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January 4, 2017 - Industry News

CFPB Orders TransUnion and Equifax to Pay $23.1 Million for Deceptive Practices

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) this week took action against Equifax and TransUnion, ordering the two credit reporting agencies and their subsidiaries to pay more than $17.6 million in restitution for deceiving consumers about the usefulness and actual cost of credit scores they sold to consumers. The two firms were also ordered to pay $5.5 million in fines to the regulator.

Tags: CFPB, Credit Agencies, Credit Report, Dodd-Frank Act, Equifax, TransUnion

December 8, 2016 - Industry News

Four Trade Groups Ask Lawmakers to Instate Five-Person Board to Lead CFPB

Four associations representing 12,000 banks and credit unions have asked Senate leaders to consider replacing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s single-director structure with a five-person bipartisan commission next year.

Tags: Banks, CFPB, Congress, Credit Unions, Regulations, Senate

December 1, 2016 - Industry News

CFPB Supporters Ask Federal Appellate Court to Rehear CFPB Decision

In an amicus brief sent Tuesday, a group of 21 current and former members of Congress argued that the federal appeals court's October ruling that the CFPB's structure violates the federal Constitution has 'fundamentally altered the [bureau].' They want all 17 of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia’s judges to rehear the case.

Tags: CFPB, Congress, U.S. Court of Appeals

October 25, 2016 - Industry News

CFPB’s Project Catalyst Opens Door to Innovation

Automotive retailing isn’t the only segment exploring the risks and opportunities of the Digital Age. On Monday, the CFPB issued its first-ever Project Catalyst report highlighting its efforts so far to facilitate consumer-friendly innovation.

Tags: CFPB, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Online, Project Catalyst

October 18, 2016 - Industry News

Firm Urges Dealers to Remain Vigilant in Wake of CFPB Ruling

Automotive Compliance Consultants warned dealers not to let their guard down after last week’s federal appeals court ruling that the CFPB’s structure is unconstitutional. The firm said other regulators have taken note of the bureau’s activities, adding that next month’s elections will determine if the ruling has teeth.

Tags: CFPB, Compliance, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, customer disclosures, dealer markups, dealer participation, F&I products

September 22, 2016 - Industry News

CFPB Sues Five Arizona Auto-Title Lenders

The bureau charged the title lenders with violating the Truth in Lending Act for failing to disclose annual percentage rates in online loan advertisements. It is seeking civil monetary penalties and administrative orders requiring the companies to correct their practices.

Tags: auto finance, Auto Title Loans, CFPB, Compliance

August 16, 2016 - Industry News

Pew: CFPB Small-Dollar Rule ‘Would Not Adequately Protect Borrowers’

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s small-dollar lending rule would neither adequately protect borrowers, nor address the risks created by the shift toward installment credit in the payday and auto title lending market, an analysis by Pew Charitable Trusts concludes.

Tags: auto finance, Auto Title Loans, CFPB, Compliance, Payday Lending

August 4, 2016 - Industry News

103 Lawmakers Call on CFPB to Eliminate Mandatory Arbitration

On Wednesday, more than 100 members of Congress called on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to proceed with its effort to eliminate forced arbitration.

Tags: American Financial Services Association, Arbitration, CFPB, Congress, Richard Cordray, Senate

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 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 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 2, 2016 - Industry News

CFPB Issues Small-Dollar Lending Rule

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau used its field hearing today to issue its proposed rule targeting what Director Richard Cordray called “payday debt traps.”

Tags: CFPB, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Payday Loans

May 18, 2016 - Industry News

Reuters: Trump to Release Plan for Dismantling Dodd-Frank

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump told Reuters he would release a plan in about two weeks for overhauling the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

Tags: CFPB, Compliance, Donald Trump, rate markup

May 18, 2016 - Industry News

CFPB: 20% of Single-Payment Auto Title Loans End in Repossession

A report form the CFPB found that about 20% of auto title loan borrowers end up having their car or truck seized by the lender for failing to repay their debt. Eighty percent fall into a debt trap, with more than 66% having to take out seven or more consecutive loans to fully repay their debt.

Tags: CFPB, Payday Lending, Report, Title Loan

May 10, 2016 - Industry News

CFPB Issues Proposal to End Forced Arbitration

At its May 5 field hearing in Albuquerque, N.M., the CFPB issued its proposal to ban mandatory arbitration clauses in finance contracts. Financial services providers will still be able to include arbitration clauses in finance contracts; they just can’t use the agreements to stop consumers from being part of a class action in court.

Tags: American Financial Services Association, Arbitration, CFPB, Compliance

April 12, 2016 - Industry News

Compliance Summit to Hit Tampa, Las Vegas in 2016

Organizers of Compliance Summit, a series of regional events dedicated to front-end compliance for dealers and dealership management, announced that events will be held in Tampa and Las Vegas this year following stops in Chicago and Austin, Texas, in 2015.

Tags: CFPB, Compliance, Compliance Summit, Dealer Summit, ECOA, F&I Think Tank, Federal Trade Commission, Regulation Z, Regulations, TILA

March 21, 2016 - Industry News

House Democrats Join Republicans in CFPB Grilling

Republicans were expected to lash out at the CFPB during its semi-annual report to Congress, but there were a few unexpected critics from the other side of the aisle as well.

Tags: Ally, CFPB, Disparate Impact, Payday Lending

March 10, 2016 - Industry News

House Committee, CFPB Director to Face Off Next Week

Richard Cordray and Republican members of the House Financial Services Committee are set to square off next Wednesday. It will be the first time the director of the CFPB will appear before the committee since it issued two reports criticizing the bureau’s activities in the auto finance arena.

Tags: auto finance, CFPB, dealer markups, Disparate Impact, Jeb Hensarling, pricing discrimination, Richard Cordray, Toyota Motor Credit Corp

March 2, 2016 - Industry News

Tom Hudson Joins Dealer Summit Roster

Prominent consumer finance attorney Thomas B. Hudson will be at Dealer Summit this May to discuss how regulators have changed the business model for special finance and buy-here, pay-here operations.

Tags: auto finance, buy-here, CFPB, FTC, pay-here, special finance, Subprime Financing, Tom Hudson

February 3, 2016 - Industry News

Toyota Motor Credit Agrees to Lower Markup Caps to Settle CFPB Allegations

The three-year standoff between Toyota Motor Credit, the Justice Department and the CFPB is over, with the captive agreeing to pay up to $21.9 million in restitution to minority borrowers the regulators allege were overcharged on their auto loans. The captive also agreed to lower its dealer markup caps.

Tags: Auto Loans, CFPB, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, dealer markups, dealer participation, Department of Justice, pricing discrimination, rate markup, Toyota Motor Credit Corp

February 2, 2016 - Industry News

F&I Think Tank Adds Top Compliance Experts

Six of the industry’s top compliance experts will be at the Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel to lead a 20 Group-like session on compliance. Aside from fielding questions from attendees, the group will tackle some pervasive regulatory myths surrounding the F&I office.

Tags: CFPB, Compliance, David Robertson, FTC, jim ganther, Karen Klees, Michael Tuno, NADA, Randy Henrick, Robert Harkins

January 21, 2016 - Industry News

Dealertrack Releases 2016 Dealertrack Compliance Guide

The new edition contains new federal laws that have gone into effect this year. It also contains instructions on how dealers can implement a compliance management system, among other features.

Tags: CFPB, Compliance, compliance guide, Dealertrack, FTC

January 21, 2016 - Industry News

House Republicans Ask Attorney General to Halt Ally Settlement Payouts

Republican member of the House Financial Services Committee have once again release internal CFPB documents. This time, the documents show that some settlement checks being dispersed as part of the bureau’s $98 million settlement with Ally Financial and Ally Bank have been going to white borrowers.

Tags: CFPB, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Disparate Impact, Settlement

January 21, 2016 - Industry News

CFPB: BHPH Dealer to Pay $800,000 for Abusive Financing Practices

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has taken action against Herbies Auto Sales for abusive financing schemes, hiding auto finance charges and misleading consumers. The buy-here, pay-here operation was ordered to pay $700,000 in restitution and a civil penalty of $100,000.

Tags: buy-here, CFPB, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Deceptive Practices, fine, pay-here

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