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No CFPB regulations in 2014 implementing expanded ECOA small business data collection requirements

Section 1071 of Dodd-Frank amended the Equal Credit Opportunity Act to require financial institutions to collect and maintain certain data in connection with credit applications made by women- or minority-owned businesses and...more

CFPB’s Office of Minority and Women Inclusion issues second annual report

The CFPB’s Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI) has issued its second annual report to Congress covering the OMWI’s activities in 2013. The Dodd-Frank Act required the CFPB and various other federal agencies...more

Ally Auto Lending Discrimination Settlement: What it Means for Indirect Auto and Other Lenders

The historic $98 million auto lending discrimination settlement between Ally Financial and Ally Bank (collectively, “Ally”), and the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau...more

NADA Proposes Fair Credit Compliance Policy And Program For Its Member Dealers

On January 24, the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) distributed a proposed compliance program to its members aimed at reducing the risk of discrimination allegations stemming from CFPB Bulletin 2013-02, which...more

Report Criticizes Auto Dealer Compensation, Add-On Product Practices

On January 23, the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) released a report titled “Non-Negotiable: Negotiation Doesn’t Help African-Americans and Latinos on Dealer-Financed Car Loans.” The report provides the results of CRL’s...more

Highway To The Danger Zone: Automotive Lending And The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

This past March, Carl Nuss — a 75-year-old used car dealer from Birmingham, Alabama — received a letter from one of his customers, requesting that Mr. Nuss reduce the customer’s interest rate to six percent since the customer...more

Justice Department, U.S. Attorney, N.C. Attorney General Sue over Reverse Redlining by Auto Dealers

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and the North Carolina Attorney General filed a complaint last week against two corporations that own two “buy here, pay here” used car dealerships, as well as...more

CFPB, DOJ Announce First Joint Fair Lending Action Against Indirect Auto Finance Company

This morning, the CFPB and the DOJ announced their first ever joint fair lending enforcement action to resolve allegations that an auto finance company’s dealer compensation policy, which allowed for auto dealer discretion in...more

A future without dealer participation and what it should look like, according to the CFPB

At the CFPB’s auto finance forum on November 14, Director Cordray and other CFPB officials reiterated their distaste for dealer finance charge participation as a method of dealer compensation in the indirect auto finance...more

CFPB responds to letter from Senators raising concerns about auto fair lending guidance

The CFPB has responded to the October 30 letter it received from a bipartisan group of 22 U.S. Senators raising concerns about the fair lending auto finance bulletin issued by the CFPB this past March. The Senators’ letter...more

Special Alert: Agencies Issue Joint Statement On Fair Lending Compliance And The CFPB’s ATR/QM Rule

On October 22, the CFPB, the OCC, the FDIC, the Federal Reserve Board, and the NCUA (collectively, the Agencies) issued a joint statement (Interagency Statement) in response to inquiries from creditors concerning their...more

CFPB, FTC Join In FCRA Amicus Brief

On October 4, the CFPB and the FTC filed an amicus brief in a Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) case pending in the Ninth Circuit. The brief argues that the seven-year period during which a criminal arrest can be reported...more

Recent Rulings Find Preemption of State Law Claims and Enforce Airline Contracts of Carriage

In the past few months, courts have issued several decisions favorable to the airlines finding preemption of various state law claims and rejecting breach of contract claims. The decisions address a variety of passenger...more

E-Cigarettes Test Workplace Smoking Policies

E-Cigarettes Test Workplace Smoking Policies by Donald M. Pepe on September 25, 2013 New York and New Jersey both prohibit “smoking” in the workplace. However, the growing popularity of electronic cigarettes poses new...more

DOJ Settles Fair Lending Case against Auto Dealer

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently settled a fair lending lawsuit against Union Auto Sales, Inc., a California automobile dealer. This means that, once again, a DOJ attempt to use disparate impact evidence to...more

The SCRA and Student Loans—Senate Hearings Highlight Agency Collaboration on Investigative and Enforcement Activities

Congress enacted the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA or “Act”), a law whose origins date back to the Civil War, to strengthen the national defense through certain protections provided to servicemembers. By protecting...more

Equal Credit Opportunity Act — A Primer on Disparate Impact, Part One

What is fair? In the area of credit, it would seem to mean being treated equally. Thus, for example, the Federal Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) states that it is unlawful for a creditor to discriminate against an...more

The CFPB’s response to June 20, 2013 Congressional letter regarding the indirect auto lending bulletin: raises more questions than...

On August 2, 2013, the CFPB responded to the June 20, 2013 letter from 35 Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives, questioning the manner in which the CFPB developed recent guidance regarding indirect auto...more

ABA and MBA ask CFPB to reconsider coverage of business credit in ECOA appraisal rule

The American Bankers Association and the Mortgage Bankers Association have sent a letter to the CFPB asking it to reconsider the applicability of the final Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) appraisal rule to business...more

HUD Sets Stage For FCA Claims Against Fund Recipients

The Fair Housing Act requires agencies to administer their programs and activities relating to housing and urban development “affirmatively to further” fair housing. Recipients of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban...more

CFPB issues ECOA baseline review procedures for examiners

The CFPB has issued “ECOA Baseline Review Procedures” to be used by its examiners. (The CFPB has labeled the procedures “guidance” and did not add them to its Supervision and Examination Manual.)...more

CFPB, Federal Reserve Board, DOJ Plan Indirect Auto Fair Lending Compliance Event

On July 15, the Federal Reserve Board announced that it will co-host an upcoming consumer compliance webinar with the CFPB and the DOJ entitled “Indirect Auto Lending – Fair Lending Considerations.” ...more

Elizabeth Warren and Bill Nelson support OCC and FDIC on deposit advances

A friend brought to my attention a two-page comment letter from Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bill Nelson, commenting on the OCC’s proposed deposit advance guidance, the subject of a prior blog....more

House Democrats request auto fair lending information from the CFPB

We have previously blogged about the CFPB’s laser-like focus on the fair lending practices of banks and non-banks purchasing auto finance consumer contracts from auto dealers....more

CFPB Issues Subpoenas to Motor Vehicle Lenders: Discretion = Discrimination?

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFBP) has taken another step in its attempts to ensure “fair” pricing in indirect motor vehicle financing transactions. This latest development highlights the CFPB’s focus on the...more

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