On October 18, 2022, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced a settlement with a Washington, D.C.-area auto dealer, Passport Automotive Group (“Passport”), resolving allegations that it had deceived consumers by adding illegal “junk” fees onto car prices and charging Black and Latino consumers higher financing costs and fees.  Under the terms of the settlement

Following up on a threat it made back in 2018, the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) announced on October 6, 2022 that it entered into a consent order with Rhinebeck Bank (“Rhinebeck”) to settle discrimination claims involving discretionary dealer markups on retail installment contracts with minority borrowers.  Under the settlement, Rhinebeck will

The FTC recently announced a settlement of its lawsuit filed in a New York federal district court against a New York City car dealership and its individual general manager in which the FTC alleged that the defendants discriminated against African-American and Hispanic car buyers and engaged in other illegal business practices.  The settlement provides for