Veros Credit’s Legal Chief Urges Lenders to Stay the Course on Compliance

Nonprime lender Veros Credit LLC is seeing lenders pull back compliance initiatives amid the current deregulatory environment, Chief Legal Officer Robert Tennant told Auto Finance News. “Lenders may think, ‘Can we relax a little bit? Can we focus on other areas of business?’ I think the answer is no,” he said. “I don’t see the […]
  • Nicole Casperson
  • December 20, 2018
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Compliance Insider: Post-Election Musing

They say elections have consequences, and by all accounts, the 2018 midterms were definitely consequential. As of this writing, the Democrats have flipped 33 seats to take control of the House, effectively quashing President Donald Trump’s hopes of pushing through his legislative agenda. Republicans appear to have increased their Senate majority by two seats but […]
  • Michael Benoit
  • December 17, 2018
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CFPB Suspends Military Supervision

Recent pronouncements from the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection’s Acting Director Mick Mulvaney have consumer advocates up in arms over how lenders will be regulated for military compliance. Ironically, the military itself seems a little less concerned, at least with respect to the BCFP, though there are plenty of military consumer advocates wringing their hands […]
  • Michael Benoit
  • September 17, 2018
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Will Disparate Impact Auto Finance Claims Disappear?

As of this writing, the Senate has passed a joint resolution under its Congressional Review Act authority disapproving of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s March 2013 auto lending bulletin that addressed discrimination in indirect auto finance transactions. The House is slated to follow suit, and the president is expected to sign it. The joint resolution, […]
  • Michael Benoit & Rick Hackett
  • June 15, 2018
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It’s a New Day for the CFPB

What a difference a day — or a couple of months — makes! The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued its five-year strategic plan in February, and boy does it paint a picture of a kinder, gentler CFPB. Well, maybe neither kind nor gentle, but I’ll settle for an agency interested in all of its stakeholders. […]
  • Michael Benoit
  • March 22, 2018
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Examining the Defense Department’s Revised Military Lending Act

If you are in the auto finance business, you cannot possibly have missed the drama percolating around the Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) new interpretation of its own regulation’s purchase-money vehicle finance exclusion, which says transactions with GAP, credit insurance, or other credit-related ancillary products are not within said exclusion. Rather, those products are “consumer credit” […]
  • Michael Benoit
  • February 19, 2018
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Richard Cordray’s Legacy and the Future of the CFPB

Richard Cordray stepped down as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau at the end of November, leaving behind a legacy of enforcement. I worked with Rich to establish the bureau, serving as a deputy enforcement director. In the summer of 2014, after four years at the bureau, I decided to leave the agency. I […]
  • Lucy Morris
  • January 2, 2018
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How Does Congress’s Action Impact the CFPB’s Ability to Prohibit Arbitration Clauses?

In a nail-biter of a session, the Senate voted late in the evening on Oct. 24, to invalidate the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s recently finalized arbitration rule. The vote on the joint resolution — which had passed the House earlier this year — was 51 to 50 with Vice President Mike Pence assuming the gavel […]
  • Michael Benoit
  • December 18, 2017
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CFPB Actions Expected to Slow Amid Leadership Change [PODCAST]

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is not expected to be in a “holding pattern” in the long term, following the acting director leadership showdown, said Lucy Morris, partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Hudson Cook LLC. “I don’t think things will stop, but I do think there will be a pause and a slowdown,” […]
  • Natalie Mattila
  • November 29, 2017
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