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February 16, 2017 - Industry News

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.

Tags: compliance, Consumer FInancial Protection Bureau, dealer participation, F&I manager, Federal Trade Commission, Hudson Cook LLP, Tom Hudson

February 15, 2017 - Industry News

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.

Tags: compliance, Consumer FInancial Protection Bureau, Federal Trade Commission, Hudson Cook LLP

February 3, 2017 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Consumer FInancial Protection Bureau, Dodd-Frank Act, Donald Trump, Richard Cordray

February 2, 2017 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Consumer FInancial Protection Bureau, Dodd-Frank Act, Donald Trump, Richard Cordray

January 31, 2017 - Industry News

EFG Companies: F&I Industry Faces Murky 2017

John Pappanastos, president and CEO of EFG Companies

The expected regulatory rollback, plateauing sales, rising interest rates, and the push to change the in-dealership experience clouds the F&I industry’s future, EFG Companies said today. Four of the firm's executives offered their predictions for 2017.

Tags: Consumer FInancial Protection Bureau, Digital Retailing, Donald Trump, EFG COmpanies, interest rates, new-vehicle sales, Regulations, used-vehicle sales

January 30, 2017 - Industry News

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.

Tags: CAFE Regulations, Consumer FInancial Protection Bureau, dealer participation, Jeff Carlson, NADA

November 17, 2016 - Industry News

Regulatory Insiders: Repeal of Dodd-Frank Possible But Unlikely

Regulatory insiders say there are two ways the Trump administration can deliver on its promise to dismantle the Dodd-Frank. But neither scenario has a high probability of success, they say.

Tags: Consumer FInancial Protection Bureau, Dodd-Frank Act, NADA, Regulations

October 25, 2016 - Industry News

CFPB’s Project Catalyst Opens Door to Innovation

Automotive retailing isn’t the only segment exploring the risks and opportunities of the Digital Age. On Monday, the CFPB issued its first-ever Project Catalyst report highlighting its efforts so far to facilitate consumer-friendly innovation.

Tags: CFPB, Consumer FInancial Protection Bureau, Online, Project Catalyst

October 18, 2016 - Industry News

Firm Urges Dealers to Remain Vigilant in Wake of CFPB Ruling

Automotive Compliance Consultants warned dealers not to let their guard down after last week’s federal appeals court ruling that the CFPB’s structure is unconstitutional. The firm said other regulators have taken note of the bureau’s activities, adding that next month’s elections will determine if the ruling has teeth.

Tags: CFPB, compliance, Consumer FInancial Protection Bureau, customer disclosures, dealer markups, dealer participation, F&I products

October 11, 2016 - Industry News

Federal Appeals Court Rules CFPB Structure Unconstitutional

On Tuesday, a federal appeals court ruled that the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is unconstitutional. The appellant court’s main issue is the bureau’s single-director structure.

Tags: compliance, Consumer FInancial Protection Bureau

September 15, 2016 - Industry News

U.S. House Committee Passes Bill Aimed at Replacing Dodd-Frank

Last week, the U.S. House Financial Services Committee passed the Financial CHOICE Act, which supporters describe as an alternative to the Dodd-Frank Act. It contains language aimed at repealing the CFPB’s guidance on dealer participation, among other things.

Tags: Consumer FInancial Protection Bureau, Dodd-Frank Act, House Bill, House Financial Services Committee

June 2, 2016 - Industry News

CFPB Issues Small-Dollar Lending Rule

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau used its field hearing today to issue its proposed rule targeting what Director Richard Cordray called “payday debt traps.”

Tags: CFPB, Consumer FInancial Protection Bureau, Payday Loans

April 21, 2016 - Industry News

CFPB to Discuss Arbitration at Field Hearing Next Month

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will be holding a field hearing on May 5 in Albuquerque, N.M., to discuss arbitration. CFPB Director Richard Cordray will issue remarks at the hearing

Tags: AFSA, Consumer FInancial Protection Bureau, Field Hearing, Richard Cordray

February 3, 2016 - Industry News

Toyota Motor Credit Agrees to Lower Markup Caps to Settle CFPB Allegations

The three-year standoff between Toyota Motor Credit, the Justice Department and the CFPB is over, with the captive agreeing to pay up to $21.9 million in restitution to minority borrowers the regulators allege were overcharged on their auto loans. The captive also agreed to lower its dealer markup caps.

Tags: Auto Loans, CFPB, Consumer FInancial Protection Bureau, dealer markups, dealer participation, Department of Justice, pricing discrimination, rate markup, Toyota Motor Credit Corp

January 21, 2016 - Industry News

House Republicans Ask Attorney General to Halt Ally Settlement Payouts

Republican member of the House Financial Services Committee have once again release internal CFPB documents. This time, the documents show that some settlement checks being dispersed as part of the bureau’s $98 million settlement with Ally Financial and Ally Bank have been going to white borrowers.

Tags: CFPB, Consumer FInancial Protection Bureau, Disparate Impact, Settlement

January 21, 2016 - Industry News

CFPB: BHPH Dealer to Pay $800,000 for Abusive Financing Practices

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has taken action against Herbies Auto Sales for abusive financing schemes, hiding auto finance charges and misleading consumers. The buy-here, pay-here operation was ordered to pay $700,000 in restitution and a civil penalty of $100,000.

Tags: buy-here, CFPB, Consumer FInancial Protection Bureau, Deceptive Practices, fine, pay-here

December 3, 2015 - Industry News

BMO Completes Acquisition of GE's Transportation Finance Business

Photo courtesy of BMO Harris Bank.

The acquisition comes more than two months after BMO Harris Bank informed dealers it was exiting 12 states to refocus its indirect auto business.

Tags: BMO Harris Bank, Consumer FInancial Protection Bureau, General Electric, lenders

November 24, 2015 - Industry News

CFPB Releases Fall 2015 Rulemaking Agenda

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently released its fall 2015 rulemaking agenda. In it, the CFPB outlined its list of current initiatives that would help it govern consumer finance markets, including the auto finance industry.

Tags: Auto Finance, CFPB, Consumer FInancial Protection Bureau, lenders

September 29, 2015 - Industry News

Fifth Third Bank to Cap Dealer Markups

The CFPB and DOJ announced two actions against Fifth Third Bank on Monday, one of which requires the finance source to pay $18 million in restitution to minority auto loan borrowers, as well as limit its dealer partners’ ability to markup interest rates on auto loans.

Tags: Auto Lending, CFPB, Consumer FInancial Protection Bureau, Deceptive Advertising, Department of Justice, discrimination, Fifth Third, Fifth Third Bank

August 11, 2015 - Industry News

CFPB Says Santander Violated Fair Lending Laws

The CFPB has notified the Department of Justice that Santander Consumer USA’s auto lending practices have allegedly violated fair lending laws, according to a regulatory filing.

Tags: Auto Lending, CFPB, Consumer FInancial Protection Bureau, Department of Justice, discrimination, DOJ, rate markup, Santander Consumer USA

July 28, 2015 - Industry News

NADA Still Pushing For CFPB Transparency

One day after the CFPB rejected its Freedom of Information Act request to release an internal memo that proves the bureau is targeting dealers, the NADA urged members of the U.S. House Financial Services Committee to pass a bill that would repeal the bureau’s auto lending guidance.

Tags: CFPB, Consumer FInancial Protection Bureau, dealer markups, discrimination, Honda Financial Services, NADA, National Automobile Dealers Association

July 21, 2015 - Industry News

Department of Defense Issues Final Military Lending Act Rule

Today, the Defense Department issued a final rule that expands the types of credit products covered by the 36% rate cap and other military-specific protections under the Military Lending Act.

Tags: CFPB, Consumer FInancial Protection Bureau, department of defense, military, military loans

July 17, 2015 - Industry News

CFPB Deputy Director Steve Antonakes Steps Down

After nearly five years with the CFPB, Deputy Director Steve Antonakes is stepping down from his position as the bureau’s No. 2 official to spend more time with his family.

Tags: CFPB, Consumer FInancial Protection Bureau, employment, Richard Cordray, Richard Hackett

July 14, 2015 - Industry News

CFPB, DOJ Reach $24M Settlement With Honda Finance

Just two weeks after American Banker reported that the CFPB was planning to cite three captive auto finance companies for policies that allegedly caused minority car buyers to pay higher rates for auto loans, the bureau and the Department of Justice have announced a settlement with Honda Finance Corp.

Tags: American Honda Finance, CFPB, Consumer FInancial Protection Bureau, Department of Justice, rate markup

July 14, 2015 - Industry News

NADA Files Request to Make CFPB Memo Public

The National Automobile Dealers Association filed a Freedom of Information Act request Monday, seeking to make a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau memo about limiting dealer discretion public.

Tags: CFPB, Consumer FInancial Protection Bureau, dealer markups, Dodd-Frank Act, markups, NADA, National Automobile Dealers Association, Richard Cordray

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