Added on June 4, 2015
RPM CEO Erwin Robert Hirt to Pay Additional $1 Million Civil Penalty
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) filed a complaint in federal district court against RPM Mortgage, Inc. and its CEO, Erwin Robert Hirt, for illegally paying bonuses and higher commissions to loan originators to incentivize them to steer consumers into costlier mortgages. The CFPB also filed a proposed order that, if entered by the court, would require RPM to pay $18 million in redress to consumers and a $1 million civil penalty, and would require Hirt to pay an additional $1 million civil penalty.
Added on May 28, 2015
Settlement Provides $9 Million in Compensation to African-American and Hispanic Borrowers
The Justice Department and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Bureau) filed a consent order today to resolve allegations that Provident Funding Associates (Provident) engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination that increased loan prices for African-American and Hispanic borrowers who obtained residential mortgages between 2006 and 2011 from Provident's nationwide network of mortgage brokers.
Added on February 10, 2015
Settlement Requires Substantial Improvements to Dealerships' Policies and Provides $225,000 in Relief to Affected Customers
The U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of North Carolina and the North Carolina Department of Justice today announced a settlement of the federal government's first-ever discrimination lawsuit involving "buy here, pay here" auto lending. The settlement, which is subject to court approval, was filed today in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina.
Added on January 29, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) today proposed several changes to its mortgage rules to facilitate responsible lending by small creditors, particularly in rural and underserved areas. If finalized, the proposal issued today would increase the number of financial institutions able to offer certain types of mortgages in rural and underserved areas, and help small creditors adjust their business practices to comply with the new rules. "Responsible lending by community banks and credit unions did not cause the financial crisis, and our mortgage rules reflect the fact that small institutions play a vital role in many communities," said CFPB Director Richard Cordray. "Today's proposal will help consumers in rural or underserved areas access the mortgage
Added on January 15, 2015
The Justice Department announced today that First United Bank, of Dimmitt, Texas, will maintain uniform pricing policies, conduct employee training and pay $140,000 as part of a settlement to resolve allegations that it engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination on the basis of national origin.
The settlement, which is subject to court approval, was filed in conjunction with the Justice Department's complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. The complaint alleges that First United Bank charged higher prices on unsecured consumer loans made to Hispanic borrowers in violation of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA).