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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

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

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

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

Solicitor General files brief opposing certiorari in Mt. Holly

Last week, the Solicitor General finally filed his brief expressing the views of the United States on whether the U.S. Supreme Court should grant the petition for certiorari pending in Township of Mount Holly v. Mt. Holly...more

American Bankers Association Real Estate Lending Conference - Qualified Mortgages: A Sea Change For Mortgage Lenders

In This Presentation: - The Qualified Mortgage (QM) Rule - Small Creditor QM Proposal - The Ability-to-Repay (ATR) Rule: What It Says and What It Means - Liability for Failure to Comply with the ATR and QM...more

HUD's Final Rule on Fair Housing Act Liability Explained in New Dechert OnPoint

February has certainly been a big month for federal agencies to issue long-awaited final rules. The latest agency to throw its hat into the ring is the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which recently codified...more

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Issues Final Rule Affirming Use of Disparate Impact to Establish Liability for...

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) issued a final rule (“Rule”) on February 8, 2013, which provides additional support to potential government and private plaintiffs seeking to challenge “facially...more

HUD Issues Final ‘Discriminatory Effects’ Rule

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has issued a final rule that provides that if a practice has a "discriminatory effect," HUD or a private plaintiff can establish liability under the Fair Housing Act (FHA), even...more

HUD Issues Aggressive New Fair Housing Rule

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) has finally issued its much-debated disparate impact rule. HUD argues that the rule — which it plans to apply retroactively — is simply a codification of its...more

Virginia Federal Court Applies Continuing Violation Theory To Extend FHA Statute Of Limitations

On January 29, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia invoked the continuing violation theory in refusing to bar an otherwise untimely Fair Housing Act discrimination claim. Nat’l Fair Hous. Alliance,...more

Massachusetts Federal Court Reverses Prior Certification of Class in Fair Lending Case

On September 18, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts decertified a class of borrowers who allege that their mortgage lender violated the Equal Credit Opportunity Act and the Fair Housing Act by allowing...more

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