Steamship Authority employee tests positive for coronavirus; State sues auto lender

The Steamship Authority has taken two ships out of service for a thorough cleaning after an employee tested positive for the coronavirus.

The employee worked on both the M / V Woods Hole and the M / V Governor and learned of the positive test results on Saturday, the quasi-public agency said on Sunday.

The employee, whose name has not been released, was “unlikely to have prolonged exposure with a member of the public” due to the person’s typical duties, the statement said.

Twenty-three Steamship Authority employees were scheduled to be tested for COVID-19 on Monday.

Another worker had tested positive for the virus on Friday.

With two ships out of service, some trips have been canceled.

The Steamship Authority provides ferry service between the mainland and Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard.

State sues auto lender

A national subprime auto lender has made unfair and deceptive loans to thousands of Massachusetts residents, provided investors with false or misleading information regarding auto titles and engaged in unfair debt collection practices, alleged the state attorney general’s office in a lawsuit.

The lawsuit in Suffolk Superior Court alleges that Credit Acceptance Corp. did not notify investors that the company supplemented the loan pools it consolidated and securitized with higher risk loans, although it claimed otherwise in investor disclosures, the attorney general’s office alleged in a statement Monday.

The Southfield, Mich.-Based company also made high-interest loans to Massachusetts borrowers it knew borrowers would be unable to repay, and harassed borrowers with frequent collection calls in violation of the policy. state law, depending on the lawsuit.

“This company has made unaffordable and illegal loans to borrowers, causing them to run into thousands of dollars in debt and even lose their vehicles,” Attorney General Maura Healey said in a statement. “We are taking a close look at this industry and we will not allow companies to profit by breaking our laws and exploiting consumers.”

The state is asking for borrower relief and civil penalties.

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