On April 1, New York Attorney General (AG) Schneiderman announced that 10 repossession companies agreed to discontinue repossessing vehicles at the request of title loan companies. The AG states that out-of-state or online lenders offer title loans, which he characterizes as a type of payday loan with high interest rates, to New Yorkers without obtaining a New York license, and offer loans in excess of the 16% interest rate cap applicable to unlicensed lenders. In September 2013, the AG settled with five companies that collected debts on allegedly illegal payday loans, part of a broader effort by New York authorities to address alleged usurious online lending.