Our efforts reflect concern about access to credit and do not reflect a one-sided perspective to maximize consumer protection or industry deterrence at all costs. There is such a thing as doing too little, and there is such a thing as doing too much. We are aiming instead at doing justice.
CFPB Director Richard Cordray’s Prepared Lecture on Economic Rights as Civil Rights at Michigan State University
My speech today is intended as an incremental contribution to the year-long conversation on civil and human rights that Michigan State University has commenced through the project known as 60/50. Across the country, this year has marked significant anniversaries for civil rights milestones. It is the 60th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Brown […]
Thank you for joining us on this call today. Today, the Bureau is ordering GE Capital Retail Bank, now known as Synchrony Bank, to provide $225 million in remediation to 746,000 consumers who were harmed by GE Capital’s deceptive credit card add-on practices and discriminatory debt relief promotions. This kind of conduct has no place in the consumer financial marketplace. People deserve to be given clear information and they deserve to be treated fairly.
CFPB Orders GE Capital to Pay $225 Million in Consumer Relief for Deceptive and Discriminatory Credit Card Practices
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is ordering GE Capital Retail Bank (GE Capital), now known as Synchrony Bank, to provide an estimated $225 million in relief to consumers harmed by illegal and discriminatory credit card practices. GE Capital must refund $56 million to approximately 638,000 consumers who were subjected to deceptive marketing practices. As part of the joint enforcement action by the CFPB and Department of Justice, GE Capital must also provide an additional $169 million to about 108,000 borrowers excluded from debt relief offers because of their national origin. This order represents the federal government’s largest credit card discrimination settlement in history.
We appreciate the important role that Greenlining played in urging the creation of the CFPB. We also know how hard Greenlining pushed for authorizing the Offices of Minority and Women Inclusion in the federal financial regulatory agencies. Orson and I have discussed our joint interest in making sure we achieve full implementation of these mandates, and I have also had the opportunity to get input from leading members of Congress on these issues. As a result, we have recently changed our internal structure to elevate the role of our OMWI in addressing issues of diversity and inclusion throughout the Bureau.
Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a joint complaint against National City Bank for charging higher prices on mortgage loans to African-American and Hispanic borrowers than similarly creditworthy white borrowers between the years 2002 and 2008. The agencies also filed a proposed order to settle the complaint that requires National City Bank, through its successor PNC Bank, to pay $35 million in restitution to harmed African-American and Hispanic borrowers.
Thank you all for joining us. Today we are announcing that the Consumer Bureau is taking its first enforcement action against discriminatory auto lending. In partnership with the Department of Justice, we are ordering one of the largest indirect auto lenders in the country, Ally, to pay $98 million to address their auto loan pricing […]
Ally to Pay Additional $18 Million in Civil Penalties for Harming More Than 235,000 Minority Borrowers
Federal Financial Regulators Extend Comment Period for Proposed Policy Statement on Assessing Diversity Policies and Practices of Regulated Entities
Six federal financial regulatory agencies announced today that they are extending the comment period for their proposed policy statement for assessing diversity policies and practices of the institutions they regulate to allow the public more time to analyze the issues and prepare their comments.
Thank you all for joining us today. We have convened interested parties to discuss what has indeed become a much-talked-about issue – discrimination that can occur in auto lending. Cars and trucks can quite literally take consumers to new opportunities. Maybe the destination is a new job. Or maybe the goal is to save time spent commuting – either to work longer or to have extra time for themselves or their families. For those who live in rural or suburban areas, a vehicle is almost a basic necessity to get around. Every year, millions of American families buy cars and trucks for all these reasons and more, and this market is very important to our economy.