Violation Tracker Individual Record

Company: 
WFS Financial, Inc.
Current Parent Company: 
Wells Fargo
Penalty: 
$4,550,000
Year: 
2004
Date: 
November 15, 2004
Offense Group: 
consumer-protection-related offenses
Primary Offense: 
discriminatory practices (non-employment)
Violation Description: 

To resolve allegations that it discriminated against minority auto loan customers, WFS Financial agreed to reform its practices and pay $90,000 to class representatives, $250,000 for consumer education and $4.21 million for plaintiff's legal fees and expenses. Case documents are not available online. These details are taken from the following article: Kenneth J. Rojc, Dealer Rate Participation Class Action Settlements: Impact on Automotive Financing, Business Lawyer, February 2006 (via Nexis).

Level of Government: 
federal
Action Type: 
private litigation
Court: 
Middle District of Tennessee
Civil or Criminal Case: 
civil
Case ID: 
3:02-cv-0570
Case Name: 
Lee, et al v. WFS Financial, Inc.
Private Lawsuit Resolution Type: 
settlement
HQ Country of Parent: 
USA
HQ State of Parent: 
California
Ownership Structure of Parent: 
publicly traded
Major Industry of Parent: 
financial services
Specific Industry of Parent: 
banking
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Parent company note: 
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