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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

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

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

Lenders Take Note: U.S. Supreme Court to Decide Scope of Right to Sue Under Federal Fair Housing Act

by Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP on

The federal Fair Housing Act (“FHA”) outlaws discrimination in lending based not only on race, color and national origin, but also religion, sex, disability and familial status. Across the country, courts are grappling with...more

Banks Appeal Fair Housing Act Case to Supreme Court

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In September 2015, the Eleventh Circuit ruled that the City of Miami had sufficient standing to sue Bank of America and Wells Fargo over lending practices that were alleged to be racially discriminatory. On June 28, 2016,...more

Landmark Discrimination Case: Fair Housing Act Thwarts NIMBYs - Avenue 6E Investments, LLC v. City of Yuma (March 25, 2016)

Why It Matters: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a decision in favor of the City of Yuma, Arizona, and concluded instead that there was sufficient evidence to present to a jury that the City had rejected the...more

Massachusetts High Court Examines Disparate Impact Theory in Light of Recent Supreme Court Decision

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A ruling last week by Massachusetts' highest state court demonstrates courts' vigorous examination of disparate impact housing claims in light of recent judicial guidance, as well as the type of proactive measures property...more

Eleventh Circuit Allows Miami’s Claims under the Fair Housing Act to Move Forward

The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently reversed a lower court ruling that dismissed discriminatory lending claims against Wells Fargo & Co., Bank of America Corp. and Citigroup Inc., all brought by the City of Miami....more

Five Surprising Facts About the Inclusive Communities Case

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In the Supreme Court’s recent, landmark decision in Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, Inc., 576 U.S. ___, 2015 WL 2473449 (Jun. 25, 2015), the Court held that, while disparate...more

Supreme Court Holds That Disparate-Impact Claims are Available Under the FHA

The Fair Housing Act (FHA) prohibits lenders, brokers, landlords or any other person from discriminating against a person seeking to rent, purchase or secure financing on a home. The FHA specifically prohibits discrimination...more

Not-So-Sudden Impact: Insurers Face A New Breed Of Claim Under the Fair Housing Act (Part 2 of 3)

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

This is the second article of a three-part series about two recent decisions by federal courts in Connecticut and California: Viens v. America Empire Surplus Lines Ins. Co., No. 3:14cv952 (D. Conn. June 23, 2015), and Jones...more

Disparate Impact is Here to Stay: What the Supreme Court's Decision Means for the Multi-Family Industry

On June 25, 2015, Justice Kennedy delivered the Supreme Court’s decision in Texas v. Inclusive Communities Project. In the case, the Court determined that the Fair Housing Act of 1968 includes disparate impact claims. Prior...more

Supreme Court Affirms FHA Disparate Impact Claims

Late last month, the Supreme Court handed down a significant decision affecting rights and obligations under the Fair Housing Act. The Court’s 5-4 decision in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive...more

Anti-Discrimination Housing Laws Tackled by U.S. Supreme Court

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Public Agencies May Face Litigation, but Court-Imposed Safeguards to Limit Liability - Having taken up the question twice before only to see both cases settle, the United States Supreme Court recently concluded that...more

U.S. Supreme Court Issues Ruling Favorable To Employers Involved In Disparate-Impact Litigation

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

On June 25, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a 5 to 4 ruling in Texas Dep’t of Housing & Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, Inc., No. 13-1371 (2015). Now that the dust has settled from the Supreme Court’s...more

Recent US Supreme Court Decision Impacts Affordable Housing Industry

On June 25, the US Supreme Court upheld a decision that the Fair Housing Act ("Act") includes disparate impact claims. In Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, Inc., the Supreme...more

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Disparate-Impact Claims in Fair Housing Act Cases

by Wilson Elser on

On June 25, 2015, in Texas Dep't of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, the U.S. Supreme Court held that a plaintiff may establish a prima facie case under the Fair Housing Act (FHA) on the basis...more

Lending Industry Take Note: Federal Fair Housing Act Provides For Disparate-Impact Liability

The status quo stands, to a degree. By a 5-4 vote, the United States Supreme Court has concluded that the federal Fair Housing Act (“FHA”) authorizes lawsuits not just for intentional discrimination, but for conduct taken...more

Court Reaffirms Viability of Disparate Impact Theory in Discrimination Cases

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Last week, the Supreme Court issued its highly anticipated ruling in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, Inc. (Inclusive Communities). For the first time, the Court interpreted...more

Developers: Beware of Disparate Impact After Supreme Court Ruling

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Following the Supreme Court’s decision in Texas Dept. of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, state agencies and real estate developers should carefully consider the effects of their low-income...more

U.S. Supreme Court Finds Disparate Impact Claims Cognizable Under FHA

by Burr & Forman on

This case arose from a dispute regarding where housing for low-income persons should be constructed in Dallas, Texas—that is, whether low-income housing projects that received government tax credits should be built in the...more

U.S. Supreme Court Decides Fair Housing Act Allows Disparate-Impact Claims

by Carlton Fields on

On June 25th, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, et al. v. Inclusive Communities Project, Inc., et al., holding that disparate-impact claims are cognizable under...more

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