Christopher J. Willis

Christopher J. Willis

Ballard Spahr LLP

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U.S. Supreme Court to Decide Whether ECOA Applies to Loan Guarantors

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review whether the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) applies to loan guarantors. The case will be argued in the Supreme Court’s term that begins in October 2015....more

3/5/2015 - ECOA Guarantors Hawkins v Community Bank of Raymore Regulation B SCOTUS

Justice Department, U.S. Attorney, N.C. Attorney General Sue over Reverse Redlining by Auto Dealers

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and the North Carolina Attorney General filed a complaint last week against two corporations that own two “buy here, pay here” used car dealerships, as well as...more

1/21/2014 - Car Dealerships DOJ ECOA Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices

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

How the CFPB’s stance on ECOA in auto finance will raise consumer prices

Ever since the CFPB’s release of its bulletin relating to disparate impact analysis of dealer rate participation last week, the press and consumer advocacy groups have been buzzing about the Bureau’s stance and its potential...more

3/28/2013 - Automotive Industry Car Dealerships CFPB Dealer Rate Participation Disparate Impact ECOA Financing

CFPB Issues Guidance on Indirect Auto Lending ECOA Compliance

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has issued guidance on fair lending compliance for indirect auto lenders. The guidance targets the practice of “dealer markups.” This practice involves an auto dealer charging the...more

3/22/2013 - Automotive Industry Car Dealerships CFPB Compliance ECOA Fair Lending Financing

The CFPB previews its coming auto finance fair lending enforcement actions

Earlier today, the CFPB released its guidance bulletin with respect to automobile indirect finance fair lending issues. The bulletin’s intent is unmistakably clear from the accompanying press release’s tag line: “CONSUMER...more

3/22/2013 - Automotive Industry Car Dealerships CFPB ECOA Fair Lending Financing

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

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