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Fifth Third Bank to Cap Dealer Markups

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.

September 29, 2015

Santander Faces Class-Action Over ‘Worthless’ GAP Coverage
TrueCar President to Lead Google’s Self-Driving Car Initiative
Let’s Ask Joe

Let’s Ask Joe

Joe St. John may be the newest F&I trainer at Industry Summit, but he has a long history in the car business and some strong opinions about the future of the F&I office.

August 28, 2015

CFPB Says Santander Violated Fair Lending Laws

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.

August 11, 2015

TrueCar’s Painter to Step Down

TrueCar’s Painter to Step Down

TrueCar CEO Scott Painter has announced that he will vacate his post in the wake of second quarter losses of nearly $15 million.

August 6, 2015

Sonic Cautious About CFPB, But Revs Up Hybrid F&I Push

Sonic executives said the company is delaying plans to launch a captive finance company in light of the CFPB’s recent settlement with Honda Finance. But the group has given the go-ahead for the first phase of its much-delayed hybrid sales process.

July 21, 2015

CFPB, DOJ Reach $24M Settlement With Honda Finance

CFPB, DOJ Reach $24M Settlement With Honda Finance

Just two weeks after American Banker reported that the CFPB was planning to cite three captive auto finance companies for policies that allegedly caused minority car buyers to pay higher rates for auto loans, the bureau and the Department of Justice have announced a settlement with Honda Finance Corp.

July 14, 2015

Supreme Court Upholds Disparate Impact

Supreme Court Upholds Disparate Impact

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.

June 25, 2015

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.

June 23, 2015

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.

June 9, 2015

Texas DMV Closes Case Against CarGurus

The enforcement division of the Texas DMV has closed its case against CarGurus after the vehicle-shopping site made revisions to its used-car advertisements. In April, the department threatened enforcement actions because of the way the site listed used vehicles for sale.

May 12, 2015

Texas DMV Halts Plan to Fine Dealers With CarGurus Listings

The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles Enforcement Division has pulled back on its plan to fine dealers with listings on CarGurus.com after the department and the shopping site discussed revisions to CarGurus’ advertising practices in a call yesterday.

May 1, 2015