Tagged as: auto loans

Debt Collector Ordered to Pay $25 Million to State of Texas for Illegal Debt Collection Practices

On July 11, 2017, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton secured a $25 million judgment and permanent injunction against a portfolio management company and a small law office for violations of the Texas Debt Collection Act, Texas Deceptive Trade Practices-Consumer Protection Act, and Identity Theft Protection and Enforcement Act. A jury in the District Court of…

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CFPB Fines Auto Lender $1.25 Million for Violations of Consent Order

​On April 26, 2017, the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it reached a consent order with an Ohio-based auto lender that allegedly violated a prior CFPB consent order by failing to properly return $1 million in refunds and credits to its customers.  According to the CFPB, the auto lender specializes in auto loans to servicemem​bers.  Under…

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Massachusetts and Delaware AGs Announce $25 Million in Settlements with Subprime Auto Lender

On March 29, 2017, the Massachusetts and Delaware Attorney Generals (“AGs”) announced settlements with a national bank, resolving allegations that the bank originated unfair and usurious automobile loans in violation of Massachusetts and Delaware consumer protection law.  According to the AGs, the bank originated subprime loans to more than 2,000 Massachusetts and Delaware…

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Arkansas AG Files Suit Against Auto Dealerships Over Deceptive Financing Practices

On December 17, 2016, the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office (“Arkansas AG”) announced that it had filed a lawsuit against affiliated auto dealerships for violations of the Arkansas Deceptive Trade Practices Act.  The Arkansas AG alleged that these auto dealerships would submit loan applications to third-party lenders, who would then deposit…

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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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Michigan Attorney General Announces Default Judgment Against Automobile Title Loan Company Over Alleged Usurious Loans

On June 8, 2016, the Michigan Attorney General announced that a Michigan court entered a default judgment and permanent injunction against an automobile title loan company over alleged usurious loans that violated the Michigan Consumer Protection Act.  According to the Attorney General, the company charged usurious interest rates on automobile title loans, engaged…

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Massachusetts AG Announces Settlement With Auto Lender Over Alleged Usurious Interest Rates

​On March 16, 2016, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office announced that two financial services companies specializing in auto loans agreed to pay a total of $7.4 million in restitution to Massachusetts consumers over allegations the companies charged excessive interest rates on auto loans. According to the Massachusetts AG, the companies purchased loans from primary creditors…

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