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Ballard submits comments on HUD’s regulatory reform agenda

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Ballard Spahr submitted comments in response to HUD’s request for assistance in identifying existing regulations that may be outdated, ineffective, or excessively burdensome. ...more

HUD Resolves Allegations of Discrimination Against California Lenders

by Goodwin on

?On April 19, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that it had entered an agreement with a group of California mortgage lenders to resolve allegations that they discriminated against a mortgage...more

The Changing Landscape of Housing Admissions for Landlords: Life in the Wake of the April 4, 2016 OGC Guidance

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The message from HUD is certainly confusing: don't discriminate, but use your discretion. It is enough to strike fear into the heart (and liability insurer) of even a seasoned property owner and manager. The common advice to...more

In Case You Missed It: A Recap of Recent HUD Activity

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

HUD has been quite active this month publishing a variety of new rules and housing notices. The following is a list of some of HUD’s most recent guidance. For certain public housing authorities (PHAs) with less than 250...more

HUD Advocates Broad “Disparate Impact” Liability for P&C Insurers

by Carlton Fields on

In February 2013, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development adopted a “Discriminatory Effects Rule,” which established liability under the Fair Housing Act for conduct that is otherwise lawful, but which has a...more

HUD Fair Housing Guidance Raises ECOA Risk in Serving LEP Consumers

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

New guidance issued by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on Fair Housing Act (FHA) protections for persons with limited English proficiency (LEP) could have reverberations under the Equal Credit...more

HUD expands fair housing liability to include LEP discrimination

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Last week, HUD issued new guidance confirming that persons with limited English proficiency (LEP) are protected under the Fair Housing Act (FHA). LEP includes a limited ability to read, write, speak, or understand English. ...more

HUD Expands Fair Housing Protections

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

People with limited English proficiency (LEP) are protected under the Fair Housing Act (FHA) under new guidance announced by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Housing providers can face liability for...more

New Fair Housing Rule Extends Liability to Housing Providers for Harassment

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

This week, HUD issued a final rule that creates liability under the Fair Housing Act (FHA) for housing providers for occurrences of “quid pro quo harassment” or “hostile environment harassment.” The new rule takes effect on...more

HUD’s Newly Published Guidelines and Warnings Regarding a Landlord’s Use of Criminal Records in Screening Potential Tenants

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

This article provides information in response to various questions that I (Jodie McDougal) have received over the past several months regarding the April 4, 2016, Memorandum (the “Memorandum”) published by the U.S. Department...more

ABA seeks supervisory and enforcement standards consistent with Inclusive Communities

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The American Bankers Association has sent a letter to the DOJ, Fed, OCC, FDIC, HUD and CFPB requesting confirmation “in interagency guidance, updated exam procedures, and where appropriate amended regulations that the...more

HUD announces proposed rule implementing expanded Violence Against Women Act protections

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Last week, HUD has announced a proposed rule to implement protections arising under the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2103 (VAWA). The reauthorization added a number of programs covered by VAWA, including...more

U.S. Supreme Court hears disparate impact case

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in a case which questioned whether the Fair Housing Act (FHA) allows for a disparate impact theory of liability. The disparate impact theory of liability is one in which a...more

Third Time Is the Charm: U.S. Supreme Court Hears Argument in Disparate Impact Case

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard oral argument in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc.—the case presenting the issue of whether disparate impact claims are...more

Court Tosses HUD’s Disparate Impact Rule: Is Protection for Lenders from Disparate Impact Claims on the Horizon?

Since the 1970s, courts have routinely held that the Fair Housing Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 3601 et seq., may remedy housing discrimination proven through use of the disparate impact theory. The doctrine of disparate impact permits a...more

Federal court strikes down HUD’s disparate impact regulations

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On Monday, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued a scathing opinion that struck down HUD’s disparate impact rule. The disparate impact rule, also referred to as a ”discriminatory effects”...more

Court Rules Disparate Impact Claims Cannot Be Made Under Fair Housing Act

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Earlier this week, a federal district court judge struck down a regulation issued by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which would have allowed for claims of housing discrimination to be based on...more

Disparate impact on the ropes: federal district court vacates HUD rule

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A federal district court in Washington, D.C. dealt a heavy blow on Monday to HUD’s position that disparate impact claims are cognizable under the Fair Housing Act (FHA). In American Insurance Association v. U.S. Department of...more

Inclusive Communities Project case summary

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On March 24, 2014, the Fifth Circuit was the first Circuit to directly adopt HUD’s new disparate impact rule. Inclusive Communities Project v. Texas Dep’t of Hous., 2014 WL 1257127 (5th Cir. Mar. 24, 2014). Now, a challenge...more

Mt. Holly Gardens files merits brief

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Although settlement discussions are continuing, the respondents in Township of Mount Holly v. Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, Inc., filed their merits brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on October 21. (The Township’s...more

Petitioners in Mt. Holly file brief in Supreme Court responding to Solicitor General

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Township of Mount Holly and other petitioners for certiorari in Township of Mount Holly v. Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, Inc. filed a brief on May 24, 2013 in the U.S. Supreme Court replying to the brief filed by...more

Proposed “Homeless Person’s Bill Of Rights And Fairness Act” Will Have Huge Impact On Government And Business

by Allen Matkins on

California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act, Civil Code Section 51, generally provides that all persons within California are free and equal, regardless of their sex, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability,...more

Can ‘Disparate Impact’ Become the Basis for a Fair-Lending Claim?

by Ifrah PLLC on

As part of its aggressive program to protect consumers in financial matters, the Consumer Protection Financial Bureau (CFPB) has announced that it is prepared to adopt a controversial “disparate impact” theory of liability...more

New California Employment Laws Signed by Governor Brown

On September 30, 2012, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law several bills applicable to California employers that were passed by the Legislature during its 2011-2012 regular session. We are providing this brief summary to...more

Damned if You Do, Damned if You Don't: Origination of "Qualified" Residential Mortgages May Trigger Disparate Impact Fair Lending...

by Dechert LLP on

Federal fair lending laws prohibit discrimination in credit transactions. The Equal Credit Opportunity Act (“ECOA”) and the Fair Housing Act prohibit discrimination in mortgage lending on the basis of certain factors...more

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