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September 29, 2015 - Industry News

Fifth Third Bank to Cap Dealer Markups

The CFPB and DOJ announced two actions against Fifth Third Bank on Monday, one of which requires the finance source to pay $18 million in restitution to minority auto loan borrowers, as well as limit its dealer partners’ ability to markup interest rates on auto loans.

Tags: Auto Lending, CFPB, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Deceptive Advertising, Department of Justice, discrimination, Fifth Third, Fifth Third Bank

August 11, 2015 - Industry News

CFPB Says Santander Violated Fair Lending Laws

The CFPB has notified the Department of Justice that Santander Consumer USA’s auto lending practices have allegedly violated fair lending laws, according to a regulatory filing.

Tags: Auto Lending, CFPB, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Department of Justice, discrimination, DOJ, rate markup, Santander Consumer USA

August 6, 2015 - Industry News

CFPB Urges Fifth Third Bank to Cap Dealer Markup

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The Wall Street Journal reported this week that the CFPB is urging Fifth Third Bank to cap dealer markup as part of a potential settlement with the regulator.

Tags: Auto Lending, CFPB, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Department of Justice, discrimination, DOJ, Fifth Third Bank, Honda Financial Services, rate markup, Settlement

July 30, 2015 - Industry News

House Committee Passes Bill to Repeal CFPB's Auto Lending Guidance

This week, a U.S. House committee passed H.R. 1737, a bipartisan bill that aims to repeal the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s 2013 guidance on dealer participation.

Tags: CFPB, Congress, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, discrimination, legislation, NADA, National Automobile Dealers Association, Peter K. Welch

July 28, 2015 - Industry News

NADA Still Pushing For CFPB Transparency

One day after the CFPB rejected its Freedom of Information Act request to release an internal memo that proves the bureau is targeting dealers, the NADA urged members of the U.S. House Financial Services Committee to pass a bill that would repeal the bureau’s auto lending guidance.

Tags: CFPB, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, dealer markups, discrimination, Honda Financial Services, NADA, National Automobile Dealers Association

July 16, 2015 - Industry News

CFPB’s Cordray Commends Honda’s New Markup Policy

At the CFPB’s semi-annual report to Congress Wednesday, the bureau’s director praised Honda Finance for setting limitations on dealers’ ability to mark up interest rates on auto loans. But he also fielded questions about whether the bureau is overstepping its jurisdiction.

Tags: CFPB, Congress, consumer complaints, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, discrimination, Honda Financial Services, Richard Cordray

July 1, 2015 - Industry News

CFPB Preparing to Cite Three Captives, American Banker Reports

According to proposed consent orders obtained by American Banker, Honda, Nissan and Toyota’s captive finance companies could soon be on the hook for dealer participation policies.

Tags: American Honda Finance, Auto Lending, captive finance, CFPB, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Department of Justice, discrimination, DOJ, Honda, Nissan, Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp., Toyota, Toyota Financial Services, Toyota Motor Credit Corp

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

BB&T Switching to Flat Fee Compensation Model

BB&T Bank’s dealer finance arm announced today that it is switching to a flat fee compensation model that eliminates dealer markups on retail installment sales contracts, effective July 1.

Tags: Auto Lending, BB&T, CFPB, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, dealer discretionary compensation, dealer markups, dealer reserve, discrimination, Flat Fees, flat program, flats

February 19, 2015 - Industry News

Five Trade Groups Urge CFPB to Fix ‘Flaws’ in Fair Lending Enforcement

A coalition of five trade groups representing the nation’s largest auto finance sources urged the CFPB to review and respond publicly to a study that questions its methodology for measuring disparities in dealer reserve.

Tags: BISG, CFPB, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, discrimination, fair lending, lenders, NADA, reserve, Study

February 17, 2015 - Industry News

N.C. Dealerships Reach $225K Settlement in Predatory Loan Case

Two used-car dealerships and their owner reached a settlement this month with the Department of Justice and the state attorney general. The settlement resolves a lawsuit that alleged the dealerships charged African American buyers more for loans and repossessed vehicles without reasonable notice.

Tags: Attorney General, Department of Justice, discrimination, fair lending, GPS devices, Lawsuit, North Carolina, Repossessions

December 30, 2014 - Industry News

Mass. AG Investigating Santander’s Subprime Lending Business

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley has ordered Santander Consumer USA to produce documents related to its subprime auto lending business. The AG said she is also looking into the practices of a handful of other auto lenders.

Tags: Attorney General, Auto Lending, compliance, discrimination, Santander Consumer USA, subpoena, subprime

December 4, 2014 - Industry News

CFPB, DOJ Now Targeting Honda's Captive

Honda revealed in a regulatory filing this week that its captive finance company is facing discrimination charges by the CFPB and DOJ. The revelation comes a week after Toyota’s captive said it is facing similar allegations.

Tags: Auto Lending, CFPB, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Department of Justice, discrimination

December 1, 2014 - Industry News

Toyota's Captive Issues Statement Regarding CFPB, DOJ Allegations

Toyota Motor Credit Corporation issued a statement to F&I and Showroom regarding last week’s regulatory filing. It revealed that the CFPB and the DOJ are alleging that the captive’s practices in the auto finance sector have resulted in the discriminatory pricing of auto loans.

Tags: Auto Lending, CFPB, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Department of Justice, discrimination, Investigation, Toyota Motor Credit Corp

September 18, 2014 - Industry News

CFPB Holds Auto Finance Hearing Following New Rule Proposal

Following an announcement that it would seek supervisory authority over 38 nonbank auto finance companies, the CFPB held a field hearing on the topic in Indiana this morning.

Tags: American Financial Services Association, Auto Lending, CFPB, compliance, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, discrimination, National Automobile Dealers Association, Richard Cordray

June 19, 2014 - Industry News

CFPB to Release White Paper on Proxy Methodology

During the CFPB’s semi-annual report to the House Financial Services Committee, Director Richard Cordray said the agency will be releasing a white paper on the methodology it uses to determine the presence of discrimination in auto loans.

Tags: CFPB, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, discrimination, Richard Cordray

June 9, 2014 - Industry News

7 Financial Organizations Back Disparate Impact Amendment

Rep. Scott Garrett’s amendment to H.R. 4660 would prohibit funds made available by the act from being used for litigation that relies on the disparate impact theory.

Seven financial organizations issued a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives on May 29 in support of an amendment to an appropriations bill that would limit Justice Department litigation relying on the disparate impact theory of discrimination.

Tags: amendment, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Department of Justice, discrimination, disparate, legislation

May 20, 2014 - Industry News

NADA: Flat Fees Do Not Eliminate Discretion

A memo released by the NADA this week states that the CFPB’s proposed method for eliminating fair lending risk in the auto lending arena would do no such thing. Instead, dealers would still have discretion when it comes to selecting a finance source for their customers.

Tags: Auto Lending, CFPB, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, discrimination, flats, NADA, National Automobile Dealers Association

May 15, 2014 - Industry News

DOJ Investigating Fifth Third Bank’s Auto Lending Practices

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Fifth Third Bancorp revealed in a regulatory filing this month that its indirect auto loan portfolio is being examined by the Department of Justice to determine whether the finance source engaged in discriminatory practices.

Tags: Auto Loans, CFPB, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Department of Justice, discrimination, Fifth Third, Investigation

April 3, 2014 - Industry News

CFPB Whistleblower: Bureau’s Discrimination Problem ‘Bigger Than Any Report’

Angela Martin testified before Congress this week that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has a widespread culture of discrimination and retaliation against its employees.

A lawyer with the CFPB’s Office of Enforcement made an impassioned plea before Congress yesterday, asking that the agency’s widespread discriminatory and retaliatory practices against its employees be curtailed.

Tags: CFPB, Congress, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, discrimination, employment, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

March 20, 2014 - Industry News

Evergreen Bank Moves to Flat Fees Due to Regulatory Pressures

Earlier this month, Evergreen Bank Group issued a statement about its decision to move to a flat fee pricing model. The move was in response to a low FDIC rating and alleged violations of the ECOA.

Tags: CFPB, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, discrimination, Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), FDIC, Indirect Lending

March 20, 2014 - Industry News

CFPB is ‘Least Accountable’ Federal Agency, Lawmaker Charges

Rep. Jeb Hensarling, on behalf of the House Financial Services Committee, released a video Monday calling on the CFPB to make its advisory council meetings open to the public.

Tags: CFPB, Congress, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, discrimination, Richard Cordray

March 11, 2014 - Industry News

Lawmakers Question CFPB’s Internal Management Practices

Three Republican lawmakers are requesting information from the CFPB regarding employee performance reviews after reports surfaced last week about possible racial disparities related to its internal management practices.

Tags: Auto Loans, Brittany-Marie Swanson, CFPB, Congress, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, discrimination

January 30, 2014 - Industry News

Industry Groups Question Study on Discrimination in Auto Lending

The Center for Responsible Lending released findings last week that show negotiation does not help African American and Latino car buyers secure better interest rates on auto loans. Auto trade groups, however, were critical of the study’s findings, claiming it lacks data to support its claims.

Tags: AFSA, Auto Lending, Center for Responsible Lending, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, discrimination, NADA, National Automobile Dealers Association, Study

January 28, 2014 - Industry News

NADA Launches Fair Credit Compliance Policy and Program

Last week, the NADA announced a new fair lending compliance policy and program designed to help dealers cope with growing pressure from regulators like the CFPB.

Tags: compliance, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, discrimination, interest rates, NADA Convention and Expo

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