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DOJ Mystery-Shopped Md. Dealership Before Suing for Racial Bias
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

Solving the CFPB Problem

Solving the CFPB Problem

The man who has led the NADA’s regulatory advocacy efforts since 2006 believes the tide may be turning in the CFPB’s attack on dealer participation.

August 28, 2015

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.

July 28, 2015

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.

February 17, 2015

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.

December 30, 2014

7 Financial Organizations Back Disparate Impact Amendment

7 Financial Organizations Back Disparate Impact Amendment

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.

June 9, 2014

CFPB is ‘Least Accountable’ Federal Agency, Lawmaker Charges
Evergreen Bank Moves to Flat Fees Due to Regulatory Pressures
Consumer Group Seeks to Eliminate Rate Markups in California

Consumer Group Seeks to Eliminate Rate Markups in California

A consumer advocacy group has filed a new ballot initiative with the California attorney general’s office. Part of the initiative aims to eliminate dealer markups, something California New Car Dealer Association President Brian Maas says would harm consumers.

December 3, 2013

CFPB Orders U.S. Bank, DFS to Pay $6.5M in Restitution

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has ordered U.S. Bank and its nonbank partner company, Dealers’ Financial Services, to pay restitution to participants in the Military Installment Loans and Educational Services (MILES) auto loans program.

June 27, 2013

Banks, Legal Insiders React to CFPB's Discrimination Claims

Experts weigh in on recent reports that the CFPB issued warnings to banks over practices related to auto retail installment sales transactions. If reports are correct, experts believe the CFPB may be stretching the definition of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act too far.

February 28, 2013