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June 30, 2015 - Industry News

Calif. Dealer Sentenced to 13 Years for Embezzlement

The former owner and operator of Costa Mesa Bellagio Motors, a car dealership that specialized in buying and selling high-end luxury vehicles, was sentenced this week after pleading guilty to embezzling more than $2 million from unsuspecting customers.

Tags: compliance, embezzlement, fraud, luxury vehicles, prison

June 30, 2015 - Industry News

NADA’s Koblenz Joins Industry Summit Roster

The NADA official who has spearheaded the association's efforts to protect franchised dealers from federal regulatory overreach will be at Industry Summit 2015 to deliver a keynote address, event organizers announced this week.

Tags: Andy Koblenz, CFPB, Disparate Impact, National Automobile Dealers Association

June 30, 2015 - Industry News

Two Las Vegas Dealers Settle FTC Charges

Two auto dealers in Las Vegas agreed to settle FTC charges that they used deceptive ads to promote the sale or leasing of their vehicles, including advertising heavily discounted prices that were not generally available to consumers.

Tags: Deceptive Advertising, Federal Trade Commission, settlement

June 25, 2015 - Industry News

Hudson Cook Adds Partner to D.C. Office

Hudson Cook has announced the addition of Rebecca E. Kuehn as a partner in its Washington, D.C. office.

Tags: compliance, Federal Trade Commission, hiring, Hudson Cook LLP, Tom Hudson

June 25, 2015 - Industry News

Supreme Court Upholds Disparate Impact

Source: Wikipedia

In a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court held that disparate impact claims are cognizable under the Fair Housing Act, dashing the hopes of industry insiders who believed a ruling against the controversial legal theory would put a kibosh on the CFPB’s actions in auto lending.

Tags: Ally Financial, CFPB, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Disparate Impact, fair lending, Supreme Court

June 25, 2015 - Industry News

Protective Asset Protection Receives 2015 Dealers’ Choice Award

Protective Asset Protection was named a Platinum winner in the vehicle service contract provider category of Auto Dealer Monthly’s 2015 Dealers’ Choice Awards.

June 23, 2015 - Industry News

Equifax, 700 Credit Expand Partnership

The two firms announced today that they have expanded their relationship to provide dealers and their F&I offices with a fully integrated income and employment verification solution.

Tags: 700Credit, Employment Verification, Equifax, F&I manager, F&I office, Income Verification

June 23, 2015 - Industry News

CFPB: Consumers Will Soon Receive Ally Payout

A CFPB official disclosed in a June 15 blog post that the administrator of the Ally settlement fund has begun contacting and mailing checks to borrowers who were affected by Ally’s alleged discriminatory auto lending policies.

Tags: Ally Financial, auto lending, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Department of Justice, discrimination, Disparate Impact, fair lending, regulations, settlement

June 18, 2015 - Industry News

N.J. Dealerships to Pay $135,000 Settlement

The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs has reached a $135,000 settlement with Bergen Auto Enterprises, which does business as Wayne Mazda and Wayne Auto Mall Hyundai. The dealerships were accused of engaging in deceptive business and advertising practices.

Tags: compliance, Deceptive Advertising, deceptive practices, New Jersey, settlement

June 17, 2015 - Industry News

N.Y. Dealers Targeted for Payment Packing and Other Deceptive Practices

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, which announced on Wednesday a $14 million settlement with three Paragon dealerships, says he intends to file suit against 11 additional dealerships for the unlawful sale of credit repair and identity theft-prevention products.

Tags: attorney general, credit repair, Eric Schneiderman, F&I office, F&I products, identify theft, Payment Packing

June 17, 2015 - Industry News

CFPB Sues Auto Lender for Aggressive Debt Collection Tactics

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has sued auto loan company Security National Automotive Acceptance Company for aggressive and misleading debt collection tactics against military service members.

Tags: CFPB, debt collection, Military Buyers, SNAAC, veterans

June 17, 2015 - Industry News

Eyewitness Surveillance Launches Line of Dealership-Specific Tools

Eyewitness Surveillance announced the launch of a beta program for three products designed specifically for dealerships.

Tags: chat service, Customer Service, finance, Service Department

June 11, 2015 - Industry News

CFPB to Oversee Nonbank Auto Finance Companies

The CFPB finalized last week its proposal to oversee nonbank auto finance companies. The finalized rule, which left out recommendations submitted by an auto finance trade group, will take effect 60 days after publication in the Federal Register.

Tags: American Financial Services Association, auto finance, CFPB, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, nonbank auto finance

June 11, 2015 - Industry News

Arkansas Dealer to Pay $90,000 Penalty for Not Displaying Buyers Guide

An Arkansas auto dealer and its owners have agreed to pay a $90,000 civil penalty to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they failed to display a “Buyers Guide” on used vehicles offered for sale.

Tags: Arkansas, Buyers Guide, Federal Trade Commission, FTC

June 10, 2015 - Industry News

CFPB Finalizes Proposal to Oversee Nonbank Auto Finance Companies

The CFPB finalized today its proposal to oversee nonbank auto finance companies. The finalized rule will take effect 60 days after publication in the Federal Register.

Tags: auto lending, auto loans, CFPB, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, regulations, Richard Cordray

June 10, 2015 - Industry News

Serra Nissan Manager Charged With Defrauding Manufacturer

Federal prosecutors have accused the general manager of Serra Nissan of directing dealership employees to falsify sales reports to receive incentive payments from the manufacturer. Earlier in the week, the dealership’s controller was arrested for fraud.

Tags: fraud, Nissan, U.S. Attorney

June 9, 2015 - Industry News

N.Y. AG Goes After Dealer for Payment Packing

After three months with no response, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has filed a motion to force a New York dealer group to comply with a subpoena issued by the AG’s office in March. The dealer group is accused of “jamming” credit repair contracts into vehicle sales and leases.

Tags: attorney general, F&I products, New York, Payment Packing, subpoena

June 4, 2015 - Industry News

House Votes to Eliminate DOJ’s Use of Disparate Impact

The House passed an amendment Wednesday that would bar the Department of Justice from using funds for litigation in which the regulator seeks to apply the disparate impact theory.

Tags: amendment, CFPB, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Department of Justice, Disparate Impact, legislation

June 3, 2015 - Industry News

Dealer Wins Federal Birth Control Lawsuit

A U.S. District Court has ruled that, because of his religious beliefs, Joseph B. Holland, Jr. does not have to offer coverage of the morning after pill to employees of Joe Holland Chevrolet.

Tags: Barack Obama, birth control, lawsuit, Obama administration, the morning after pill

June 3, 2015 - Industry News

Michigan Suspends Licenses of Five Dealers

Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson has suspended the licenses of five Detroit used-vehicle dealers after an investigation uncovered multiple fraudulent acts, including the sale of cars containing stolen parts and record-keeping violations.

Tags: compliance, fraud, Michigan, vehicle title

June 2, 2015 - Industry News

FTC Clarifies Online Marketing Guidelines in Latest Update

The Federal Trade Commission released updated guidance regarding endorsements and testimonials. It addresses topics such as Twitter endorsements, Facebook 'Likes' and YouTube videos.

Tags: Facebook, fake reviews, FTC, Guidelines, online advertising, social media marketing, twitter, YouTube

June 2, 2015 - Industry News

FTC Approves Final Consent Orders in Two Deceptive Ad Cases

The Federal Trade Commission has approved final consent orders which prohibit Jim Burke Nissan of Birmingham, Ala., and Ross Nissan of El Monte, Calif., from deceptively advertising the sale, financing and leasing of their vehicles.

Tags: Deceptive Advertising, Federal Trade Commission, FTC, Truth in Lending Act

May 28, 2015 - Industry News

U.S. Bank Monitoring F&I Product Pricing

U.S. Bank told dealers this week that it’s monitoring how they price F&I products. If its monitoring program finds ‘unexplained differences in pricing or excessive add-on product financing on a prohibited basis,’ dealers will be asked to provide an explanation.

Tags: CFPB, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, F&I products, Hudson Cook LLP, Nikki Munro, Rick Hackett, U.S. Bank

May 28, 2015 - Industry News

Members of Congress Call on CFPB to Eliminate Arbitration Agreements

U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) is leading an effort by more than 50 members of Congress to spur the CFPB into eliminating the use of forced arbitration clauses in consumer financial service contracts.

More than 50 members of Congress have signed a letter urging the CFPB to issue new rules to eliminate the use of forced arbitration clauses in consumer financial service contracts.

Tags: arbitration, arbitration agreements, CFPB, Congress, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Tom Hudson

May 28, 2015 - Industry News

SecureClose Selects KISS Concepts Group As Marketing Partner

Compliance technology provider SecureClose has announced a new strategic alliance with marketing agency KISS Concepts Group to represent its technology solutions to independent dealerships and finance companies throughout the United States.

Tags: compliance, KISS Concepts Group, marketing

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