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President Donald Trump promised sweeping regulatory reform on the campaign trail and could play a pivotal role in easing or eliminating some regulations affecting the auto finance industry. Photo by Gage Skidmore 5 Ways Trump Can Alter Finance
Auto dealer regulations face an uncertain future under the Trump presidency. Two California-based attorneys take a look at the road ahead for the CFPB, the FTC, and state regulators.
Service Advisors Are Working Overtime
The Ninth Circuit has reaffirmed that service advisors are not subject to exemption from overtime pay. Compliance expert unpacks Navarro v. Encino Motorcars LLC and the effect it could have on your fixed-ops budget.
Hudson: My Job Application to Mr. Trump
In response to rumors that President-elect Donald Trump is preparing to oust the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's director, the magazine’s legal eagle says he’s the right man for the job.
Magazine Offers Details on Compliance Summit Program
Scheduled for Aug. 29-30, Compliance Summit is designed to deliver a crash course in federal regulations and enforcement action to help dealers, agents and industry execs build sustainable sales and F&I processes without sacrificing productivity and profitability.
Certified for the Future
The magazine’s compliance pro breaks down Compliance Summit’s new certification component. He explains how it’s designed to address the industry’s true regulator.
Solving the CFPB Problem
The man who has led the NADA’s regulatory advocacy efforts since 2006 believes the tide may be turning in the CFPB’s attack on dealer participation.
NADA Chairman Bill Fox’s ascendance to dealership and association leadership was largely happenstance, he says. The Great Defender
New York dealer Bill Fox brings experience, passion, humility and unwavering support for the franchised dealer model to his role as 2015 NADA chairman.
Apples and Pomegranates
Consumers will suffer from the CFPB’s use of the word ‘loan’ in place of ‘auto finance contracts.’
Properly presented and described, biweekly payment programs can be an asset to the F&I office and provide benefits to car buyers throughout the life of their loans.  Every Avalanche Starts With a Snowflake
The FTC’s probe of biweekly payment programs was limited in scope and consequence, but it could be a harbinger of further concerns over F&I products and dealer markup.
Women Are Not a Moving Target
Simple promises and superior results are the key to marketing your dealership to women.

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Justice Department Files Amicus Brief Against CFPB
In an amicus brief filed last Friday, the Justice Department called on the D.C. Circuit Court to uphold the appellate court's 2-1 ruling in a New Jersey-based mortgage company's closely-watched challenge of the CFPB's authority. The agency says it agrees with the court's unconstitutional ruling and 'at-will' remedy.
CUDL Holds Onto No. 2 Spot in Auto Finance Rankings
The more than 1,000 credit unions on CU Direct’s lending platforms maintained their No. 2 spot on Experian’s auto finance leaderboard in January. And with plateauing demand for new vehicles expected to drive up pre-owned sales, the market appears ripe for credit unions to reap further market share gains.
Georgia Man Pleads Guilty to Odometer Fraud
A Georgia businessman this week pleaded guilty to operating an odometer fraud scheme that revolved around buying later-model cars at auction, tampering with the odometer reading, and then selling the cars at inflated prices, the U.S. Department of Justice announced.
Dallas Compliance Summit Set to Break Attendance, Certification Records
Organizers of Compliance Summit say an 'unprecedented' response to the announcement that the next event will be held alongside Industry Summit at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas, all but guarantees the Sept. 11, 2017, event will set new marks for attendance and Automotive Compliance Specialist certification.
D.C. Circuit Grants CFPB’s Request to Defend Single-Director Structure
The D.C. Circuit granted the bureau’s request to reconsider last October’s three-judge ruling that the bureau’s structure is unconstitutional, vacating a decision that gave the president the authority to remove the director of the CFPB at will.
Tom Hudson Releases Book on Fed Government’s War on Dealers
In his new book, the attorney traces actions over the last five years by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission. It addresses the government's war on several fronts, from advertising and discrimination to disclosure requirements and other everyday compliance issues.
Hudson Cook LLP Adds Three New Partners
The law firm announced today the election of attorneys Robert Gage, Lauren Hunt, and Jennifer Sarvadi to the partnership.
President Trump Orders Review of Dodd-Frank
President Donald Trump took his first step toward making good on his promise to dismantle the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, signing on Friday an executive order directing the secretary of the Treasury to review the 2010 financial oversight law.
Senate Republicans Introduce CFPB-Restructuring Bill
Senate Republicans have reintroduced legislation aimed at replacing the CFPB’s single-director structure with a five-member bipartisan board. The bill was unveiled as Congressional Democrats and state regulators pledged to defend Director Richard Cordray and his agency.
NADA Chairman: Hope for the Best, Prepare for the Worst
Jeff Carson likened his year as chairman of the NADA to piloting a plane during a ‘catastrophic electrical failure,” noting that he experienced situations where he started out on what seemed a routine path only to have outside events toss his flight plan out the window.