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CFPB announces September 18 auto finance field hearing

The CFPB has announced that it will be holding a field hearing on auto finance on September 18 in Indianapolis. The announcement indicates that the hearing will feature remarks from Director Richard Cordray, as well as...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - August 2014

In This Issue: - Lawmakers Urge Fed to Clarify Emergency Lending Rules - CFPB Pushing Colleges to Be More Transparent in Bank Deals - Report Finds Reversal in Trend Toward Subprime Auto Loans - CFPB Concerned...more

Furnishing Information to the Bureaus? Make Sure It Is Accurate

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) fined an auto lender for allegedly knowingly furnishing inaccurate consumer information to credit bureaus. The CFPB suggests that the lender used a third-party vendor that had...more

CFPB Enforcement Action Targets Auto Finance Company’s Credit Reporting Practices

On August 20, the CFPB announced a consent order with a Texas-based auto finance company to address alleged deficiencies in the finance company’s credit reporting practices. The company offers both direct and indirect...more

Furnishers Beware – CFPB Signals That Civil Penalties May Be Appropriate Even Without Any Actual Consumer Injury

Yesterday, the CFPB announced a consent order with First Investors Financial Services Group, Inc., an auto finance company that both makes loans to consumers and purchases retail installment sale contracts from auto dealers....more

Lender Agrees to Pay CFPB $2.75 Million Fine for Distorting Credit Records

The CFPB obtained a consent order from an auto finance company that allegedly distorted consumer credit records for years. The auto finance company, which according to the CFPB lends primarily to subprime borrowers, allegedly...more

Trade groups take aim at NY Times call for CFPB action on subprime auto loans

Two leading industry trade groups have disputed a recent New York Times editorial entitled “When a Car Loan Means Bankruptcy,” which attempted to draw parallels between subprime auto loans and subprime mortgage loans. The...more

DOJ Probes Subprime Auto-Lending under FIRREA

Two of the largest subprime auto-lenders disclosed last week that they have received subpoenas from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York is leading an...more

Court Lets Debt-Collector Amend Answer and Assert Counterclaim for Plaintiff’s Debt

In a TCPA class action case concerning debt collection calls, the Southern District of California recently granted a debt-collector defendant’s motion to file an amended answer and assert a counterclaim for breach of contract...more

State Attorneys General Bringing Actions Under Dodd-Frank

As the CFPB celebrates its three-year anniversary, the current trend appears to be lawsuits brought by state attorneys general or state regulators pursuant to their authority under Dodd-Frank Section 1042. Under Section 1042,...more

Florida Restricts Certain Auto Finance Ancillary Product Practices

On June 13, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed HB 783, which prohibits an “affiliated finance company”—i.e. an auto manufacturer’s or wholesale distributor’s captive finance company, as defined by the law—from (i) refusing to...more

The CFPB Eyes Supervisory Regulation Over Large Auto-Lenders

Large auto-lenders may soon have to contend with a new regulator. In its most recent semi-annual report, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) highlighted its intent to promulgate a new rule which would subject...more

CFPB Director Announces Indirect Auto Finance Proxy Methodology White Paper, Discusses Numerous Other Initiatives

On June 18, in an appearance before the House Financial Services Committee, CFPB Director Richard Cordray stated that later this summer the CFPB hopes to release a white paper on the proxy methodology it employs to identify...more

CFPB to issue whitepaper on methodology for identifying auto finance discrimination and consider use of advisory opinions

While Director Cordray’s appearance at the House Financial Services Committee’s hearing on the CFPB’s fifth Semi-Annual Report yesterday was accompanied by the usual dose of political theater, his testimony did yield the...more

Women Drivers Take the Lead in the U.S. — Inching Ahead in Canada and U.K. Too

As women influence an estimated 80% — or more — of auto purchases, the auto industry has long targeted female buyers. Now, the industry is facing a majority of women drivers, not just buyers. According to Frost & Sullivan and...more

Advertising Law - June 2014

Auto Lender Pays $5.5M Over FDCPA, FCRA, and FTC Act Charges - More than $5.5 million was required to settle the Federal Trade Commission’s charges against Consumer Portfolio Services, a California-based auto lender...more

CFPB Report Focuses On Nonbank Financial Institutions

A new report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) highlighted the agency’s supervisory efforts with regard to nonbank financial institutions like payday lenders, debt collectors, and consumer reporting...more

CFPB Plans Supervision of Nonbank Automobile Lenders

In a May 23, 2014 blog post by Kelly Cochran, Assistant Director of Regulation, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau indicated that it is working on a “larger participant” rule for nonbank automobile lenders pursuant to...more

FTC Announces Consent Order with Subprime Auto Lender for Alleged Violations of FDCPA, FCRA

The Federal Trade Commission recently announced a consent order with a subprime auto lender for alleged violations of the Federal Trade Commission Act (FTC Act), the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), and the Fair...more

Updated CFPB Rulemaking Agenda Adds Auto Finance Larger Participant Rule, Updates Timelines For Other Rules

The CFPB recently released its latest rulemaking agenda, which lists for the first time a larger participant rule that would define the size of nonbank auto finance companies subject to the CFPB’s supervisory authority. ...more

Reaffirming Your Car Loan in Bankruptcy

Here in Phoenix, Arizona we are spread out quite a bit. I live in the far east valley and drive about 40 miles into work each day. Needless to say Arizonans need a vehicle to get to work and shuttle their family around....more

CFPB confirms plans for auto finance larger participant rule in rulemaking agenda

In the latest semi-annual update of its rulemaking agenda, the CFPB officially confirmed that it plans to propose a rule to define “larger participants of a market for auto lending.” ...more

Vicarious Liability of Motor Vehicle Lessors in Canada

The equipment finance industry breathed a sigh of relief when Federal legislation was enacted in 2005 preempting state laws imposing vicarious liability on lessors of motor vehicles. That relief may have been premature if the...more

CFPB Releases Fair Lending Report

The CFPB released its Fair Lending Report to Congress, which provides an update on the CFPB’s efforts with respect to its fair lending mandate. Section 1013 of the Dodd-Frank Act requires the CFPB’s Office of Fair Lending and...more

DOJ And CFPB Team Up To Take On Auto And Mortgage Lenders

The CFPB and the Department of Justice (DOJ) are joining forces to pursue damages and penalties against consumer lenders for violation of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) in pricing consumer loans....more

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