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December 15, 2017 - Industry News

TrueCar Settles California Dealer Suit

TrueCar has agreed to switch California auto dealers from a pay-per-sale to a flat-fee subscription model and double their indemnity to $50,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by the California New Car Dealers Association.

Tags: California New Car Dealers Association, compliance, digital retailing, third-party sites, TrueCar

December 6, 2017 - Industry News

GOA Says Congress Can Review CFPB’s Guidance on Dealer Participation

The Government Accountability Office said on Tuesday that the bureau’s March 2013 bulletin on dealer participation falls under the Congressional Review Act, a decision that clears the way for the Republican-controlled Congress to repeal the bureau’s controversial guidance.

Tags: auto finance, CFPB, compliance, dealer markups, dealer participation

December 1, 2017 - Industry News

Fight for Control of CFPB Not Over, Democrats Say

Sen. Chris Dodd and former Rep. Barney Frank say the CFPB-creating law bearing their names does not fall under the purview of the Federal Vacancies Reform Act. They joined other Democrats and activists last week in announcing plans to challenge a federal judge's ruling that denied a CFPB official's attempt to block President Trump’s interim director appointee.

Tags: auto finance, CFPB, compliance, Dodd-Frank Act, Donald Trump

November 27, 2017 - Industry News

Two’s a Crowd: Battle for Control of CFPB Heads to Court

Mick Mulvaney speaking at an event in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Gage Skidmore)

Staffers with the CFPB returned from the Thanksgiving break on Monday to two acting directors, a lawsuit, dueling emails, and a bag of doughnuts.

Tags: CFPB, compliance, Donald Trump, Leandra English, Mick Mulvaney, Richard Cordray

November 16, 2017 - Industry News

Wells Fargo Dealer Services Adds $5.4M to 2016 Military Repo Settlement

The latest payout is related to the $4.1 million settlement the bank reached in September 2016 to resolve the DOJ’s allegations that the bank violated the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act. According to the DOJ, the bank identified an additional 450 servicemembers impacted by its unlawful repossessions between January 2008 and July 2015.

Tags: auto finance, compliance, Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, Wells Fargo Dealer Services

November 16, 2017 - Industry News

EFG Companies: 2018 to See Increased Focus on F&I, Service Drive, Customer Loyalty

John Pappanastos, president and CEO of EFG Companies

EFG Companies issued its 2018 predictions and recommendations for the retail automotive and powersports F&I markets this week. These insights reflect another year of cautiousness as well as opportunity for dealers to navigate an uncertain business climate.

Tags: CFPB, compliance, Customer Service, digital retailing, EFG Companies, general agents, new-vehicle sales, parts and service, service drive

November 15, 2017 - Industry News

Cordray Tells CFPB Staffers He Is Stepping Down

In an employee email obtained by F&I and Showroom, CFPB Director Richard Cordray announced he will leave his post by the end of November.

Tags: auto finance, CFPB, compliance, dealer participation, Richard Cordray

November 9, 2017 - Industry News

Bloomberg: Senate Banking Chair Closing In on Bipartisan Dodd-Frank Rollback

Republican Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) told reporters on Wednesday he’s getting closer to brokering a deal on bipartisan legislation aimed at rolling back parts of the Dodd-Frank Act.

Tags: auto finance, compliance, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Dodd-Frank Act

November 6, 2017 - Industry News

Norm Reeves Dealerships to Pay $1.4 Million for Violating 2014 FTC Order

The Southern California-based dealer group was charged with violating a 2014 administrative order prohibiting it from misrepresenting in advertisements how much consumers could pay to finance or lease a vehicle.

Tags: compliance, Consumer Leasing Act, Federal Trade Commission, Norm Reeves, Truth in Lending Act

October 25, 2017 - Industry News

Pence Casts Tiebreaking Vote to Kill CFPB's Arbitration Rule

The vice president cast his tiebreaking vote late Tuesday night. The measure now heads to President Trump's desk, where it is likely to be signed. Once it does, not only will the CFPB's arbitration rule be invalidated, the bureau won't be allowed to issue a similar rule unless authorized to do so in a subsequent law.

Tags: Arbitration, CFPB, compliance, F&I products

October 24, 2017 - Industry News

Consumer Advocacy Group Calls for Regulatory Review of F&I Product Pricing

The National Consumer Law Center is calling on lawmakers and regulators to investigate how dealers price F&I protections, claiming that an analysis of approximately 1.8 million vehicle transactions revealed inconsistent and discriminatory price markups over a span of six years.

Tags: auto finance, CFPB, compliance, dealer markups, F&I products

August 28, 2017 - Industry News

Santander's Jason Kulas Resigns

Jason Kulas

Replacing Kulas, who was named CEO in July 2015 and president in February 2016, is Scott Powell, who will maintain his titles as CEO of Santander Holdings USA Inc. and as Santander Group's United States country head.

Tags: auto finance, compliance, Santander Consumer USA

August 24, 2017 - Industry News

GM: Dealers Must Disclose Non-GM Parts, Service Contracts

General Motors dealers who sell non-GM service contracts, parts and accessories must now disclose to their customers that the products are not backed by the automaker. Dealers who don’t comply face possible termination of their franchise agreement.

Tags: aftermarket accessories, California New Car Dealers Association, compliance, General Motors, NADA, National Automobile Dealers Association, Regulations, vehicle service contracts

August 21, 2017 - Industry News

N.J. Dealer Agrees to Pay $136,000 to Resolve Consumer Fraud Investigation

Three days after the New York attorney general's office reached settlement with a dealer for tacking on etch after customers agreed to prices for vehicles and often without their knowledge, New Jersey Attorney General Christopher Porrino reached an agreement with Sansone Hyundai to settle similar charges.

Tags: Christopher S. Porrino, compliance, Etch, New Jersey Attorney General, payment packing, Sansone Hyundai, vehicle service contracts

August 17, 2017 - Industry News

‘Father of F&I Menu’ to Hold Court at F&I Think Tank

George Angus, referred to as the ‘Father of the F&I Menu,’ will be at Industry Summit’s F&I Think Tank to take attendees down F&I’s memory lane during a special lunchtime address. They will be entertained and enlightened, as this legendary trainer shares the good, the bad, and the ugly of the F&I profession.

Tags: auto finance, compliance, F&I products, George Angus, Team One Group

August 16, 2017 - Industry News

'Total Loss Protection' at Center of NY Dealer's $298K Settlement With State AG

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced that Nissan of New Rochelle will pay $298,000 in restitution and penalties to settle charges relating to the dealership’s “Total Loss Protection” theft-deterrent program. Photo courtesy New York State Office of the Attorney General

The office of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced that Nissan of New Rochelle will pay $298,211 in restitution, penalties and fees to settle claims the dealership charged hundreds of car buyers thousands of dollars for an ‘unwanted and bogus’ theft-deterrent product.

Tags: compliance, Eric T Schneiderman, Etch, F&I products, New York, Nissan of New Rochelle, payment packing, Total Loss Protection

August 16, 2017 - Industry News

Ziegler Joins Compliance Summit Roster as Keynote Speaker

Trainer, author, forecaster and industry firebrand Jim Ziegler will deliver the keynote address at the upcoming Compliance Summit.

Tags: auto finance, compliance, Compliance Summit, F&I manager, F&I office, Jim Ziegler

August 8, 2017 - Industry News

Mind the GAP: Wells Fargo Faces New Charges

Wells Fargo has once again found itself under regulatory scrutiny following an internal review and external inquiry that may have uncovered funds owed to car buyers who purchased GAP and paid their loans off early.

Tags: auto finance, compliance, GAP, Wells Fargo Dealer Services

August 8, 2017 - Industry News

State AGs Urge U.S. Senate to Reject Resolution to Block CFPB’s Arbitration Rule

In a letter dated July 28, 21 state attorneys general called on U.S. Senate leaders to support the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s new arbitration rule and oppose the current attempt to overturn the rule under the Congressional Review Act (CRA).

Tags: Arbitration, auto finance, CFPB, compliance, Jeb Hensarling

August 7, 2017 - Industry News

Compliance Expert Jim Ganther Joins PALS Roster

Attorney and compliance expert Jim Ganther will present ‘Providers’ Role in Dealership Compliance’ at the upcoming P&A Leadership Summit.

Tags: compliance, F&I product provider, Industry Summit, Jim Ganther, P&A Leadership Summit

July 27, 2017 - Industry News

CFPB: Small-Dollar Lending, Debt-Collection Rules Are Coming

The day Republicans introduced joint resolutions in both houses aimed at blocking the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s new arbitration rule, a bureau staffer noted in a blog post that the regulator isn't done writing, issuing and finalizing rules.

Tags: Arbitration, auto finance, CFPB, compliance, Debt Collection, Payday Lending

July 26, 2017 - Industry News

U.S. House Passes Resolution to Block CFPB's Arbitration Rule

The U.S. House passed a joint resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Rule Act to block the CFPB’s rule banning mandatory arbitration clauses in finance contracts. The resolution now needs Senate approval and the president’s signature to repeal the rule, which industry insiders say could impact the sale of F&I products.

Tags: Arbitration, auto finance, CFPB, compliance, House Financial Services Committee, Jeb Hensarling

July 25, 2017 - Industry News

Republicans Challenge CFPB’s Arbitration Rule

The day after the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau published its new arbitration rule in the Federal Register, House and Senate Republicans filed joint resolutions to block the rule from taking effect in September..

Tags: Arbitration, auto finance, CFPB, CFPB study, compliance, Jeb Hensarling

July 25, 2017 - Industry News

Hudson Cook Team Updates ‘CARLAW F&I Desk Book’

Authored by attorneys Thomas B. Hudson, Michael Benoit, Ralph Rohner and the attorneys of Hudson Cook LLP, 'CARLAW F&I Legal Desk Book (7th edition) – The Answer Book for Finance and Insurance Professionals,' presents a law-by-law, regulation-by-regulation guide through the legal maze that dealers face every day.

Tags: auto finance, CARLAW, compliance, Hudson Cook LLP, Michael Benoit, Regulations, rules, Tom Hudson

July 14, 2017 - Industry News

PALS Session to Bridge Gap Between Lenders, Product Providers

F&I Express’ Brian Reed will lead a presentation designed to establish improved lines of communication between leading executives in the auto finance and F&I product provider segments.

Tags: CFPB, compliance, F&I Express, F&I products, GAP, P&A Leadership Summit

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