Santander Reaches $9.35M Settlement Over Repossession Allegations

The bad news just keeps coming for Santander Consumer, the auto loan giant currently embroiled in lawsuits alleging, among other things, that the bank violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.

From the New York Times:

Santander Consumer USA reached a $9.35 million settlement with the Justice Department on Wednesday over accusations that the company, an auto lender, illegally seized cars from members of the military. The deal, which still requires the approval of a federal judge, involves the largest sum ever collected by the United States for the illegal repossession of cars, and is another setback for the giant auto lender.

Law Offices of Gary Green is aggressively pursuing cases against Santander USA. Pertinent allegations are telephone calls to clients’ cell phones numbers that were not listed on the original application for credit. (Some courts have deemed “consent” to be when the creditor calls are made to the phone number given on the application.) These calls are being made by the hundreds, many times robotically and sometimes to the people listed on the credit application as family or references.

Sometimes these harassing calls are made to people wholly unassociated with the debtor; e.g., a debtor might close his cell phone account, the cell provider will issue the old number to a new customer, and the new customer will receive hundreds of robotic calls!

If you or someone you know has been a victim of Santander’s unfair lending practices or harassing¬†calls, contact Law Offices of Gary Green today to discuss your legal options without obligation.¬†Click here to fill out our TCPA form, or you can reach us toll-free at 1-888-4GARYGREEN or via email at

Source: New York Times