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Washington Amends State SCRA Statute To Provide State Remedy For Violation Of Federal SCRA

On March 27, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed SB 2171, which amends the Washington Service Member’s Civil Relief Act (WSCRA) to provide that a violation of the federal Servicemembers Civil Relief Act is a violation of...more

New York to Provide Estate Tax Refund to Surviving Gay Spouses

New York to Provide Estate Tax Refund to Surviving Gay Spouses by Frank L. Brunetti on August 5, 2013 In light of the Supreme Court's recent Defense of Marriage Act ruling, many states are quickly adjusting their tax...more

Cyprus: To Litigate or Not to Litigate?

Harneys’ Cyprus Banking Group is closely monitoring a legal challenge to the bail-out legislation which is currently before the Cyprus courts....more

Michigan ATMs Hit With Class Action Lawsuits Alleging Non-Compliance With ADA Requirements

The first ATM accessibility class-action lawsuits under the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA") were filed in federal district court in Michigan earlier this month. The class-action lawsuits request a permanent...more

Raising the Bar: HUD Issues New Rule Imposing More Demanding Standard for Defending Against Discrimination Claims Under the Fair...

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently issued a new rule to formalize a national standard for determining whether a housing practice violates the Fair Housing Act (FHA) as the result of a...more

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

Justice Department Settles ADA Claims against Debt Collector

A recent Department of Justice settlement with a debt collection law firm that was accused of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act exemplifies the mounting federal scrutiny of the debt collection industry....more

CFPB: Mortgage Originator Violations

Yesterday, I outlined for you the features of the CFPB's requisites of a Compliance Management System (CMS). My observations were based on the CFPB's newsletter, entitled Supervisory Highlights: Fall 2012, an issuance to the...more

DOJ Settles 'Pattern or Practice' Fair Lending Case

The Department of Justice's "pattern or practice" fair lending lawsuit against GFI Mortgage Bankers, Inc., has resulted in a settlement that requires GFI to pay a total of $3.555 million, consisting of $3.5 million in...more

Is your ATM a Lawsuit Risk? First Suits Filed Over ADA Compliance

Originally published on Independent Bankers Association of Texas (http://www.ibat.org/news/2012/07/02/is-your-atm-a-lawsuit-risk) - July 2, 2012. You may have missed it last week. Not long after it issued its opinion...more

Superior Court of New Jersey Slashes Attorneys' Fees in Class Action Settlement

In Storch v. Five Guys Enterprises, LLC and FG Madison, LLC, the New Jersey Superior Court found that counsel fees of $50,000 plus approximately $500 in costs were fair and reasonable under the applicable standards as applied...more

K&L Gates Files Federal Pro Bono Action to Challenge Foreclosure Rescue Scheme

On March 6, 2012, K&L Gates LLP filed a federal lawsuit challenging an allegedly discriminatory and otherwise unlawful foreclosure rescue scam targeted to Hispanic homeowners in Northern Virginia. The National and Washington...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter -- January 2012

IN THIS ISSUE: - Editor's Overview - 2011 -- The Year in Review: Last Year's Most Significant ERISA - Litigation Opinions and What They Foreshadow for 2012 - Second Circuit's Recent ERISA Statute...more

Proponents of Extracting Slavery Reparations From Private Interests Must Contend with Equity's Maxims

Charles E. Rounds, Jr., Proponents of Extracting Slavery Reparations From Private Interests Must Contend with Equity’s Maxims, 42 U. Tol. L. Rev. 673 (2011): That the national conversation on slavery reparations has been, and...more

DOJ Settlement May Signal Expanded Liability and Aggressive Enforcement

This article, which appeared in the ABA's Section of Litigation, Consumer & Civil Rights Newsletter, discusses the Department of Justice's 2010 settlement with two subsidiaries of American International Group (AIG), resolving...more

Summary Judgment Granted for Defendant in Certified Deferred Annuity Class Action

In a substantial victory for deferred annuity issuers, Judge Claudia Wilken of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on October 6, 2010, granted Defendant's motion for summary judgment in Kennedy...more

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