Wells Fargo faces lawsuits over mortgage and auto loans

LOS ANGELES: Wells Fargo & Co is facing litigation over previously disclosed sales problems related to its auto lending and mortgage businesses, the bank disclosed in a regulatory filing on Friday.
The lawsuits include two class action cases alleging violations of federal and state consumer fraud laws, as well as claims brought by former employees who said they were fired for raising concerns over problematic sales practices. Wells Fargo disclosed the litigation in its third-quarter financial filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.
“The disclosures included in our filing today reflect the company’s continued commitment to transparency. Our top priority is to rebuild trust, and we remain focused on making things right for our customers, team members, community partners and shareholders,” a company spokesman wrote via email.
The third-largest US lender has spent more than a year trying to rebuild its reputation following a sales scandal that led to the departure of its CEO and a company-wide overhaul of its business practices. The company says it is continuing to review all its businesses to root out bad practices.
Wells Fargo’s problems came to light several years ago, but did not receive widespread attention until September 9, 2016, when it reached a settlement with three regulators over creating as many as 2.1 million fake accounts as branch employees scrambled to hit sales goals. — Reuters