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July 28, 2016 - Industry News

New York AG Suing Staten Island Dealer Group for Payment Packing

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman's crackdown on payment packing continues. Today, he announced a lawsuit against two Staten Island dealerships owned by SG Hylan Motors Corp.: Staten Island Honda and Staten Island Nissan.

Tags: Attorney General, Deceptive Practices, Eric T Schneiderman, Lawsuit, Payment Packing

July 28, 2016 - Industry News

ORIAS Offers Prize to Industry Summit Attendees

Organizers of the upcoming Industry Summit have announced that Old Republic Insured Automotive Services (ORIAS) will award two $500 American Express gift cards in a random drawing of attendees who register by this Friday, July 29.

Tags: Compliance Summit, F&I manager, F&I trainer, Industry Summit, ORIAS

July 28, 2016 - Industry News

CFPB Proposes to Overhaul Debt-Collection Market

At a field hearing held today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau outlined proposals its considering that would overhaul the debt-collection market. One of the proposals on the table is capping collector contact attempts.

July 27, 2016 - Industry News

FTC Issues Refunds to Buyers of Bogus "Extended Auto Warranties'

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC)'s six-year effort to collect on a $4.2 million judgement against a telemarketer of “extended auto warranties” came to a end last week. The telemarketer, which did business under the name My Car Solutions, led victims to believe it was affiliated with auto dealers and manufacturers.

Tags: compliance, extended warranties, F&I Products, FTC, Robocalls, telemarketing, vehicle service contracts

July 21, 2016 - Industry News

Trade Groups Call on U.S. Senators to Support CFPB-Reform Bill

The same week the CFPB celebrated its five-year anniversary, trade groups representing various motor vehicle industries urged U.S. Senators to support legislation that would rescind the regulator’s March 2013 guidance on dealer participation, among other things.

Tags: AFSA, auto finance, CFPB, compliance, dealer participation, NADA, NIADA

July 20, 2016 - Industry News

3 States Charge VW Execs With Fraud in New Lawsuits

Regulators in Maryland, Massachusetts and New York charge that the emissions scandal and alleged cover-up was orchestrated and approved 'at the highest levels of the company, up to and including former CEO Martin Winterkorn.'

Tags: compliance, emmissions, Volkswagen, Volkswagen Scandal

July 19, 2016 - Industry News

Feds Investigating FCA for Inflating Sales, Automaker Confirms

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles confirmed in a statement issued today that it’s under investigation by the U.S. Security and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice. According to Bloomberg, FBI agents visited the homes of nine people who run FCA business centers as part of a probe into the automaker’s monthly sales reporting.

Tags: Chrysler, Ed Napleton, FCA, Fiat, Napleton Automotive Group, New-Vehicle Sales

July 19, 2016 - Industry News

O’Loughlin to Tackle ‘Rules and Regulations’ at Compliance Summit

Terry O’Loughlin, director of compliance for Reynolds and Reynolds and a former regulator, will serve as a featured speaker at the upcoming Compliance Summit, scheduled for Aug. 29-30 at Paris Las Vegas.

Tags: compliance, Compliance Summit, F&I, Reynolds & Reynolds, Terry O'Loughlin

July 19, 2016 - Industry News

Lunt to Deliver Opening Keynote at Compliance Summit Las Vegas

Organizers of Compliance Summit announced that attorney and compliance expert Aaron Lunt will deliver the opening keynote address at the inaugural Las Vegas event, scheduled for Aug. 29-30 at Paris Las Vegas

Tags: Aaron Lunt, compliance, Compliance Summit, F&I Products, Industry Summit, The Warranty Group

July 19, 2016 - Industry News

Dealertrack Rolls Out Econtracting to Volvo Dealers Nationwide

Dealertrack announced this week that Volvo Car Financial Services is now available for econtracting with Volvo dealers nationwide on the Dealertrack platform. The decision to go national was spurred by results of a regional pilot.

Tags: Dealer Software, Dealertrack, eContracting, Volvo

July 14, 2016 - Industry News

Missouri Dealer Fined $38,067 for Failing to Provide Vehicle Titles

A Missouri dealer has agreed to pay $38,067 in restitution to 23 former customers to settle the state attorney general's charges that he and his dealership did not provide vehicle titles and did not honor repair agreements. The dealer is also prohibited from operating a dealership for five years.

Tags: Attorney General, Consumer Laws, Deceptive Practices, Missouri

July 12, 2016 - Industry News

State Franchise Laws Benefit Consumers, Economic Analysis Concludes

A new economic analysis shows that state franchise laws, which have come under attack by regulators like the Federal Trade Commission, stimulate competition that results in lower retail prices for consumers.

Tags: Federal Trade Commission, Franchise Laws, Franchised Dealerships, Pheonix Center

July 8, 2016 - Industry News

Compliance Summit Adds Certification Component

Organizers of Compliance Summit have announced that attendees will have the opportunity to earn Certified Automotive Compliance Specialist status at the Las Vegas event, which will be held Aug. 29–30, 2016, at Paris Las Vegas as part of the annual Industry Summit.

July 6, 2016 - Industry News

CFPB Accuses 'One or More' Finance Sources of Deceptive GAP Ads, Payment Deferral Offers

In its recent Supervisory Highlights report, the CFPB accused ‘one or more’ auto finance sources of being deceptive in their advertisements of GAP and in the way they disclose payment deferral terms.

Tags: auto finance, CFPB, GAP, payment deferral

July 6, 2016 - Industry News

Registration Opens for Las Vegas Compliance Summit

Organizers of Compliance Summit announced that registration for the Las Vegas event is now open. This two-day event, part of the annual Industry Summit, is scheduled for Aug. 29-30 at Paris Las Vegas.

Tags: Compliance Summit, Industry Summit

July 5, 2016 - Industry News

FTC Announces Significant Hike to Civil Penalty Maximums

Violations of the Federal Trade Commission’s prohibition on unfair or deceptive acts or practices are going to get more expensive come Aug. 1. That’s when the commission’s interim final rule aimed at increasing a variety of civil penalties takes effect.

Tags: compliance, Deceptive Practices, Federal Trade Commission

July 5, 2016 - Industry News

CFPB Proposes Implementation of Privacy Notice Exemption

Last week, the CFPB proposed to implement an amendment to the Gramm-Leach-Biley Act (GLBA) that will grant certain financial institutions exemption from sending annual privacy notices to customers.

Tags: CFPB, Customer Privacy, Law

June 29, 2016 - Industry News

OP-ED: NADA Chairman Calls on Dealers to Rally Behind CFPB-Reform Bill

Introduced in March, U.S. Senate Bill 2663 aims to repeal the bureau's March 2013 guidance on dealer participation and add a few more steps to the regulator's guidance-writing activities. In an op-ed piece posted on the NADA's website, Chairman Jeff Carlson offers his thoughts on the legislation and explains why dealers need to rally behind it.

Tags: CFPB, dealer participation, Jeff Carlson, NADA

June 28, 2016 - Industry News

RoadVantage Completes Second Annual SSAE 16 Type II Audit

RoadVantage has successfully completed its second annual SSAE 16 (SOC 1) Type II audit, ensuring the company’s controls and procedures continue to conform to industry standards for best practices, according to a company announcement.

Tags: Audit, RoadVantage, SSAE

June 28, 2016 - Industry News

Former Nissan Dealer to Pay $101,986 for Deceptive Practices

About 119 former customers of Saratoga Springs Nissan who were charged illegal fees and sold F&I products without their knowledge will share in $101,986 in restitution, according to the settlement reached between the dealership's former owner and the New York Attorney General's Office.

Tags: Attorney General, Crime, Deceptive Advertising, Deceptive Practices

June 27, 2016 - Industry News

EFG Companies Names Vice President of Compliance

Steve Roennau, vice president of compliance, EFG Companies.

EFG Companies has named 30-year industry veteran Steve Roennau vice president of compliance, the company announced last week.

Tags: EFG Companies, Hiring, Vice President

June 23, 2016 - Industry News

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Dealers in Overtime Pay Dispute

In a 6-2 decision, the Supreme Court vacated the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling that service advisors qualified for overtime pay because they were not considered “salesmen” under the Fair Labor Standard’s Act (FLSA).

Tags: Overtime, Service Advisors, Supreme Court

June 21, 2016 - Industry News

F&I Dealer of the Year: Nomination Deadline Extended

David-Moore Automotive's Sean Tarbell accepts the 2015 award from The Warranty Group's Ash Bauer and F&I and Showroom's Gregory Arroyo.

F&I and Showroom has extended the nomination deadline for its F&I Dealer of the Year award to Wednesday, July 13.

Tags: F&I Dealer of the Year , F&I department, F&I manager, F&I Pacesetters, F&I process

June 21, 2016 - Industry News

Former Credit Union CEO Charged With Fraud

The former CEO of Valor Federal Credit Union was charged with executing a scheme to defraud the credit union of approximately $718,000 to pay for his personal credit card, college tuition, his wife's birthday party, and a golf tournament sponsorship.

Tags: Attempted Fraud, FBI, Fraud, Investigation, U.S. Attorney's Office, Valor Federal Credit Union

June 20, 2016 - Industry News

American Financial Wins Two Dealers’ Choice Awards

American Financial & Automotive Services Inc. received two 2016 Dealers’ Choice Awards. The company received a Diamond award in Compliance Training and a Platinum award in F&I Training.

Tags: American Financial & Automotive Services, compliance, Dealers Choice Award, F&I training

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