Christopher J. Willis

Christopher J. Willis

Ballard Spahr LLP

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NY Attorney General Files Redlining Lawsuit Alleging Mortgage Discrimination

The New York Attorney General filed a complaint this week in a New York federal court against a national bank headquartered in the state and its holding company alleging that the defendants violated the federal Fair Housing...more

9/5/2014 - Attorney Generals Bank Holding Company Banks Discrimination Disparate Impact DOJ FHA HMDA Mortgages Redlining

DOJ Settles Fair Lending Cases against Mortgage Lenders

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently settled fair lending lawsuits against two mortgage lenders. Both actions involved DOJ attempts to use disparate impact evidence to establish that a lender engaged in a “pattern or...more

11/12/2013 - Discrimination DOJ Fair Lending Mortgages National Origin Discrimination Racial Discrimination

DOJ Settles Fair Lending Case against Auto Dealer

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently settled a fair lending lawsuit against Union Auto Sales, Inc., a California automobile dealer. This means that, once again, a DOJ attempt to use disparate impact evidence to...more

9/24/2013 - Car Dealerships Discrimination Disparate Impact DOJ Fair Lending Settlement

Supreme Court Agrees Again To Decide Critical Disparate Impact Questions under the Fair Housing Act

The question of whether plaintiffs suing under the Fair Housing Act may bring disparate impact claims is back on the U.S. Supreme Court's docket as a result of the Court's decision today to grant certiorari in Mount Holly v....more

6/17/2013 - CFPB Discrimination Disparate Impact ECOA Fair Lending FHA Redevelopment SCOTUS

Auto finance: can we really call disparate impact “discrimination”?

I want to thank Jeff Sovern over at the Public Citizen Consumer Law & Policy Blog for having an interesting back-and-forth with me over the last week about the application of the disparate impact theory of liability to dealer...more

4/1/2013 - Automotive Industry Car Dealerships CFPB Discrimination Disparate Impact ECOA Fair Lending

The CFPB Stretches ECOA Past the Breaking Point with Auto Finance

In a story released last night, Carter Dougherty at Bloomberg reports that the CFPB has warned “at least four banks” that it may take enforcement action against them under ECOA, alleging that a “policy” of “allowing” dealers...more

2/22/2013 - Automotive Industry CFPB Discrimination Disparate Impact ECOA Enforcement Financial Institution Liability Financing Retail Installment Sales Contracts

DOJ Settles Another ‘Pattern or Practice’ Fair Lending Case

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently settled a fair lending lawsuit against Texas Champion Bank. This means that, once again, a DOJ attempt to use disparate impact evidence to establish that a lender engaged in a...more

2/21/2013 - Consumer Lenders Discrimination Disparate Impact DOJ ECOA Fair Lending National Origin Pattern or Practice Settlement Uniform Pricing

Settlement of Michigan Lending Discrimination Lawsuit Underscores Regulatory Focus on Equal Access to Credit

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has reached a settlement with Community Bank of St. Charles, Michigan, in a federal lending discrimination lawsuit filed by DOJ against the bank....more

1/28/2013 - CFPB Discrimination DOJ ECOA Equal Access to Credit Fair Lending FHA Mortgages Settlement

Justice Department Settles ADA Claims against Debt Collector

A recent Department of Justice settlement with a debt collection law firm that was accused of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act exemplifies the mounting federal scrutiny of the debt collection industry....more

1/8/2013 - ADA Debt Collectors Discrimination DOJ FDCPA Reasonable Accommodation Settlement Title III

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