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HUD Fair Housing Guidance Raises ECOA Risk in Serving LEP Consumers

New guidance issued by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on Fair Housing Act (FHA) protections for persons with limited English proficiency (LEP) could have reverberations under the Equal Credit...more

HUD expands fair housing liability to include LEP discrimination

Last week, HUD issued new guidance confirming that persons with limited English proficiency (LEP) are protected under the Fair Housing Act (FHA). LEP includes a limited ability to read, write, speak, or understand English. ...more

CFPB builds case for ECOA protection for gender identity and sexual orientation

While CFPB officials have suggested in public remarks that the Equal Credit Opportunity Act’s prohibition against discrimination on the basis of “sex” includes discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation, a...more

CFPB highlights impact of student debt on communities of color

In a new blog post, the CFPB states that recent research “underscores the disproportionate impact of student debt on communities of color.” According to the CFPB, federal government data shows that over 90 percent of...more

Redlining Action Against BancorpSouth: The Department of Justice and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Join Forces

Late last year, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) brought a joint action against Hudson City Savings Bank (“Hudson Bank”) for redlining. Hudson Bank, based in New Jersey,...more

Ballard Spahr Partner Dee Spagnuolo Joins CFPB OMWI Director on Panel at ABA Meeting

Ballard Spahr Partner Dee Spagnuolo joined Director Stuart Ishimaru of the CFPB’s Office of Minority and Women Inclusion and other industry leaders for the panel discussion "Diversity and Dodd-Frank Section 342," on September...more

Ballard Spahr partner Dee Spagnuolo joins CFPB OMWI Director on panel at ABA meeting

Members of Ballard Spahr’s Consumer Financial Services group recently participated in the American Bar Association Business Law Section Annual Meeting held in Boston, Massachusetts. On September 8, Ballard partner, Dee...more

DOJ Files Suit Against California Lenders Alleging Discriminatory Loan Modification Scheme

On August 23, 2016, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the filing of a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California against several California-based mortgage loan modification...more

CFPB Relies on “Mystery Shoppers” in BancorpSouth Mortgage Discrimination Settlement

CFPB “mystery shoppers,” along with secret recordings, were part of the CFPB’s factual allegations in a recent mortgage discrimination settlement. The DOJ and CFPB announced a settlement with BancorpSouth Bank to resolve...more

Diversity assessment and remedial measures required by CFPB consent order

On June 29, 2016, BancorpSouth Bank announced a proposed settlement and consent order with the CFPB and the U.S. Department of Justice of charges that the bank’s mortgage lending practices violated the Equal Credit...more

CFPB Supervisory Highlights – January 2016 to April 2016

On June 30, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) released the twelfth edition of its Supervisory Highlights report (“Report”), which focused on supervision work completed between January and April 2016. The...more

OCC Hosts Forum on Responsible Innovation

On June 23, 2016, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) hosted a daylong forum, “Supporting Responsible Innovation in the Federal Banking System.” The purpose of the forum was to encourage a dialogue among...more

SCOTUS to Review the Reach of the Fair Housing Act

On June 28, 2016, the Supreme Court granted Wells Fargo's petition for a writ of certiorari in Wells Fargo & Co. and Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. v. The City of Miami as well as Bank of America's petition for a writ of certiorari...more

Agencies announce submission of diversity self-assessments to OMWIs can begin

In a notice to be published in tomorrow’s Federal Register, the CFPB, OCC, Fed, FDIC, SEC, and NCUA announce that the Office of Management and Budget has approved the “information collection” contained in their “Final...more

GAO report shows continuing CFPB employee concerns related to fair treatment

A report last month issued by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that a survey of nonexecutive CFPB employees revealed “heightened concerns related to fair treatment, trust that employees can raise concerns...more

CFPB and DOJ settle fair lending claims involving allegations of redlining, discretionary underwriting and pricing, and overt...

The CFPB and DOJ recently announced a proposed consent order with BancorpSouth Bank to settle charges that the bank’s mortgage lending practices violated the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Credit Opportunity Act....more

CFPB and DOJ Settle Fair Lending Claims Involving Allegations of Redlining, Discretionary Underwriting and Pricing, and Overt...

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced a proposed consent order with BancorpSouth Bank to settle charges that the bank’s mortgage lending practices violated the...more

CFPB Announces $10.6M Settlement with Mississippi Bank over Redlining

In a case that demonstrates the scope of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (“CFPB’s”) reach, the CFPB and Department of Justice (“DOJ”) have entered into a settlement with BancorpSouth totaling almost $10,600,000...more

Department of Housing and Urban Development Announces Settlement with National Bank over Alleged Discriminatory Lending Practices

On June 8, 2016, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced it entered into a settlement agreement with a national bank over allegations the bank engaged in discriminatory lending practices in violation...more

CFPB Examinations and Investigations: Defense Strategies and Best Practices

The pursuit of examinations and enforcement actions by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has created new challenges for entities that provide consumer financial products and services. Given the CFPB’s broad...more

The Future Of CFPB Small Business Lending Regulation

In this article we highlight the role played by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in regulating small business lending. Broadly speaking, the bureau’s jurisdiction is limited to the marketplace for consumer financial...more

Was a CFPB Enforcement Action Based on "Racial Profiling and Junk Science"?

In a press release dated April 18, 2012, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) declared that it would "use all available legal avenues, including disparate impact, to pursue lenders whose practices...more

FTC issues new FCRA guidance for employment background screening companies

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued new guidance for employment background screening companies containing information on how to comply with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). One of the key elements of this new...more

FTC Releases Updated FCRA Guidance On Background Checks

On May 10, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a new publication related to background checks and the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) titled What Employment Background Screening Companies Need to Know About the...more

Congress Considers Changes to FCRA to Expand Consumer Credit Files and Limit Use of Credit Reports for Employment Decisions

The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) regulates consumer reporting agencies (CRAs) and the use of consumer reports. The FCRA’s stated purpose includes requiring CRAs to adopt reasonable procedures for meeting the needs of...more

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