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CFPB Drives Action Against Auto-Finance Company

Putting the brakes on what it viewed as aggressive debt-collection tactics, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) filed suit in Ohio federal court on June 17, 2015, against Security National Automotive Acceptance...more

DOT Issues Scathing Internal Report of NHTSA’s Defect Investigation Processes

In the wake of GM’s ignition-switch, the Secretary of Transportation, Anthony R. Foxx, directed an investigation into NHTSA’s defect investigation policies and procedures. Specifically, Secretary Foxx requested that the U.S....more

CFPB Publishes Final Rule that Allows its Supervision of Nonbank Auto Finance Companies

On June 10, CFPB published a final rule today that allows the agency to begin supervising large, nonbank auto finance companies for the first time. The newly adopted rule will extend the CFPB’s supervision to any nonbank auto...more

New York AG Announces Nearly $14 Million Agreement with Local Auto Dealers Over Deceptive Sales Practices, Plans to Sue an...

On June 17, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced an approximate $14 million agreement with three jointly-owned auto dealers in connection with the alleged unlawful sale of add-on products, such as credit...more

CFPB Continues Crackdown on Fair Lending: Marketing Materials Targeted

In a recent guidance bulletin, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau reminded mortgage lenders to heed their Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) obligations when considering applicants receiving public assistance income....more

6 Ways for Car Dealers to Avoid a $540,000 Sexual Harassment Jury Verdict

Many dealers took notice of the recent sexual harassment jury verdict against a Massachusetts Lexus dealer, in which a jury awarded $500,000 in punitive damages against the dealership although it awarded only $40,000 in...more

Pink Flamingos and the Compliance Audit

The creator of one of the most ubiquitous symbols of mid-century Americana died earlier this week. Don Featherstone, the creator of the pink plastic lawn flamingo, the ultimate symbol of American lawn kitsch, has died. He was...more

CFPB Expands Supervision to Nonbank Auto Finance Companies

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has published a rule that expands the CFPB’s supervision to nonbank auto finance companies for the first time. The CFPB currently supervises automobile financing at the largest...more

FTC Follows in CFPB Footsteps with GLBA Privacy Notices

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently proposed amendments to its Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) rules requiring motor vehicle dealers to send their customers an annual privacy notice. The amendments would allow motor...more

Manufacturing Contracts in Distress

The automotive industry has recently enjoyed a strong period of sales growth and productivity. But even during this period, some manufacturers and raw materials suppliers continue to face pressures presented by financially...more

Telematics and Usage-Based Insurance

The NAIC’s Center for Insurance Policy and Research (CIPR) released a white paper analyzing the future of "telematics" in premium rate-making by auto insurers. Telematics allow for the measurement of actual driving...more

Expert Declaration in Conjunction with Circumstantial Evidence Sufficient to Defeat Summary Judgment in Vehicle Defect Case

In Pavoni v. Chrysler Group, LLC, 2015 No. 13-55761 (“Pavoni”), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that plaintiffs’ expert declaration in conjunction with circumstantial evidence of the incident were sufficient to raise...more

Autonomous Driving Means Big Bucks for Everyone

New insights from McKinsey & Company demonstrate one common theme: the more autonomous vehicles take over the world, the more money saved and the more revenue earned by almost everyone. McKinsey interviewed over 30 industry...more

UPDATE: CFPB Publishes Rule Authorizing it to Supervise Auto Finance Companies

On June 10, 2015, the CFPB published a new regulation that has been dreaded by the auto finance industry for more than a year. Following up on the rule it proposed in June 2014, the CFPB published a final rule on June 10,...more

3D Printing, Innovation Protection, and Manufacturing: The Big Change is Now

Intellectual property (IP) law is undergoing a major transformation just as additive manufacturing? or 3D printing? has begun to revolutionize the manufacturing industry. The interplay between these two forces could end up...more

EU Seeks to Balance Emissions Controls and Global Competitiveness

The European Union has placed a growing emphasis on climate change policies in recent years, and the week of June 15–19 marks the 10th annual European Union Sustainable Energy Week focusing on “sustainable mobility,”...more

CFPB Finalizes Automobile Finance Larger Participant Rule and Publishes Examination Procedures

On June 10, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced a final rule that will allow it to supervise larger nonbank automobile finance companies. Accompanying the rule, it also published the procedures...more

FTC Provides Annual Financial Acts Enforcement Report to CFPB and Federal Reserve

On June 9, the FTC announced that it has provided to the CFPB its 2014 Annual Financial Acts Enforcement Report. The report highlights the FTC’s enforcement, research, rulemaking, and policy development activities with...more

CFPB Finalizes Rule to Supervise Nonbank Auto Finance Companies, Releases Auto Finance Examination Procedures for Banks, Nonbanks

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has issued a final rule allowing it to supervise nonbank companies that qualify as “larger participants of a market for automobile financing.” Relatedly, it adopted simultaneously a...more

CFPB finalizes rule to supervise nonbank auto finance companies and releases auto finance examination procedures for banks and...

The CFPB issued a final rule on June 10, 2015 allowing it to supervise nonbank companies that qualify as “larger participants of a market for automobile financing.” Relatedly, it adopted simultaneously a separate rule...more

NHTSA Seeks to Push Beyond the “New Normal” and into the “New Paradigm”

In recent years, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has received increased public and Congressional scrutiny stemming from high-profile safety defects, such as the Toyota unintended-acceleration issues...more

CFPB Finalizes Rules to Regulate Nonbank Auto Lenders

The CFPB adopted a final that allows the agency to supervise larger nonbank auto finance companies for the first time. The CFPB also released the examination procedures that its examiners will use. Currently, the Bureau...more

CFPB Issues Final Rule Regarding Nonbank Auto Finance Companies – Vespa Dealers Breath Sigh of Relief

Today the CFPB issued its long-awaited final rule regarding larger participants in the nonbank auto finance market that will allow the Bureau to supervise larger nonbank auto finance companies for the first time. The CFPB...more

Why "Side Agreements" with your Customers are a Bad Idea

Your Sales and F&I teams are probably willing to go the “extra mile” to close a sale with a customer, but when that “extra mile” includes making a “side agreement” to lend the customer money to close the deal, it’s time to...more

If Congress Wants to Limit EPA’s Discretion, Perhaps It Should Do a Better Job Legislating

Earlier this week, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected both industry and environmental group petitions challenging EPA’s determination of what is a solid waste in the context of Clean Air Act standards for incinerators...more

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