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Cities Can Sue Banks for Predatory Lending, U.S. Supreme Court Says

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

While the nationwide economy has steadily improved since the recession, many cities are still clawing their way back to financial stability. California, in particular, was hit hard by the foreclosure crisis, leaving cities in...more

Lending Industry Take Note: U.S. Supreme Court Rules on Scope of Right to Sue Under Federal Fair Housing Act

by Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP on

A city’s lawsuit against various banks under the federal Fair Housing Act (“FHA”) to recover property tax revenues allegedly lost due to discriminatory lending practices has survived . . . for now. In a recent decision, the...more

Does the Ban on Salary History Inquiries Violate the First Amendment? Ruling on Philadelphia Bill May Impact New York 

by Fisher Phillips on

On May 4, 2017, New York City joined the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the City of Philadelphia when the Mayor signed legislation that bans employers from inquiring about the salary history of job applicants. These laws,...more

Education Newsletter Volume 1, Number 1: Arizona Senator Introduces Bill to Expand the Rights of Student Speech

by Dickinson Wright on

This session, Arizona Senate Majority Leader Kimberly Yee (R-Phoenix) introduced Senate Bill 1384 to expand the rights of student journalists. If passed would grant both high school and college level student journalists the...more

What Employers Need to Know about Trump’s Religious Liberty Executive Order

by Fisher Phillips on

President Trump signed an executive order on religious liberty last week to commemorate the National Day of Prayer. Like many before it, the exact contents of this order were hotly anticipated, fueled by White House leaks and...more

U.S. Supreme Court Sides with Cities, Allowing Lawsuits Against Banks for Fair Housing Act Violations - Bank of America v. City of...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The U.S. Supreme Court has given the City of Miami the go-ahead to sue banks under the Fair Housing Act for alleged racially discriminatory lending practices that resulted in increased foreclosures and fiscal harm to the...more

Supreme Court Holds That Cities Have Standing to Sue for Fair Housing Act Violations

by BakerHostetler on

On Monday, in Bank of America Corp. et al. v. City of Miami, Florida, the Supreme Court held in a 5-3 decision that the City of Miami had standing to challenge alleged violations of the Fair Housing Act by lenders. 581 U.S....more

Mayor de Blasio Signs NYC Ban on Salary Inquiries

by Jones Day on

May 2017 On May 4, 2017, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a law that will prohibit New York City employers from inquiring about the salary and benefits histories of job applicants. The law, which the New York City...more

May the 4th Be With You: Philadelphia’s Wage Equity Saga Continues

by Fisher Phillips on

It is only fitting that, on this day, May the 4th, which has become known colloquially as Star Wars Day, we bring you this update on Philadelphia’s Wage Equity Ordinance saga which could send significant ripples throughout...more

Supreme Court Reaffirms Standing Under the FHA, but Requires Rigorous Showing of Proximate Cause

by Locke Lord LLP on

Whether, and under what circumstances, a plaintiff alleges facts sufficient to confer standing under the Fair Housing Act (FHA) has long been the subject of litigation. Two questions frame this analysis: Whether the FHA...more

The Supreme Court - May 01, 2017

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in two cases today: Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela v. Helmerich & Payne Int’l Drilling Co., No. 15-423: Respondent companies brought suit in federal court against...more

Recruiting for youthful workforce leads to age discrimination lawsuits

by McAfee & Taft on

Some companies may believe that projecting a youthful and energetic image is important to their brand. Two recent court cases, however, show that employers who focus their hiring policies and practices too much on young...more

Businesses Challenge Philadelphia Law Prohibiting Inquiry into Prospective Employee’s Wage History

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Businesses banded together to challenge, on First Amendment and Due Process grounds, the pay equity Ordinance which would ban inquiries into prospective employees’ prior salaries. The Ordinance, which was...more

Effective Date of Philadelphia Wage Equity Bill Put on Hold

As you may recall, late last year we discussed a new Philadelphia law that banned private-sector employers from asking job applicants about their wage and fringe benefits history. The Wage Equity Bill, which was aimed at...more

Two New Rules for New York City Employers

by White & Case LLP on

Prohibition with Respect to Salary Histories - In an effort to combat gender pay inequality, New York City will join Philadelphia and Massachusetts in prohibiting employers from inquiring about the salary histories of...more

Philadelphia Delays Implementation of Ordinance Restricting Employer Inquiries Into Applicants’ Salary History Following Legal...

Philadelphia has indefinitely delayed implementation of its new ordinance that that will make it unlawful for employers to inquire into an applicant’s wage history during the hiring process....more

The City of Philadelphia Has Agreed To Stay The Enforcement of The Philadelphia Wage Equity Ordinance Pending Resolution of Court...

by Littler on

The City of Philadelphia has agreed to stay the enforcement of the Philadelphia Wage Equity Ordinance, which was to take effect on May 23, 2017, and be codified in the Philadelphia Code at Sections 9-1103((1)(i) and 9-1131. ...more

RLUIPA Round Up

The recent confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch has brought renewed attention to the often blurry line between the courts, government and individual religious liberty. Gorsuch wrote a concurring opinion in the...more

Seventh Circuit Rules Title VII Bars Sexual Orientation Discrimination, Creating Circuit Split and Setting Stage for Likely...

In a landmark en banc decision rejecting its earlier panel ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit became the first federal appellate court to hold that Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act prohibits...more

“The Writing Is on the Wall:” The Seventh Circuit Holds Title VII Prohibits Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation

by Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP on

On April 4, 2017, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeal became the first United States appellate court to hold that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. This is...more

Applicant Who Failed Pre-Employment Drug Test Could Not Show That Public Employer Violated Her Due Process Rights or Title VII

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

A federal district court recently dismissed a lawsuit in which a job applicant challenged a public employer’s decision to withdraw an offer of employment after the individual tested positive for cocaine on a pre-employment...more

Judge dismisses ADA website lawsuit

In September 2016, we published an alert that a group of plaintiff’s ADA lawyers had threatened a number of businesses – including hotels – with litigation claiming their websites failed to comply with “ADA Guidelines.” These...more

NC Legislative Update - March 2017 #5

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

This week - Another seemingly deliberate week at the legislature picked up the pace very quickly Wednesday afternoon, with rumors of a deal to repeal House Bill 2, North Carolina’s controversial “bathroom bill”. On...more

Bank Website ADA Litigation Update

by Bryan Cave on

Recent court decisions from California and Florida may provide ammunition to retailers battling claims that their websites and mobile applications are inaccessible in violation of Title III of the Americans With Disabilities...more

See You In Court! - April 2017

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

The Nutmeg Board of Education was frustrated and dismayed this budget season by the need to cut programs and reduce costs. However, given various warnings from Seymour Dollars, the irascible Chairperson of the Nutmeg Board of...more

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