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

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

Reminder: Comments to revised RAD forms due October 28th and RAD Report out for review

On September 28, 2016, HUD published a notice in the Federal Register to solicit comments to revised form documents used in the Rental Assistance Demonstration (“RAD”). This notice follows a 60-day comment period on...more

A Primer on Zoning Variances in North Carolina

What is a "variance" in the zoning context? Simply, it is relief from -- or a variation of -- the application of a zoning law to a particular piece of property....more

Court to CFPB: Unconstitutional and Wrong on RESPA

In a landmark decision impacting the consumer financial services industry and beyond, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has declared unconstitutional a core component of the structure of...more

D.C. Circuit Rules CFPB Unconstitutional, and Wrong on RESPA

The D.C. Circuit held today that the single-director structure of the CFPB violates Article II of the United States Constitution, and added important substantive rulings on the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA)....more

In Long-awaited Decision, D.C. Circuit Reverses CFPB Enforcement Ruling and Finds CFPB Structure Unconstitutional In Part

On October 11, 2016, the D.C. Circuit issued its opinion in PHH Corporation v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. In the long-anticipated decision, the court found the CFPB’s structure unconstitutional in insulating the...more

CFPB Declared Unconstitutional

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit today ruled on a critical case “about executive power and individual liberty.” In the matter of PHH Corporation, et. al., v. the Consumer Financial...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 7, Issue 10

Recent unpublished NYC Department of Finance Letter Rulings - We have obtained under the Freedom of Information Law several Finance Letter Rulings of interest, most involving the New York City real property transfer tax,...more

Hurricane Matthew – Emergency Permits After North Carolina State of Emergency

Whether Hurricane Matthew tracks east or west, coastal North Carolina will get a visit.  If you own a house, bulkhead, dock, and/or pier in coastal North Carolina, take pictures of your property before you stock up on the...more

Ninth Circuit Holds that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Are Not Agents of the Government Under the False Claims Act

In United States ex rel. Adams v. Aurora Loan Servs., 813 F.3d 1259 (9th Cir. 2016), the Ninth Circuit affirmed the district court’s dismissal of Relators False Claims Act (“FCA”) complaint, holding that the Federal National...more

HUD Settles with FHA Lender Over Alleged Underwriting Violations

On September 23, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that on April 7, 2016 it had entered into a settlement with a Federal Housing Administration (FHA) approved lender over allegations that...more

HUD Fair Housing Guidance Raises ECOA Risk in Serving LEP Consumers

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

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

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

HUD Issues Year-End Closing Deadlines for Mixed-Finance Deals

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently issued a memo outlining its processing schedule for mixed-finance projects targeted to close by the end of 2016. According to HUD’s Office of Public Housing...more

New Fair Housing Rule Extends Liability to Housing Providers for Harassment

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

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 9.9.16

We’ve got a number for that Wells Fargo settlement/fine, and it’s a doozy: $185 million for illegal banking practices (including secretly issuing credit cards without customer consent, signing up customers for online banking...more

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

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

Wetlands Determinations - Uncertainty for the Clean Water Rule?

On May 31, 2016, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in United States Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes Co., Inc. holding that approved judicial determinations as to the presence of wetlands issued by the...more

Super Priority Municipal Liens: When Is Your First Mortgage Not First In Line?

In Connecticut, the General Statutes have granted “super” priority status to certain types of municipal liens. As a result, these liens jump to the head of the priority line, even if your bank has a first-mortgage on the...more

Drilling to the Essence of a Land Use Proceeding

What type of land use proceeding is this? Finding the correct answer to this question is critical to knowing your client’s rights and avoiding legal error. Like different sports, there are distinct types of land use...more

Cutting Through the Constitutionality Haze in the Battle Between PHH Corporation and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

So much has been written in recent weeks about the battle between PHH Corporation and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. The panel heard oral argument on April 12,...more

Montgomery County Proposes to Raise Recordation Tax

The Montgomery County Council proposes to increase the recordation tax charged on the sale and refinance (in certain circumstances) of property. Expedited Bill 15-16 proposes to raise the recordation tax rate for taxable...more

A Day of Reckoning for the CFPB?

Virtually ever since its inception on July 21, 2011, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has inspired wariness and skepticism in the financial institutions and financial services providers, subject to this new...more

CFPB Reopens Comment Period on Proposed Amendments to Servicing Rules

On April 21, 2016, the CFPB reopened the comment period on a narrow portion of its December 15, 2014 notice of proposed rulemaking (the “NPR”), which would amend the mortgage servicing rules in Regulation X and Regulation Z....more

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