender's Repossession of Active Duty Servicemembers' Vehicles

On September 18, 2017, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced that it had entered into a $907,000 settlement with an auto loan lender and servicer (“Defendant”).  In its co​mplaint,​ filed the same day in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, the DOJ alleged that the Defendant had…

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DOJ Files Lawsuit Against Regional Credit Union Over Alleged SCRA Violations

On July 26, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it filed a lawsuit against a regional credit union over alleged violations of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA). The SCRA prohibits lenders from repossessing servicemembers’ vehicles without a court order while servicemembers are on activity military duty. The DOJ alleged in…

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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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