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

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

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

Potential Implications For Financial Institutions After Last Week’s SCOTUS Decision Guaranteeing A Right For Same-Sex Couples To...

Today the Southeast Financial Litigation Monitor sat down with Balch Partner John Pickering, member of the Financial Industries Section and leader of the Real Estate, Credit and Commercial Practice Group, to discuss the...more

U.S. Supreme Court Holds Disparate Impact Claims Can Be Brought under Fair Housing Act

In Texas Dept. of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, Inc., decided on June 25, 2015, the United States Supreme Court held that disparate impact claims are cognizable under the Fair Housing Act....more

Supreme Court Upholds Disparate Impact: What are the Practical Consequences for Mortgage Lenders?

The Supreme Court has held that disparate impact claims are valid under the federal Fair Housing Act (the “FHA”). In essence, this means that liability under the FHA can be proven by showing discriminatory effects of...more

Fair Housing Disparate Impact Claims Survive SCOTUS Challenge

The U.S. Supreme Court has decided, 5 - 4, that the Fair Housing Act (FHA) permits the use of a major antidiscrimination tool, the legal theory of disparate impact. Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The...more

Special Alert: Disparate Impact Under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act After Inclusive Communities

On June 25, the Supreme Court in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, Inc. held that disparate-impact claims are cognizable under the Fair Housing Act (FHA). The Court, in a 5-4...more

Disparate Impact Doctrine Survives Supreme Court Review

After years of debate and false starts, the Supreme Court has held that the Fair Housing Act (“FHA”) permits disparate impact claims. In Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project,...more

FATCA: Trapped by the Land of the Free?

The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) has been billed as the U.S.’s bold effort to go after tax dodgers and cheats. The picture painted is that of greedy rich people secreting their fortunes in offshore accounts and...more

Update For Retirement Plans Post-Windsor

Now that some of the dust has settled on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in U.S. v. Windsor, employers who haven’t done so already should take immediate steps to review their retirement plan documents and administrative...more

The CFPB issues guidance on ensuring equal treatment for same-sex married couples

On June 25, 2014, the CFPB issued guidance setting forth basic principles on the issue of equal treatment for legally-married same-sex couples. The CFPB noted that this guidance was issued in response to the decision in...more

The CFPB Eyes Supervisory Regulation Over Large Auto-Lenders

Large auto-lenders may soon have to contend with a new regulator. In its most recent semi-annual report, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) highlighted its intent to promulgate a new rule which would subject...more

“Predatory Lending” Claims by Cities and Counties Against Financial Institutions Escalate in 2014

Cities and counties that have experienced increased foreclosure and vacancy rates in the aftermath of the housing market crash of 2007-2008, perhaps emboldened by recent court decisions, have recently filed several new...more

Another Supreme Court disparate impact case?

The U.S. Supreme Court could have its third opportunity since 2012 to provide clarity with respect to disparate impact claims under the Fair Housing Act and (by analogy) the Equal Credit Opportunity Act. After losing on...more

New IRS Rules on Same Sex Marriages and How the Rules Affect Employer-Sponsored Retirement Plans

In the U. S. Supreme Court's decision in United States v. Windsor (Windsor), the Court held that, for federal purposes, Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. Although the dispute in the Windsor...more

IRS Issues Additional Guidance On The Treatment Of Same-Sex Spouses For Retirement Plan Purposes

IRS Notice 2014-19 provides long-awaited guidance on the application of the decision in United States v. Windsor to retirement plans qualified under Internal Revenue Code (“IRC”) Section 401(a). For tax-qualification...more

How Does DOMA Ruling Affect Your Estate and Tax Planning?

The Supreme Court’s decision in Windsor v. U.S. has effectively struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, also known as DOMA, retroactively. Here are some tax advantages now available to married same-sex...more

Supreme Court Rules DOMA Unconstitutional – Securities Law And Corporate Finance Implications

On June 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court, in U.S. v. Windsor, ruled that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional because it violates the Fifth Amendment’s equal protection guaranty for persons of...more

Higher Education Highlights - Summer 2013

Contents: - Clery Act Amendments May Impact Title IX Best Practices - Student Speech and Liability in MOOCs – a Brave New World - Assistance and Emotional Support Animals Are Just the Tip of the...more

More than 50 parties file recourse proceedings in the Cyprus Supreme Court

As noted in our previous update, several clients have considered legal challenges to the new laws based on the resolution measures agreed by the Eurogroup and the Republic of Cyprus. These resolution measures on Bank of...more

Employment And Labor Law Alert: Minnesota's Same-Sex Marriage Law: Effects On Employers

On Tuesday, May 14, 2013, Governor Dayton signed into law a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in Minnesota (H.F. 1054 and S.F. 925), effective August 1, 2013....more

Cyprus: To Litigate or Not to Litigate?

Harneys’ Cyprus Banking Group is closely monitoring a legal challenge to the bail-out legislation which is currently before the Cyprus courts....more

Weekly Brief: DOJ Memo Details Justification For Killing US Citizens  [Video]

Feb. 7 (Bloomberg Law) -- Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia runs through the legal news for the week. A confidential memo leaked from the Department of Justice details the legal rationale for the extrajudicial killing of American...more

Sixth Circuit Affirms Fair Lending Class Certification Denial

On January 15, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit affirmed a district court’s denial of class certification sought by a proposed class of borrowers alleging that a lender’s mortgage loan pricing policy, which...more

Second Circuit Overturns Pryor Cashman Client’s Bank Fraud and Aggravated Identity Theft Convictions

New York Law Journal November 15, 2012 Press Release and Media Coverage In a major decision announced November 8, 2012, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has overturned Pryor Cashman client Felix Nkansah’s...more

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