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FINRA Again Cautions Against Confidentiality Provisions Silencing Whistleblowers

As reported this week by Law360 (subscription required), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) recently issued a reminder (Regulatory Notice 14-40) warning firms against the use of confidentiality provisions in...more

Eighth Circuit Says Termination Made to Lower Health Care Costs Constitutes Age Discrimination

Under the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1993 Hazen Paper decision, employers that select employees for layoff using the date of vesting of their pensions based on years of service are not discriminating on the basis of age, even if...more

SDNY Dismisses Extraterritorial SOX and Dodd Frank Whistleblower Claims

Failing to heed a powerful message from the Second Circuit, overseas plaintiffs are continuing to seek to pursue SOX and Dodd-Frank whistleblower claims. On September 30, 2014, the Southern District of New York in Ulrich v....more

IRS Issues Final and Proposed Hybrid Plan Regulations

On September 19, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") released additional final regulations clarifying the rules regarding hybrid defined benefit pension plans. At the same time, the IRS also issued proposed regulations...more

FINRA Reminds Anti-Whistleblower Provisions Are Not Permitted in Settlement Agreements

FINRA has published a regulatory notice where it reminds firms that it is a violation of FINRA Rule 2010 (Standards of Commercial Honor and Principles of Trade) to include confidentiality provisions in settlement agreements...more

The Equal Credit Opportunity Act – a Sword and a Shield?

The year was 1974 and, on the heels of the civil rights movement, was a time when the country maintained its heightened awareness of equality and discrimination. This was the year that the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA)...more

Start Your Compliance Engines: CFPB Proposes Rule to Supervise Larger Nonbank Auto Finance Companies

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB” or “Bureau”) issued a proposed rule on September 17, 2014, that would empower the Bureau to supervise certain larger nonbank automobile finance companies. The CFPB proposed the...more

U.S. Supreme Court Grants Cert. (again) in FHA Disparate Impact Case

On October 2, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, et al. v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc., No. 13-1371, a case in which the Fifth Circuit became the first...more

Third Time's the Charm? Supreme Court Agrees Again To Hear FHA Disparate Impact Case

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed for the third time in recent history to decide whether disparate impact claims are cognizable under the Fair Housing Act (FHA). The Supreme Court granted the Texas Department of...more

FFIEC and CFPB Announce Updates To Web-Based HMDA Database And Tools

On September 22, the FFIEC announced an update to its online database for analyzing HMDA data and the CFPB announced updates to the agency’s corresponding HMDA tools. Originally launched in September 2013, the tool focuses on...more

U.S. Supreme Court grants certiorari (again) in FHA disparate impact case

Could the third time be the charm? Today, the U.S. Supreme Court granted the petition for certiorari filed in May 2014 by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (Texas DHCA) in Texas Department of Housing and...more

Should FIRREA Whistleblower Bounties Be Higher?

On Sept. 17, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder raised the prospect of amending FIRREA — the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989 — to increase its whistleblower awards with the goal of further...more

New York’s Attorney General Files Redlining Suit Against Bank

The New York Attorney General has charged a regional bank with engaging in illegal discrimination by intentionally ignoring predominantly African-American neighborhoods in Buffalo. ...more

LGBT-Friendly Senior Housing Planned for D.C.

This past weekend I attended an open house for Mary’s House for Older Adults, a pro bono client in northeast D.C. Mary’s House is the brainchild of Dr. Imani Woody, who plans to transform her childhood home into affordable...more

HUD Announces $35,000 Maternity Leave Fair Housing Agreement

On September 12, HUD announced a conciliation agreement with a Tennessee mortgage lender, pursuant to which the lender will pay $35,000 to resolve allegations that it violated the Fair Housing Act when it denied a mortgage...more

Eighth Circuit Opens Circuit Split on the Scope of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act

The Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) makes it unlawful for any creditor “to discriminate against any applicant, with respect to any aspect of a credit transaction . . . on the basis of . . . marital status.” The statute...more

CFPB may provide details on auto finance disparate impact methodology at tomorrow’s field hearing

Since the CFPB issued its guidance on indirect auto finance in March 2013, lawmakers and industry have been asking the CFPB to provide details concerning its methodology and proxies for analyzing potential fair lending...more

LIHTC discrimination suit filed against federal government

A lawsuit was recently filed alleging that the U.S. Department of Treasury (Treasury) and Office of Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) perpetuated racial segregation in the City of Dallas in their administration of the Low...more

Disparate impact cases against HUD: Illinois federal court issues decision; update on D.C. case

Because of their potential impact on the CFPB’s conclusion that the ECOA and Regulation B encompass disparate impact claims, we have been following two insurance industry lawsuits involving a challenge to HUD’s Federal...more

Treasury Department and OCC Sued for Discriminatory Conduct in LIHTC Program

A lawsuit was recently filed alleging that the U.S. Department of Treasury (Treasury) and Office of Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) perpetuated racial segregation in the City of Dallas in their administration of the Low...more

New York AG Sues Bank for Alleged Redlining

On September 2, the NY AG sued a regional bank claiming the bank engaged in unlawful discriminatory practices by intentionally avoiding offering mortgage loan products to predominately African-American neighborhoods in...more

Levick Monthly - September, 2014, Edition 14: GMO's: A Spoonful Of Sugar Helps The Medicine Go Down

In This Issue: - GMO's: A Spoonful Of Sugar Helps The Medicine Go Down - PUBLIC AFFAIRS - Campus Sexual Assault: Can Congress Compel Colleges To Act? - CORPORATE & REPUTATION - Police Militarization: The Problem...more

NY Attorney General Files Redlining Lawsuit Alleging Mortgage Discrimination

The New York Attorney General filed a complaint this week in a New York federal court against a national bank headquartered in the state and its holding company alleging that the defendants violated the federal Fair Housing...more

Africa Update - September 2014

In This Issue: - Leading the News - United States – Africa Relations - North Africa - East Africa - West Africa - Sub-Saharan Africa - General Africa News - Excerpt from...more

Do Guarantors Fall under the Protection of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act?

We have discussed the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (“ECOA”), which makes it unlawful for a creditor to discriminate against an applicant in any aspect of a credit transaction on the basis of, among other things, the...more

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