The FTC’s proposal would impose a number of new substantive and disclosure requirements on motor vehicle dealers in connection with the car buying or leasing process.  The topics we cover include: the FTC’s statutory authority for the proposal and the proposal’s coverage (including buy-here-pay-here dealers); the specific new requirements the proposal would impose; how the

On July 29, 2022, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a notification letter (the “joint letter”) to “remind” auto lenders and leasing companies of the protections provided to servicemembers and their dependents under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA).  The joint letter provides a very basic overview and

The CFPB announced last week that it has entered into a settlement with Hyundai Capital America (Hyundai) to resolve alleged violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act and Regulation V arising from Hyundai’s reporting of information on vehicle retail installment contracts and leases to consumer reporting agencies (CRAs) from 2016 to 2020.  The settlement requires

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently proposed a rule that would impose a number of new substantive and disclosure requirements on auto-dealers in the car-buying process.  The FTC described the proposed Rule as one designed “to ban junk fees and bait-and-switch advertising tactics that can plague consumers throughout the car-buying experience.”  As the impetus for

The CFPB has released the Spring 2022 edition of its Supervisory Highlights.  The report discusses the Bureau’s examinations in the areas of auto servicing, consumer reporting, credit card account management, debt collection, deposits, mortgage origination, prepaid accounts, remittance transfers, and student loan servicing that were completed between July 2021 and December 2021.  Accordingly, many

The FTC has announced the settlement of a lawsuit filed jointly with the Illinois Attorney General against a group of auto dealerships that alleged the dealerships violated federal and state law by engaging in deceptive practices in connection with add-on charges and by discriminating against Black consumers in connection with the financing of vehicle purchases. 

Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser recently announced that three Colorado-chartered credit unions had entered into Assurances of Discontinuance (AODs) with the Colorado Administrator of the Uniform Consumer Credit Code (UCCC) to resolve the issues between the Administrator and credit unions concerning whether the credit unions had failed to make refunds of unearned fees for Guaranteed

We discuss recent developments concerning fair lending and ancillary products, including the potential industry-wide implications of recent New York and Massachusetts consent orders and our expectations for future CFPB scrutiny in these areas.   We also discuss the CFPB’s recent report that looks at whether the variation in interest rates among subprime auto loans can be

In a new Data Point report, “Subprime Auto Loan Outcomes by Lender Type,” the CFPB looks at how interest rates and default risk vary across different types of subprime lenders, and how much of the variation in interest rates among subprime loans can be explained by differences in default rates.  The CFPB