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
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
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.
August 6, 2015
The New York attorney general’s crackdown on an F&I product provider and the dealerships that sold its credit repair services comes at a time when federal regulators are expected to tighten the screws on add-on sales.
August 5, 2015
This week, Penske Automotive’s chairman said that Honda Financial Corp’s new markup cap will still allow dealers to be fairly compensated. He also noted that the dealer group has had markup caps in place for years.
July 30, 2015
Asbury Automotive executives were confident that the dealer group’s internal caps on dealer markup and its fixed F&I product prices will keep it safe from any actions by regulators.
July 23, 2015
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.
July 16, 2015
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
The CFPB won’t lose a key weapon in its auto-lending crackdown, but the court’s 5-4 decision does open the door to challenges in auto finance.
July 9, 2015
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
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
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.
June 18, 2015
The House passed an amendment Wednesday that would bar the Department of Justice from using funds for litigation in which the regulator seeks to apply the disparate impact theory.
June 4, 2015
More than 50 members of Congress have signed a letter urging the CFPB to issue new rules to eliminate the use of forced arbitration clauses in consumer financial service contracts.
May 28, 2015
For the first time, the public dealer group’s F&I profit per deal average surpassed the $1,500 mark. Officials said the company will continue to emphasize F&I product sales as it preps for the launch of an AutoNation-branded maintenance contract later this year.
April 23, 2015