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CFPB Report Recaps Fair Lending Activities

On April 30, the CFPB published its second annual report to Congress on its fair lending activities. According to the report, in 2013 federal regulators referred 24 ECOA-related matters to the DOJ—6 by the CFPB—as opposed to...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

CFPB Releases Second Fair Lending Report

The CFPB released its second Fair Lending Report to Congress last week, summarizing the Bureau’s fair lending actions in the last year and a half. The Report highlighted the Bureau’s creation and implementation of a...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

Automobile Dealer Trade Group Issues Guidance In Response to Recent CFPB Enforcement Action

In response to a recent joint enforcement action by the CFPB and Department of Justice alleging violations of the Equal Opportunity Credit Act, and its implementing regulation, Regulation B, the National Automobile Dealers...more

DOJ Hits First Bank Target in ‘Operation Choke Point’

Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lengthy complaint and consent order in a lawsuit against Four Oaks Bank & Trust Company. The DOJ action is the first lawsuit (and settlement) under "Operation Choke...more

Financial Services Law -- Jan 17, 2014

Community Banks and the Volcker Rule: What’s Next? - For now, banks that have investments in CDO securities that are issued by funds that are invested in trust preferred securities (TruPS CDOs) have dodged a bullet. On...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

CFPB and DOJ Enter Into First Joint Fair Lending Consent Order with Indirect Auto Finance Company

On December 20, 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and U.S. Department of Justice entered into a joint fair lending settlement with Ally Financial, Inc. and Ally Bank to resolve allegations that the Company’s...more

Report On CFPB’s Auto Finance Forum

This morning, the CFPB hosted an auto finance forum, which featured remarks from CFPB staff and other federal regulators, consumer advocates, and industry representatives. Some of the highlights include...more

DOJ Settles Fair Lending Cases against Mortgage Lenders

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently settled fair lending lawsuits against two mortgage lenders. Both actions involved DOJ attempts to use disparate impact evidence to establish that a lender engaged in a “pattern or...more

Justice Department Announces Three Fair Lending Actions

Recently, the DOJ released information regarding three fair lending actions, all three of which included allegations related to wholesale lending programs. On September 27, the DOJ announced separate actions—one against a...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

CFPB participates in agency auto fair lending webinar

Yesterday, the CFPB, jointly with the Federal Reserve Board and the Department of Justice, held a webinar on fair lending considerations related to “indirect auto lending” programs....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

CFPB Fair Lending Guidance for Indirect Auto Lenders—It’s Not Just About Cars

Several weeks ago, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) issued a fair lending guidance bulletin (“Bulletin”) directed at financial institutions that make indirect automobile loans. While the Bulletin thus far has...more

Insights Into The Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force Priorities For 2013

On March 20, 2013, Michael Bresnick, Executive Director of DOJ’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force gave a speech at the Exchequer Club of Washington, DC highlighting recent accomplishments of the Task Force and outlining...more

Infobytes - A Weekly In-depth review of news & developments in the financial services industry - March 22, 2013

In This Issue: - FEDERAL ISSUES - STATE ISSUES - COURTS - MISCELLANY - FIRM NEWS - FIRM PUBLICATIONS - MORTGAGES - BANKING - CONSUMER FINANCE - SECURITIES - E-COMMERCE -...more

DOJ Settles Another ‘Pattern or Practice’ Fair Lending Case

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently settled a fair lending lawsuit against Texas Champion Bank. This means that, once again, a DOJ attempt to use disparate impact evidence to establish that a lender engaged in a...more

Mortgage Banking Update - February 21, 2013

In This Issue: - MERS Has Power To Assign Interest in Deed of Trust, Borrower Can Challenge Assignment of Mortgage, First Circuit Rules - Federal Judge Refuses To Dismiss Arizona Mortgage Class Action Alleging...more

Settlement of Michigan Lending Discrimination Lawsuit Underscores Regulatory Focus on Equal Access to Credit

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has reached a settlement with Community Bank of St. Charles, Michigan, in a federal lending discrimination lawsuit filed by DOJ against the bank....more

Infobytes - A Weekly In-depth review of news & developments in the financial services industry - January 18, 2013

In This Issue: - FEDERAL ISSUES - STATE ISSUES - COURTS - FIRM NEWS - FIRM PUBLICATIONS - MORTGAGES - BANKING - CONSUMER FINANCE - E-COMMERCE - PRIVACY/DATA SECURITY - PAYMENTS -...more

CFPB and Justice Department Agree to Coordinate Fair Lending Enforcement Efforts

The U.S. Department of Justice and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau have signed an agreement to coordinate fair lending enforcement efforts, including the sharing of information, joint investigations, and referrals...more

CFPB Fair Lending Updates – Expectations for Enforcement and Regulation in 2013

Signaling that 2013 will be another eventful year in the fair lending world, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB” or “Bureau”) issued two items this month that reveal an ambitious agenda for fair lending...more

The Bureau and DOJ “agree to agree” on fair lending

On December 6, 2012, the CFPB and the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) executed a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) aimed at strengthening their coordination in connection with fair lending investigations....more

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