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Disparate impact cases against HUD: Illinois federal court issues decision; update on D.C. case

Because of their potential impact on the CFPB’s conclusion that the ECOA and Regulation B encompass disparate impact claims, we have been following two insurance industry lawsuits involving a challenge to HUD’s Federal...more

Update on certiorari petition in Texas FHA case

As we reported, the petition for certiorari filed in May 2014 by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (Texas DHCA) in Inclusive Communities Project v. Texas Dep’t of Housing and Community Affairs could give...more

Protection from Sexual-Orientation Discrimination in Pennsylvania

In Whitewood v. Wolf, a federal judge struck down a Pennsylvania law that limited the definition of marriage to that between “one man and one woman.” In his momentous opinion, Judge Jones also declared that classifications...more

California Federal Judge Allows Second Los Angeles Fair Housing Case To Proceed

On June 9, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California denied a mortgage lender’s motion to dismiss the City of Los Angeles’s Fair Housing Act suit, the second such denial by the same judge in recent weeks....more

“Predatory Lending” Claims by Cities and Counties Against Financial Institutions Escalate in 2014

Cities and counties that have experienced increased foreclosure and vacancy rates in the aftermath of the housing market crash of 2007-2008, perhaps emboldened by recent court decisions, have recently filed several new...more

Another insurance industry trade association group challenges the HUD disparate impact rule

We have been following the lawsuit in federal district court in D.C. in which two insurance industry trade associations have challenged the HUD disparate impact rule. The complaint in the D.C. action, which was commenced in...more

Another Supreme Court disparate impact case?

The U.S. Supreme Court could have its third opportunity since 2012 to provide clarity with respect to disparate impact claims under the Fair Housing Act and (by analogy) the Equal Credit Opportunity Act. After losing on...more

Fees Associated With Foreclosure Process May Not be Imposed On Servicemembers Protected By The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act ("SCRA") prohibits nonjudicial foreclosure proceedings during, or one year after, a servicemember's military service. In Brewster v. Sun Trust Mortgage Inc., 742 F.3d 876 (9th Cir. 2014),...more

Inclusive Communities Project case summary

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

Disparate Impact to Supreme Court Again?

Yet another Fair Housing Act disparate impact case may find its way to the U.S. Supreme Court. After losing on appeal at the Fifth Circuit in March, the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (Texas DHCA) recently...more

Disparate Impact Remains Fair Lending Risk To Banks

Lenders seeking judicial relief from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s heightened enforcement of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act were left disappointed by the settlement of Mt. Holly v. Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens in...more

Update on disparate impact lawsuit against HUD

The settlement and Supreme Court’s dismissal of Mount Holly v. Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, Inc. has increased the potential significance of the lawsuit filed in June 2013 in federal district court in Washington,...more

Mount Holly town council vote on settlement expected tomorrow

We understand that the parties are expected to sign the settlement agreement in Township of Mount Holly v. Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, Inc. sometime today and/or tomorrow and the Mount Holly town council is expected...more

Tentative settlement reportedly reached in Mount Holly

It is looking like our prediction that Township of Mount Holly v. Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, Inc. would settle before the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument was accurate. Late yesterday, the Wall Street Journal...more

Third Circuit Affirms Denial Of Final Approval Of Proposed Settlement And Certification Of Settlement Class Based On Lack Of...

The Third Circuit rejected plaintiffs’ arguments that the district court abused its discretion by overstepping its authority in declining to certify a settlement class and in misapplying Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes, in...more

Group Homes Can Move Forward With Their Lawsuit Challenging an Ordinance that has the Practical Effect of Prohibiting Group Homes...

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that the district court erred in dismissing a lawsuit challenging a city ordinance that effectively banned group homes for alcoholics and drug users with an...more

Trade Groups File Amicus Brief In Disparate Impact Case

On September 3, industry trade groups filed amici curiae briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of petitioners in the case of Township of Mt. Holly v. Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, No. 11-1507. The briefs...more

Petitioners File Supreme Court Opening Brief In Fair Housing Act Case

On August 26, the petitioners in Township of Mount Holly v. Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, Inc. et al., No. 11-1507, filed their opening merits brief in the U.S. Supreme Court on the issue of whether disparate impact...more

Third Circuit Affirms Disparate Impact Class Certification Denial

On August 12, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit affirmed a district court’s denial of class certification to a putative class of borrowers who claimed that a bank’s policy that allegedly allowed individual...more

HUD seeks stay of disparate impact suit

When we wrote about the lawsuit filed on June 26, 2013 against HUD by two insurance industry trade groups challenging HUD’s final rule formalizing its use of disparate impact liability under the Fair Housing Act (FHA), we...more

More on a possible Mt. Holly settlement

As we reported, there are signs that a settlement may be reached in Township of Mount Holly v. Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, Inc. before the U.S. Supreme Court has a chance to hear the case....more

The U.S. Supreme Court Grants Cert to Decide Whether the Fair Housing Act Allows for Disparate Impact Claims in Township of Mount...

On June 17, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court granted a petition for certiorari in a case that will decide whether “disparate impact” liability — liability based solely on a practice’s alleged discriminatory effect, though the...more

Supreme Court Takes Up Landmark Disparate Impact Case, Again, Over U.S. Objections

On June 17, 2013, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in Mount Holly v. Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, Inc., No. 11-1507, to decide whether disparate impact claims are cognizable under the Fair Housing Act (“FHA”). It...more

Supreme Court grants cert (again) in FHA disparate impact case

Second time’s the charm? For the second time in less than two years, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari today in a case that presents the question whether plaintiffs suing under the Fair Housing Act (FHA) may bring...more

U.S. Supreme Court Grants Cert. Petition Regarding Use Of Disparate Impact Analysis Under The Fair Housing Act

This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in Township of Mount Holly, New Jersey, et al. v. Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, Inc., et al. (No. 11-1507)....more

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