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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

Housing Discrimination Claims Given Boost By Supreme Court

Today, by a 5-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the federal Fair Housing Act (FHA) encompasses claims of disparate-impact discrimination. This decision, which marks the first time that the Supreme Court addressed this...more

Fair Housing Act Prohibits Policies and Practices Causing a Disparate Impact - Housing Policies and Practices Must Be "Necessary...

On June 25, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court held that individuals and groups can challenge housing policies or practices that have a disproportionate adverse effect on protected classes (i.e., a disparate impact) – even if there...more

Supreme Court upholds ‘disparate impact’ under the FHA but emphasizes that claims cannot rely on statistics alone

In a much-anticipated decision, the U.S. Supreme Court held in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project (“Inclusive Communities”) that claims of disparate impact discrimination are...more

Supreme Court Decides Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc.

On June 25, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc., No. 13-1371, holding that a disparate-impact claim is cognizable under the Fair...more

Supreme Court Upholds Use of Disparate Impact in FHA Claims

In a decision certain to have major repercussions for the banking industry, the Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the use of disparate impact theories of liability – that is, suits that claim a law or practice has a...more

US Supreme Court Upholds Use of Disparate Impact Claims in Fair Lending Enforcement

The US Supreme Court finally weighed in today on whether the disparate impact theory may be used to prove housing discrimination and ruled that such claims are viable under the Fair Housing Act (FHA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 3601 et...more

Proposed New Legislation Would Extend CFPB Oversight Over SCRA

On June 11, 2015, Sen. Jack Reed [D-RI] introduced a bill amending the Consumer Financial Protection Act to extend CFPB oversight and protection to include key provisions of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA). The...more

Federal Financial Regulatory Agencies Release Final Diversity Standards

After lengthy consideration, six federal financial regulatory agencies—the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Federal Reserve Board of Governors, Federal Deposit Insurance...more

CFPB Continues Crackdown on Fair Lending: Marketing Materials Targeted

In a recent guidance bulletin, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau reminded mortgage lenders to heed their Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) obligations when considering applicants receiving public assistance income....more

U.S. House Passes Amendment To Ban DOJ’s Use of Disparate Impact Claims

On June 3, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment to H.R. 2578, the Fiscal Year 2016 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Act. The amendment, passed in a 232-196 vote, would prohibit the DOJ from using...more

HUD Obtains $200 Million in Community Investment to Resolve Redlining Allegations against Midwest Mortgage Lender

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) reached a settlement agreement with Associated Bank concerning allegations that the Bank violated Section 804(b) of the Fair Housing Act. According to the...more

CFPB and DOJ Settle With Mortgage Lender for Alleged Discriminatory Mortgage Pricing

On May 28, the CFPB, along with the DOJ, filed a joint complaint against a California-based mortgage lender alleging that the lender violated the Equal Credit Opportunity Act by engaging in a pattern or practice of...more

HUD Reaches $200 Million Settlement Over Redlining Allegations

On May 26, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced that it entered into a conciliation agreement with a Wisconsin-based bank to resolve claims that, from 2008 to 2010, the bank discriminated on the...more

House approves amendment prohibiting use of appropriated funds for DOJ disparate impact litigation under the FHA

Yesterday, the House of Representatives approved an amendment to H.R. 2578, the Fiscal Year 2016 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Act, that would bar the use of appropriated funds by the Department of Justice to...more

CFPB and DOJ File Action Against Provident Funding Alleging Discriminatory Lending Policies and Practices

Last week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB, or “Bureau”), together with the Department of Justice (DOJ), filed an enforcement action against Provident Funding Associates, L.P. (Provident), the second-largest...more

CFPB, DOJ Join in Fair Lending Enforcement Action Against Provident

On Thursday, the CFPB and the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a joint complaint against the second-largest private mortgage company in the United States alleging it engaged in discriminatory lending practices from 2006 to...more

CFPB and DOJ announce settlement with mortgage lender charged with discriminatory broker compensation policy

The CFPB announced last week that, together with the Department of Justice (DOJ), it had entered into a proposed consent order with Provident Funding Associates, a wholesale mortgage lender, to settle charges that Provident...more

CFPB Reminds Mortgage Lenders to Include Section 8 Income

On May 11, the CFPB issued Bulletin 2015-02, reminding creditors to include income from the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Homeownership Program when underwriting mortgage loans. Within the Bulletin, the Bureau noted...more

National Non-Profit Fair Housing Organization Files Complaint Against Fannie Mae Alleging Racial Discrimination

On May 12, 2015, the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) and 19 local fair housing organizations (collectively, the “Complainants”) filed a fair housing discrimination complaint with the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban...more

CFPB Issues Compliance Bulletin on Unlawful Discrimination Based on Receipt of Mortgage Assistance

In a new compliance bulletin (Bulletin 2015-02), the CFPB “reminds” creditors of their obligation not to discriminate against applicants because their income includes vouchers from the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)...more

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