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DOJ Settles Action Alleging Bank Discriminated Against Disability Income Recipients

The U.S. Department of Justice recently entered into a consent order with Evolve Bank & Trust to settle charges that the bank discriminated against mortgage loan applicants on the basis of disability and receipt of public...more

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s New Rule for Compliance with the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act

This past October 15th, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced the purported finalization of its “new rule” for “updating the reporting requirements” under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act HMDA.” The point of the...more

How the Current Regulatory and Legal Landscapes Can Lead to Fair Lending Violations

The CFPB's website states, "Other regulators focus on the safety and soundness of the financial institutions first. The CFPB is the first to focus primarily on the American consumer." The CFPB's actions, however, may have the...more

Ninth Circuit Reverses ECOA Violation Ruling

In Gomez v. Quicken Loans, Inc., -- Fed Appx. --, 2015 WL 6655476 (9th Cir. Nov. 2, 2015), the Ninth Circuit reversed the district court's dismissal of the appellant's Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) claim that was based...more

Redlining Cases In 2015 And A New Discrimination Standard

Limited access to mortgage credit for credit-impaired and low- and moderate-income (and, therefore, disproportionately minority) borrowers has become a significant public policy challenge in the post-financial crisis era....more

Federal Agencies File Action Against Bank for Discriminatory Redlining

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the U.S. Department of Justice filed a complaint in New Jersey District Court against Hudson City Savings Bank, F.S.B., alleging it engaged in illegal redlining practices...more

Court holds lender justified to refuse mortgage switch

The County Court has held Southern Pacific Mortgage Limited did not breach the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 or the Equality Act 2010 when it refused to convert a repayment mortgage to an interest-only one at the request...more

DOJ Settles Fair Lending Claims Based on Bank’s Mortgage Pricing System

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced a proposed consent order with Sage Bank to settle charges that the bank violated the Fair Housing Act (FHA) and the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) by discriminating on...more

CFPB Supervisory Highlights 2012-2015

As an early “holiday gift,” to help you more easily search for a particular piece of guidance from the CFPB, we’ve put together two CFPB guidance documents for your review. The first is a compilation of all nine issues of the...more

Big Data, Big Government – Big Trouble? A Hard Look at the Final HMDA Rule

If all goes according to plan, financial institutions will report over 250 million data points related to mortgage loan applications and originations in 2018. If the mortgage market returns to the high volumes seen in 2005,...more

Inclusive Communities And Disparate Impact Under The Fair Housing Act

In its recent Inclusive Communities decision the Supreme Court held (5-4) that disparate impact claims are cognizable under the Fair Housing Act. The authors discuss disparate impact prior to the case, HUD’s disparate impact...more

Mortgage Lender Settles Disability-Based Discrimination Complaint

The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) has announced its successful negotiation of a “conciliation agreement” between the parties to a lawsuit alleging...more

Redlining and the joint action by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Department of Justice against Hudson City...

In this post, we’re going to examine the subject of redlining in the context of residential mortgage loans. We’re then going to turn our attention to the recent joint action by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau...more

CFPB Issues Final Rule to Improve Information About Access to Credit in the Mortgage Market

On October 15, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a final rule to implement amendments to the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) made by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection...more

Are Disparate Impact Claims Legally Cognizable Under ECOA?

In Texas Dep’t of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, 135 S. Ct. 2507 (2015), the Supreme Court held that disparate impact claims are legally cognizable under the Fair Housing Act (“FHA”). As a...more

CFPB and DOJ Announce Redlining Settlement

Consistent with recent indications from CFPB and Department of Justice officials that more redlining cases would soon be coming, the CFPB and DOJ have announced a proposed consent order with Hudson City Savings Bank to settle...more

Hudson City Savings Bank Reaches Largest Mortgage Redlining Settlement in DOJ History

The CFPB, DOJ, and Hudson City Savings Bank, F.S.B. (“Hudson City”) recently entered into the largest residential mortgage redlining settlement in DOJ history. On September 24, 2015, the parties filed a Joint Motion for Entry...more

CFPB and DOJ Fine Savings Association Over Alleged Mortgage Redlining Practices

On September 24, the CFPB and DOJ announced a joint enforcement action against a federally-chartered savings association, alleging that the lender excluded predominantly minority neighborhoods from its mortgage lending...more

CFPB Brings Long-Anticipated First Redlining Enforcement Action – New Approach to Redlining Analysis is put into Action

On September 24, 2015, the CFPB and DOJ announced a joint action against Hudson City Savings Bank for allegedly discriminatory redlining practices from 2009 through 2013 in certain neighborhoods in New York, New Jersey,...more

CFPB and DOJ announce redlining settlement

Consistent with recent indications from CFPB and Department of Justice officials that more redlining cases would soon be coming, the CFPB and DOJ have announced a proposed consent order with Hudson City Savings Bank to settle...more

CFPB and DOJ Announce Joint Action Against Hudson City Savings Bank, F.S.B.

On September 24, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a joint action against Hudson City Savings Bank, F.S.B. (Hudson). The complaint alleges that Hudson...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

New York AG Settles with Community Bank over Redlining Allegations

On September 10, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a settlement agreement with a New York-based community bank to resolve allegations that the bank engaged in discriminatory mortgage lending practices by...more

U.S. Attorney General Lynch: “More Determined Than Ever to Vigorously Enforce the Fair Housing Act”

On September 2, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch delivered remarks at HUD’s Fair Housing Policy Conference. In her remarks, Lynch stressed the importance of fair housing as being a primary driver “to access to employment,...more

Eleventh Circuit Further Widens the Reach of the Fair Housing Act

The city of Miami brought an action against multiple lenders claiming their practices were discriminatory and in violation of the FHA, resulting in a disproportionate and excessive number of defaults and subsequent...more

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