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August 2, 2018 - Industry News

FTC Charges Arizona Group With Falsifying Incomes on Consumer Credit Apps

According to the regulator, this was the FTC’s first action alleging income falsification by dealerships. Charged are the owners of Tate’s Auto Group, which operates four dealerships in Arizona and New Mexico, near the border of the Navajo Nation.

Tags: auto finance, compliance, Federal Trade Commission, income falsification, Tate's Auto

July 26, 2018 - Industry News

Wells Fargo to Begin Growing Auto Loan Portfolio by Mid-2019

Photo by Laimerpramer via Wikimedia Commons

Wells Fargo's continued runoff of its auto loan portfolio resulted in a $10.3 billion year-over-year decline in auto loan balances in the second quarter, but executives said the bank is positioned to begin growing its auto finance business once again.

Tags: auto finance, CFPB, compliance, OCC, sales scandal, Wells Fargo

July 12, 2018 - Industry News

FTC, 12 Partner Agencies Conduct Used Car Rule Compliance Sweep

The compliance sweep, which took place in seven states, is the first since the agency's new Used Car Rule took effect earlier this year. Dealers who failed to comply could face penalties of up to $41,484 per violation.

Tags: compliance, Federal Trade Commission, Used Car Guide, used cars

July 9, 2018 - Industry News

CFPB Official Who Sued Trump Resigns, Drops Suit

The CFPB official who went to court last year after Trump appointed Mick Mulvaney as acting director announced on Friday she is leaving the embattled regulator. In a tweet, her attorney said the CFPB official is also dropping her legal fight to be the regulator's acting director.

Tags: auto finance, CFPB, compliance, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Donald Trump, Leandra English, Mick Mulvaney, Richard Cordray

July 3, 2018 - Industry News

KPA Acquires Auto Advisory Services Inc.

The acquisition of the F&I audit services firm enables KPA to become a single source for automotive compliance. The transaction closed on May 31.

Tags: Auto Advisory Services, auto finance, compliance, F&I office, KPA Services LLC

June 12, 2018 - Industry News

Webinar: Gil Van Over to Tackle Compliance Issues on the Road to the Sale

Compliance expert Gil Van Over will deliver Part Two of F&I and Showroom’s compliance webinar series, “CFPB Defanged: Rise of the eDealership.” The webinar is scheduled for July 11 at 11 a.m. PT/2 p.m. ET.

Tags: auto finance, compliance, Desking, edealership, F&I manager, F&I menu, F&I office, Gil Van Over, Payment Quotes

May 21, 2018 - Industry News

Trump Signs Repeal of CFPB’s Dealer Participation Guidance

The president’s signature comes exactly five years and two months after the bureau put the auto finance industry on notice with its controversial guidance on dealer rate markups.

Tags: auto finance, CFPB, compliance, dealer participation, guidance, rate markups

May 8, 2018 - Industry News

House Approves Resolution to Repeal CFPB's Dealer Participation Guidance

As expected, the House approved the resolution of disapproval of the CFPB's guidance on dealer participation. With the Senate having voted on the resolution last month, all that's left to rescind the controversial guidance is President Trump's signature.

Tags: AFSA, auto finance, CFPB, compliance, dealer participation, guidance, NADA

April 19, 2018 - Industry News

Calif. Dealers Seek New Protections Under State's Franchise Laws

New legislation aimed at strengthening dealer protections under California’s franchise laws will have its first committee hearing on Monday. One of its provisions specifically addresses the disclosure policy General Motors issued last summer regarding the sale of non-GM service contracts.

Tags: California New Car Dealers Association, dealer protection, F&I products, Franchise Laws

April 18, 2018 - Industry News

U.S. Senate Approves Resolution to Repeal CFPB’s Dealer Participation Guidance

Today’s vote leaves it up to the House of Representatives to pass its version of the joint resolution of disapproval. Once that happens, only the president’s signature stands in the way of the industry’s more than five-year campaign to get the CFPB’s controversial guidance repealed.

Tags: auto finance, CFPB, compliance, Congressional Review Act, dealer markups, dealer participation, Flat Fees

April 17, 2018 - Industry News

Wells Fargo Faces $1 Billion Fine for Mortgage and Auto Insurance Issues

Wells Fargo’s first-quarter earnings call was staged amid a string of regulatory concerns, declining auto originations, and the sale of a Puerto Rican subsidiary. But the company’s chief executive said the bank’s auto finance business will grow again.

Tags: auto finance, collateral protection insurance, compliance, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, GAP, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Wells Fargo

March 19, 2018 - Industry News

Appeals Court Vacates Some FCC Rules on Robocalls

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the FCC’s rule clarifying what devices qualify as automated telephone dialing systems, saying the agency’s explanation ‘invites conclusions that all smartphones are autodialers.’

Tags: compliance, digital marketing, Federal Communications Commission, marketing, Robocalls, Telephone Communications Protection Act

March 8, 2018 - Industry News

Auto Lands at No. 2 on N.Y. Attorney General’s Complaint List

The regulator who has championed New York’s crackdown on payment packing released his office’s Top 10 list of complaints received in 2017. Auto was 1,965 complaints short of the No. 1 complaint category: the internet.

Tags: auto finance, compliance, Credit Forget It, Eric T Schneiderman, payment packing

February 22, 2018 - Industry News

Military Lending Act's December Update More Harmful Than First Thought

Robert Wilkie, Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness.

A Hudson Cook attorney told industry trade groups in a Jan. 18 memo that the Defense Department’s Dec. 14 interpretative rule, combined with something else it did in July 2015, makes it ‘highly unlikely that any dealer or finance source will be willing to originate or purchase’ a vehicle finance transaction if credit-protection products are included.

Tags: auto finance, compliance, credit insurance, Department of Defense, GAP, Hudson Cook, Military Lending Act

February 13, 2018 - Industry News

BB&T Switches Back to Markups as CFPB Shifts Away From Enforcement

BB&T Tower in Atlanta (Wikimedia Commons and seniorliving.org)

BB&T announced its move about a week after the CFPB’s acting director stripped enforcement powers from the division responsible for pursuing discrimination cases in the auto finance arena. BB&T will officially make the switch on March 14.

Tags: auto finance, BB&T, CFPB, compliance, dealer participation, Mick Mulvaney

January 31, 2018 - Industry News

Appeals Court Rules CFPB Structure Is Constitutional

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Ted Eytan

On Wednesday, the D.C. Court of Appeals ruled 7-3 that a provision in the Dodd-Frank Act that says the CFPB director can only be removed for cause does not unconstitutionally constrain the president.

Tags: CFPB, compliance, Leandra English, Mick Mulvaney

January 30, 2018 - Industry News

Hudson Cook Partners Elected Fellows of American College of Consumer Financial Services

The two partners, Lucy Morris and Ryan Stinneford, join 12 other Hudson Cook attorneys who have been named ACCFSL fellows.

Tags: auto finance, compliance, Hudson Cook LLP, Lucy Morris, Ryan Stinneford

January 25, 2018 - Industry News

FTC Approves Consent Order in Texas Dealer’s Deceptive Advertising Case

The approval settles the FTC's December 2017 complaint against Dallas-based Cowboy Toyota regarding its Spanish-language newspaper ads. The regulator charged the dealership with violations of the FTC Act, TILA and the Consumer Leasing Act.

Tags: auto finance, compliance, Cowboy Toyota, Deceptive Advertising, Federal Trade Commission, leasing

January 18, 2018 - Industry News

Crowe Horwath Plans Tax Reform Webinar

A free webinar offered by Crowe Horwath will review key considerations for dealers concerned about the effects of the recently enacted federal tax reform.

January 11, 2018 - Industry News

What’s Next? Experts to Share 2018 Predictions in Complì Webinar

Complì’s ‘2018 Predictions for Dealers’ webinar will feature a who’s who of automotive industry thought leaders.

January 11, 2018 - Industry News

Judge Again Rules in Favor of Trump in Battle for Control of CFPB

A federal judge denied a request by a high-ranking CFPB official for a preliminary injunction to remove President Trump’s appointee as acting head of the agency. The decision sets the stage for a possible appeal.

Tags: auto finance, CFPB, compliance, dealer markups, Donald Trump, Leandra English, Mick Mulvaney, Richard Cordray

December 20, 2017 - Industry News

UPDATED: Core F&I Product Could Put Some Auto Finance Deals Under Military Lending Act’s Requirements

Based on an interpretive rule issued by the Defense Department on Dec. 14, including credit-protection products like GAP in a servicemember’s vehicle finance contract could subject it to a slew of restrictions and requirements under the Military Lending Act (MLA).

Tags: compliance, credit insurance, Department of Defense, F&I products, GAP, Military Lending Act, National Automobile Dealers Association, servicemembers

December 19, 2017 - Industry News

Wells Fargo Names New Head of Consumer Lending

About a month after dismissing its former head of consumer lending, Wells Fargo named Mary Mack to the post. The 33-year Wells Fargo veteran will maintain her prior duties as senior executive vice president of community banking, which she has led since July 2016.

Tags: auto finance, Wells Fargo, Wells Fargo Dealer Services

December 18, 2017 - Industry News

FTC Reminds Businesses of Duties to Victims of Identity Theft

The Fair Credit Reporting Act’s ‘business records turnover provision’ requires that business provide free of charge and without subpoena records relating to the theft within 30 days of a victim’s written request.

Tags: auto finance, FTC, identity theft, Red Flags Rule

December 12, 2017 - Industry News

Cox Automotive Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against CDK Global

Add Cox Automotive to the growing list of tech vendors and dealers alleging that CDK and Reynolds and Reynolds Co. conspired to eliminate competition for data integration services and seize control over dealer and third-party data.

Tags: CDK Global, Cox Automotive, data, DMS, DMS integration, Reynolds & Reynolds

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