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NY Proposes New Title Insurance Regulations To Help Reduce Closing Costs

On April 29, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled new title insurance regulations aimed at reducing title insurance closing costs of up to 20 percent for new homebuyers by eliminating kickbacks and other improper...more

CFPB issues 2014 fair lending report

The CFPB has issued a fair lending report covering its fair lending activities during 2014. The report states that in 2014, CFPB fair lending supervisory and public enforcement actions required institutions to provide...more

Justice Department’s ECOA report describes joint CFPB activity

The U.S. Department of Justice recently issued the Attorney General’s 2014 Annual Report to Congress Pursuant to the Equal Credit Opportunity Act Amendments of 1976. The report discusses the DOJ’s 2014 ECOA enforcement...more

DOJ Submits 2014 Equal Credit Opportunity Act Annual Report to Congress

On April 13, the DOJ released its 2014 Annual Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) Report highlighting its activities to address credit discrimination. The twenty-page report highlights discrimination lawsuits and settlements...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: April Fools Prank or Legitimate OCC Guidance on SCRA?

Why would the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the OCC) issue a Bulletin on April Fools’ Day? In the OCC Bulletin 2015-21, issued April 1st 2015, the OCC advised that certain protections of the Servicemembers...more

Recent Settlements of Joint UDAAP Enforcement Between State and Federal Regulators

The Dodd-Frank Act (“Dodd-Frank”) granted to state attorneys general and state regulators much of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (“CFPB”) UDAAP authority. In particular, Dodd-Frank gives state attorneys authority...more

New York Bank Sued for Fair Housing, Lending Violations

Why it matters - New York banks are continuing to face lawsuits over alleged discriminatory lending practices. In September 2014, the state’s Attorney General, Eric T. Schneiderman, filed a “redlining” suit against...more

Fair Housing Organization Files Suit for Alleged Racial Bias

On February 3, the Fair Housing Justice Center (FHJC), a regional fair housing non-profit organization based in New York City, filed a complaint alleging that a large bank discriminated in its mortgage lending practices on...more

Appellate Court Notes

SC19194 - State v. Miranda SC19289 - Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. v. Perez Supreme Court upheld Appellate Court’s decision to reform the plaintiff’s mortgage. SC19226 - Sullins v. United Parcel...more

"Supreme Court May Nix Disparate Impact in Fair Lending Enforcement"

In recent years, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and Department of Justice (DOJ) have increased fair lending enforcement under the disparate impact theory of liability. This term, however, the U.S. Supreme...more

U.S. Supreme Court Addresses Disparate Impact Liability Under the Fair Housing Act

On January 21, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Docket No. 13-1371, a case that focuses on whether claims based on...more

NY Attorney General Announces Agreement To End Bank’s Alleged Mortgage Redlining

On January 19, the New York Attorney General (AG) announced an agreement with a New York-based community bank that the AG alleged had excluded predominantly minority neighborhoods from its mortgage lending business. ...more

State AGs Take Sides as U.S. Supreme Court Hears Housing Discrimination Case

On January 21, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear argument in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, on the question of whether disparate impact claims for discrimination are...more

Special Alert: Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments on Fair Housing Act Disparate Impact Case

Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, in which Texas challenged the disparate impact theory of discrimination under the...more

HUD Multifamily provides guidance on marijuana use in assisted housing

On December 29, 2014, Benjamin Metcalf, HUD Deputy Assistant Secretary for Multifamily Assisted Properties, issued a memo to HUD Multifamily directors and contract administrators clarifying the impact of medical marijuana use...more

Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly of the Proposed Rule and Draft Assessment Tool

Ever since HUD’s Proposed Rule regarding Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (the Rule) was published on July 19, 2013, the housing industry and fair housing advocates have each drawn clear lines in the sand as to where...more

When Being Ethical Pays Off – Countrywide Whistleblower Gets $56.7 Million Payout

A former executive at mortgage lender, Countrywide Financial, is about to become an extremely wealthy man. Edward O’Donnell is set to collect $57.6 million from Bank of America, for his role in exposing fraudulent activity...more

U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Resolve Whether the FHA Provides for Disparate Impact Liability.

A major change to federal law governing mortgage lending may be on the horizon. On October 2, 2014, the United States Supreme Court agreed to decide whether the Fair Housing Act (“FHA”) not only imposes liability for...more

Amicus Curiae Oppose Disparate-Impact Liability

Recently, following the U.S. Supreme Court's grant of certiorari, more than a dozen organizations, groups, and associations filed separate amicus curiae briefs in support of the notion that the Fair Housing Act (FHA) does not...more

CFPB issues bulletin on consideration of public assistance income in credit decisions

The CFPB has issued a new bulletin (Bulletin 2014-03) that is intended “to remind creditors” of their ECOA/Regulation B obligations with respect to consideration of public assistance income and relevant standards and...more

Federal Court Vacates HUD Disparate Impact Rule

On November 3, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia vacated HUD’s Disparate Impact Rule under the Fair Housing Act (FHA). The court, in American Insurance Association v. United States Department of...more

D.C. Court Strikes Down HUD Disparate Impact Rule

The District Court of the District of Columbia has issued a decisive order vacating HUD’s 2013 Fair Housing Act disparate impact rule. The rule, as we’ve discussed, has always been based on a shaky legal foundation, but is...more

Court Tosses HUD’s Disparate Impact Rule: Is Protection for Lenders from Disparate Impact Claims on the Horizon?

Since the 1970s, courts have routinely held that the Fair Housing Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 3601 et seq., may remedy housing discrimination proven through use of the disparate impact theory. The doctrine of disparate impact permits a...more

Federal court strikes down HUD’s disparate impact regulations

On Monday, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued a scathing opinion that struck down HUD’s disparate impact rule. The disparate impact rule, also referred to as a ”discriminatory effects”...more

Federal District Court Vacates HUD Disparate Impact Rule

In a Fair Housing Act (FHA) case we have been watching for some time, the federal district court in Washington, D.C., recently issued an opinion vacating the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD’s)...more

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