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CFPB Brings Long-Anticipated First Redlining Enforcement Action – New Approach to Redlining Analysis is put into Action

On September 24, 2015, the CFPB and DOJ announced a joint action against Hudson City Savings Bank for allegedly discriminatory redlining practices from 2009 through 2013 in certain neighborhoods in New York, New Jersey,...more

ADA Compliance: Landlords, You're On the Hook

The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination based on disability. Title III of the ADA requires that businesses provide accommodations to persons with disabilities and access that is equal or similar to...more

Straight Outta Delaware: JLI Invest S.A. et al. v. Cook et al.

As soon as we start to think that Delaware’s unclaimed property practices and administration couldn’t possibly get any more egregious, another lawsuit like JLI Invest S.A. et al. v. Cook et al., Case No. 11274 surfaces. The...more

Dual Ruling in FEHA Case Addresses Evidence Required to Establish Qualified Disability and Sets High Standard for Cost Recovery as...

Gabriel L. Roman, et al. v. BRE Properties, et al. - Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District (June 17, 2015) - The Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”) prohibits, as unlawful discrimination, a refusal to make...more

Is a Disability Lawsuit Coming to Your Property?

If you own or lease commercial property in Minnesota, you may be at risk of being named in a series of lawsuits targeting Minnesota business owners. Why Lawsuits Are Being Filed - Commercial property owners and...more

Can that Doggie in the Window … Enter my Store?

Readers will recall that we recently corralled the law on “Assistive Animals” in the workplace, here. Now, in part two of our mini-series, we pony up an explanation of the rules governing the use of service animals by...more

Wave of ADA Public Accommodation Lawsuits Continue to Spread, Hits Illinois

In recent weeks, we have seen a surge in Illinois of private plaintiff lawsuits filed under the public accommodation provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). Public accommodation lawsuits have been...more

Is a Kangaroo a Service Animal? It Depends on Where you Are and What the Animal Does

We recently came across a news story that inspired us to draft this post: A Wisconsin woman and a kangaroo enter a restaurant. (If that isn’t a great joke intro, we don’t know what is.) Another customer calls the police to...more

Temporary Obstructions Are a Permanent Problem Under the Americans with Disabilities Act

Boxes, ladders, furniture or other objects commonly placed in aisles, walkways or paths may not be temporary obstructions and may be actionable under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) according to a recent ruling by...more

Three Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Anti-Retaliation Claims Fail

Courts recently issued three opinions on the whistleblower anti-retaliation provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act. In Murray v. UBS Securities, LLC, Mr. Murray claimed he was terminated because he refused to skew his...more

AODA in Brief

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (“AODA”) which serves as the framework for the Accessibility Standards for Customer Service (the “Customer Service Standard”) and the Integrated Accessibility...more

Deference in Decline: ECOA’s Regulation B and Agency Discretion Might Not Be Broad Enough to Include Spousal Guarantors

For more than 40 years, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (‘‘ECOA’’) has prohibited lenders from discriminating against applicants for credit on various prohibited bases, including marital status. The policy reasons for such...more

New Accessibility Disclosure in Commercial Leases

As of July 1, 2013, California Civil Code §1938 required all commercial leases to state whether the premises have been inspected by a “Certified Access Specialist” (“CASp”) and, if so, whether the premises has or has not been...more

Evangelical Church Sues Colonie, New York, Alleges Religious Discrimination, Over Delays in Land Use Approval Process

An evangelical church, Life Covenant Church a/k/a (“LifeChurch”), is suing Colonie, New York (“Town”), the Town’s Planning Board, certain of its members, and the Town’s attorneys over allegations that the Town’s...more

ADA Lawyer: FedEx sued for failure to provide effective auxiliary aids and services for hearing and speech impaired employees and...

Effective communication with blind, low vision, deaf, hard-of-hearing, speech impaired and cognitively challenged employees, potential employees, customers and guests is one of the fundamental tenets of the Americans with...more

Five Holiday Season Tips for Retail Landlords

The holiday season brings many desirable things to a retail center: a fresh holiday look, a sense of excitement and anticipation, and most importantly — more traffic and customers. Along with these benefits, the holidays also...more

Disability Access Litigation on the Rise

In an article published recently in The Wall Street Journal (“Disability Lawsuits Against Small Businesses Soar,” October 15, 2014), staff writer Angus Loten reported that accessibility lawsuits brought under the Americans...more

2d Cir Extends Williamson County Ripeness "Final Decision" Requirement To ADA Claims

Ah, Williamson County. We've ranted about it before, so we won't do so here (again). But takings mavens know that a property owner must meet two tests before she can raise a takings claim against a state or local government...more

Second Circuit Restores Litchfield Synagogue's Lawsuit

A lawsuit filed by a Litchfield Jewish organization has been reinstated, giving the group new hopes it will ultimately win approval to build a 20,000-square-foot synagogue and community center near the historic...more

Court Says "Porch-Like Structures" Do Not Violate ADA

In an important decision for retailers and other public accommodations, the Tenth Circuit overturned a lower court decision requiring that every "porch-like" entrance to Hollister retail establishments be remediated to be...more

Ninth Circuit Holds That ADA Applies to Public "On-Street" Parking Even in the Absence of Adopted Technical Design Standards

Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”)1 requires states and local governments to operate and maintain public “services, programs or activities” in a manner that is “readily accessible” to the disabled. The...more

‘Steering Clear of ADA Drive-By Lawsuits’: Three Tips For Better Managing ADA-Related Risk

When I defend Virginia property owners in lawsuits involving the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), certain plaintiffs greet me warmly as I walk up to depose them. Why? Because we have seen each other so many times we are...more

DOJ Regulation Proposes New Closed Captioning Requirements

The Department of Justice has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that will establish new closed captioning requirements for movie theaters. This proposed rule has been issued under Title III of the Americans with...more

Curb Appeal: Looks Matter When It Comes to the ADA

I’m frequently asked two questions by business owners and managers when it comes to ADA compliance and lawsuits. The first question is, “what type of businesses get sued most often?”...more

Where Minorities Fit In To Miami CRE

MIAMI—What can Miami’s commercial real estate industry do to increase minority participation? And how is CREW-Miami helping through its programs in 2014? We caught up with CREW-Miami’s 2014 president and Bilzin Sumberg...more

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