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Fenwick Employment Brief - March 2014

In February, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed the Fair Chance Ordinance, which limits when and to what extent employers can inquire into the criminal history of applicants and employees. The ordinance also...more

FHA Low Income Housing Tax Credit Pilot Program Revisions

In February 2012, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) launched the FHA Low Income Housing Tax Credit Pilot program under the mandate of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 for the...more

Social Media: Consumer Compliance Risk Management Guidance

On December 11, 2013, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) released final guidance (“Guidance”) on the applicability of consumer protection and compliance laws, regulations, and policies to...more

U.S. House of Representatives Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Examines Disparate Impact Theory in Fair Housing and...

On November 19, 2013, the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services conducted a hearing titled "A General Overview of Disparate Impact Theory." Under the...more

HUD Settlement Resolves Fair Housing Act Allegations

On November 5, HUD released a Conciliation Agreement with a lender alleged to have discriminated against African-American and Hispanic borrowers seeking mortgage loans. In an administrative complaint filed following a review...more

Special Alert: Settlement In Key Fair Housing Case Moves Forward, Supreme Court Unlikely To Hear Appeal

Last night, the Mount Holly, New Jersey Township Council voted to approve a settlement agreement that will resolve the underlying claims at issue in a closely watched Fair Housing Act (FHA) appeal pending before the U.S....more

HUD Clarifies FHA Loss Mitigation Requirements

On November 1, HUD issued Mortgagee Letter 2013-40, which clarifies requirements under FHA’s mandatory loss mitigation program and sets expectations for servicers engaging in loss mitigation during the foreclosure process....more

HUD Releases Draft Section Of Overhauled SF Handbook

On October 29, HUD released a draft section of its new FHA Single Family Housing Policy Handbook (SF Handbook). The draft section consolidates all FHA Single Family requirements — including content from hundreds of mortgagee...more

Tentative Settlement Reached in Disparate Impact Theory Suit

A tentative settlement has been reached in the case against a New Jersey township brought by a group of neighborhood residents challenging the township’s redevelopment plans based on the disparate impact theory. The township...more

Mount Holly settlement approved; dismissal of U.S. Supreme Court appeal to follow

As expected, the Mount Holly town council voted last night to approve the settlement in Township of Mount Holly v. Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, Inc. Coming just three weeks before the U.S. Supreme Court oral argument...more

Final Settlement In SCOTUS Fair Housing Case Delayed

On November 6, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that a final settlement to resolve the underlying claims at issue in Township of Mount Holly v. Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, Inc., No. 11-1507 — an appeal currently...more

Tentative Settlement Reached In SCOTUS Disparate Impact Case

On October 31, the Philadelphia Inquirer and national media outlets reported that a tentative agreement has been reached to resolve the underlying claims at issue in Township of Mount Holly, New Jersey, et al. v. Mt. Holly...more

New York Department of Financial Services Issues Emergency Regulations Revising Subprime Calculation

On September 30, 2013, the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) adopted emergency regulations revising the calculation for subprime loans and sent a letter to supervised institutions explaining the revisions. ...more

Mt. Holly Gardens files merits brief

Although settlement discussions are continuing, the respondents in Township of Mount Holly v. Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, Inc., filed their merits brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on October 21. (The Township’s...more

New Jersey Supreme Court Invalidates COAH’s Third Round Rules

Today, a divided Supreme Court of New Jersey invalidated the affordable housing rules adopted by the Council on Affordable Housing (“COAH”) in the case entitled In re Adoption of N.J.A.C. 5:94 and 5:95. The matter came before...more

Trade Groups File Amicus Brief In Disparate Impact Case

On September 3, industry trade groups filed amici curiae briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of petitioners in the case of Township of Mt. Holly v. Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, No. 11-1507. The briefs...more

Mount Holly case draws numerous amicus briefs supporting Township’s position

Thirteen amicus briefs have been filed in Township of Mount Holly v. Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, Inc., the case pending in the U.S. Supreme Court in which the question presented is whether disparate impact claims...more

Petitioners File Supreme Court Opening Brief In Fair Housing Act Case

On August 26, the petitioners in Township of Mount Holly v. Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, Inc. et al., No. 11-1507, filed their opening merits brief in the U.S. Supreme Court on the issue of whether disparate impact...more

Township of Mount Holly: The United States Supreme Court Considers Whether the Fair Housing Act Recognizes Disparate-Impact...

On September 3, 2013, K&L Gates LLP filed a brief as amici curiae before the United States Supreme Court in Township of Mount Holly v. Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, Inc., a case in which the Court will consider...more

Township of Mount Holly files opening brief in Supreme Court

Despite the pending settlement discussions, the Township of Mount Holly has filed its opening brief in the U.S. Supreme Court. The question presented in Township of Mount Holly v. Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, Inc. is...more

Disparate Impact Discrimination Remains in the Spotlight: Insurance Industry Trade Groups Challenge HUD’s Disparate Impact Rule

Two insurance industry trade groups, the American Insurance Association and the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies, recently filed suit against the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)...more

Congress Passes Reverse Mortgage Legislation; Senate Banking Committee Approves Broader FHA Reform Legislation

On July 30, the U.S. Senate passed by unanimous consent the Reverse Mortgage Stabilization Act, H.R. 2167. ...more

Rental Housing Mistake Limited the Number of Children at Properties

Recently, managers of rental homes settled with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) after the managers discriminated against a woman with several children by unlawfully denying housing to the family....more

New York Federal District Court Holds FHA Disparate Impact Claims Against Mortgage Securitizer Timely, ECOA Claims Time-Barred

On July 25, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York held that a putative class of African-American borrowers can pursue claims against a financial institution alleged to have financed and purchased...more

HUD Sets Stage For FCA Claims Against Fund Recipients

The Fair Housing Act requires agencies to administer their programs and activities relating to housing and urban development “affirmatively to further” fair housing. Recipients of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban...more

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