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FTC Fines Texas Dealer’s Financing Arm $82,000

The loan-servicing arm of Texas-based auto dealer Tricolor Auto Group will pay $82,777 in civil penalties as part of a settlement to address the FTC’s claims that it violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act’s Furnisher Rule.

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Dealer to Pay $12,500 Fine for Illegal Leasing Practices

Credit Connection Auto Sales in central Pennsylvania has settled with the state’s attorney general for allegedly leasing vehicles that needed a considerable amount of repair work and using lease agreements that did not comply with federal law.

CFPB Urges Fifth Third Bank to Cap Dealer Markup

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.

N.J. Consumer Affairs Division Reaches $25K Settlement with Dealer

The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs and AutoSource Group, a used-car dealership, have settled a lawsuit filed by the regulator earlier this year. The dealership was accused of failing to disclose the condition of its cars, among other things.

N.Y. AG Announces Two Actions Against Dealers

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced two separate actions this week against a 22-store dealer group and a Hyundai dealership, both related to deceptive advertising practices.

Two Las Vegas Dealers Settle FTC Charges

Two auto dealers in Las Vegas agreed to settle FTC charges that they used deceptive ads to promote the sale or leasing of their vehicles, including advertising heavily discounted prices that were not generally available to consumers.

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.

N.J. Dealerships to Pay $135,000 Settlement

The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs has reached a $135,000 settlement with Bergen Auto Enterprises, which does business as Wayne Mazda and Wayne Auto Mall Hyundai. The dealerships were accused of engaging in deceptive business and advertising practices.

BMW Settles FTC Charges

BMW of North America has agreed to settle FTC charges that its MINI Division violated the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act by telling consumers that BMW would void their warranty unless they used MINI parts and MINI dealers to perform maintenance and repair work.

CPS CEO: Finance Source Ahead of the Compliance Curve

Consumer Portfolio Services CEO Charles Bradley laid out the lender’s compliance efforts during a quarterly earnings call last week. The finance source’s subprime lending activities are currently being investigated by Department of Justice.