On July 6, 2017, the United States entered into a settlement agreement resolving United States v. COPOCO Community Credit Union (E.D. Mich.). The complaint, which was filed on July 26, 2016, alleged that the credit union violated the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act by repossessing protected servicemembers’ motor vehicles without obtaining the necessary court orders. On January 5, 2017, the court denied COPOCO's motion to dismiss. The settlement agreement requires COPOCO to provide $10,000 in compensation to each of three servicemembers whose motor vehicles COPOCO unlawfully repossessed and $7,500 to one servicemember who faced an unlawful repossession but had his vehicle returned. The settlement agreement also requires COPOCO to implement SCRA policies to be approved by the United States, report to the United States on SCRA compliance, and pay a civil penalty of $5,000.
Case Open Date:
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
United States v. COPOCO Community Credit Union (E.D. Mich.)
Civil Rights Division
Civil Rights - Housing and Civil Enforcement Section
United States v. COPOCO Community Credit Union (E.D. Mich.) Order Denying Defendant's Motion to Dismiss (1/5/17)
Updated July 6, 2017