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U.S. Supreme Court hears disparate impact case

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in a case which questioned whether the Fair Housing Act (FHA) allows for a disparate impact theory of liability. The disparate impact theory of liability is one in which a…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Real Estate - Residential

Third Time Is the Charm: U.S. Supreme Court Hears Argument in Disparate Impact Case

The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard oral argument in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc.—the case presenting the issue of whether disparate impact claims are cognizable…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Real Estate - Residential

CFPB issues compliance bulletin on treatment of confidential supervisory information

In a new compliance bulletin (2015-01), the CFPB reminds supervised financial institutions, including nonbanks, of their obligations regarding the disclosure of confidential supervisory information (CSI)…more
| Administrative Law, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

Michigan Exempts Loss Mitigation Specialists from MLO Licensing

Michigan has updated its mortgage loan originator (MLO) licensing provisions to expressly exempt from licensure certain individuals involved in loss mitigation and modification services. The revision makes Michigan law…more
| Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Residential

CFPB issues report on financial well-being

A new CFPB report entitled “Financial well-being: The goal of financial education” describes the CFPB’s initial research into how people acquire financial capability. The CFPB states in the report that it undertook the…more
| Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

White House Task Force on Sexual Assault Advises Colleges on Working with Law Enforcement

In its April 2014 report, the White House Task Force to Protect Students From Sexual Assault promised to release a sample Memorandum of Understanding to provide guidance to institutions of higher education that wish to increase…more
| Criminal Law, Education, Personal Injury

Financial Services Roundtable and CFPB join forces in financial education initiative

The Financial Services Roundtable and CFPB are joining forces in a nationwide public-private initiative to promote effective financial education. According to an announcement posted on the Roundtable’s website, the CFPB and…more
| Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

NY Attorney General To Propose Bill To Strengthen Cybersecurity

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is proposing an "overhaul [of] New York's data security law [that would] require new and unprecedented safeguards for the personal data of consumers." The proposal would create new…more
| Consumer Protection, Privacy, Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

HUD RAD team conducts focus group sessions with stakeholders

Today, HUD hosted a focus group of nearly a dozen key stakeholders to gain insights about the RAD process. I had the opportunity to participate in the sessions along with housing authority representatives, lenders, investors,…more
| Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Residential

Diversity Reports at Two Federal Agencies Offer Glimpse of Regulatory Review under Impending Dodd-Frank Diversity Standards

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank), signed by President Obama in 2010 in response to the financial crisis, includes a provision intended to remedy racial and gender discrepancies at…more
| Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Update on state AGs/regulator lawsuits using Dodd-Frank authority

Below is an update on the lawsuits we have been following that state attorneys general and a state regulator have brought using their Dodd-Frank enforcement authority. Under Dodd-Frank Section 1042, a state AG or regulator is…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection, Real Estate - Residential, Securities Law

FTC Announces Settlement with Online Payday Lenders

The Federal Trade Commission recently announced a settlement with two online payday lenders to resolve charges that they violated the FTC Act, the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), and the Electronic Fund Transfer Act (EFTA). The…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Civil Procedure, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection, Indigenous Peoples

CFPB Report Explores Consumers’ Mortgage Shopping Experience

In a report released on January 13, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced that nearly half of consumers do not shop among multiple lenders before applying for a mortgage loan. Even fewer—about one of every…more
| Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection, Real Estate - Residential

President Obama’s 2015 Priorities Include Cybersecurity

During his recent State of the Union address, President Obama called on Congress “to finally pass the legislation we need to better meet the evolving threat of cyber attacks, combat identity theft, and protect our children’s…more
| Communications & Media Law, Energy & Utilities, Privacy, Consumer Protection, Science, Computers, & Technology

Investment Management Update

SEC’s Focus in 2015 - On December 11, 2014, Mary Jo White, Chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), gave a speech at The New York Times DealBook Opportunities for Tomorrow Conference that highlighted…more
| Finance & Banking, Securities Law
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