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NYDFS announces fair lending settlement with indirect auto lender

State Issues NYDFS State Regulators Enforcement Fair Lending Auto Finance Consumer Finance Markups New York

State Issues

On October 6, NYDFS announced a settlement with a New York State-licensed bank to resolve allegations that the bank violated New York Executive Law § 296-a while engaged in indirect automobile lending. NYDFS alleged that the bank’s practices resulted in minority borrowers paying higher interest rates than non-Hispanic white borrowers regardless of their creditworthiness. According to the announcement, the bank allegedly “failed to effectively monitor automobile dealers from which [the bank] agreed to purchase loans, thereby allowing the dealers to charge members of protected classes more in discretionary dealer markups than borrowers identified as non-Hispanic White.” Under the terms of the consent order, the bank agreed to pay a $950,000 civil money penalty to the state, as well as restitution to eligible borrowers impacted during the period of January 1, 2017 through March 31, 2022. The bank also agreed to undertake fair lending compliance remediation efforts to increase its monitoring of dealers participating in its indirect auto lending program to precent discriminatory markups in the future.

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