Credit Acceptance Corporation Class Action Lawsuit

Company Name
Credit Acceptance Corporation
Stock Symbol
Class Period
November 1, 2019 to August 28, 2020
Eastern District of Michigan

Case Summary

The Credit Acceptance Corporation class action lawsuit charges Credit Acceptance and certain of its officers with violations of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and seeks to represent purchasers of Credit Acceptance common stock between November 1, 2019 and August 28, 2020, inclusive (the “Class Period”). The Credit Acceptance class action lawsuit was commenced on October 2, 2020 in the Eastern District of Michigan and is captioned Palm Tran, Inc. Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1577 v. Credit Acceptance Corporation, No. 20-cv-12698.

Credit Acceptance provides financing programs and related products and services to independent and franchised automobile dealers in the United States. Approximately 95% of Credit Acceptance’s loans are considered subprime.

The Credit Acceptance class action lawsuit alleges that during the Class Period defendants made false and/or misleading statements and/or failed to disclose that: (i) Credit Acceptance was topping off the pools of loans that it packaged and securitized with higher risk loans; (ii) Credit Acceptance was making high-interest subprime auto loans to borrowers who Credit Acceptance knew would be unable to repay; (iii) the borrowers were subject to hidden finance charges, resulting in loans exceeding the usury rate ceiling mandated by state law; (iv) Credit Acceptance took excessive and illegal measures to collect debt from defaulted borrowers; (v) as a result, Credit Acceptance was likely to face regulatory scrutiny and possible penalties from various regulators or lawsuits; and (vi) as a result of the foregoing, defendants’ positive statements about Credit Acceptance’s business, operations, and adherence to appropriate laws and regulations were materially misleading and/or lacked a reasonable basis.

On August 28, 2020, the Massachusetts Attorney General filed a lawsuit against Credit Acceptance alleging that Credit Acceptance had, for years, made unfair and deceptive automobile loans to thousands of Massachusetts consumers. In addition, the lawsuit specifically alleges that Credit Acceptance provided its investors with false and/or misleading information regarding the asset-backed securitizations it offered to investors, and that Credit Acceptance engaged in unfair debt collection practices as well. And while Credit Acceptance profited from these high-risk low-score loans, default was catastrophic for borrowers, who lost their cars and down payments, had their credit scores damaged, and were left with an average debt after default of about $9,000 – which Credit Acceptance continued to collect through unlawful and aggressive collection processes. On this news, Credit Acceptance’s stock price fell more than 18% over two trading days, damaging investors.

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