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Some Thoughts on Advertising and Fair Housing

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Advertising your property is a good way to get apartments filled. But marketing a community can create a handful of fair housing challenges concerning the use of advertising. First, remember that advertising is covered under...more

HUD Resolves Allegations of Discrimination Against California Lenders

by Goodwin on

?On April 19, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that it had entered an agreement with a group of California mortgage lenders to resolve allegations that they discriminated against a mortgage...more

Colorado District Court Issues Landmark Decision Holding that the Fair Housing Act Prohibits Discrimination Based on Sexual...

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

In a recent landmark decision, Colorado District Court Judge Raymond Moore ruled that the Federal Fair Housing Act’s prohibition against housing discrimination includes discrimination against LGBT people. The decision was...more

Federal Court Concludes That LGBT Individuals Are Covered By The Fair Housing Act

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Back-to-back posts concerning the Fair Housing Act (FHA) and federal courts. Last week, in what I believe is another decision of first impression, a federal district court judge in Colorado concluded that the FHA prohibits...more

Does a Fair Housing Act Claim Survive the Death of a Party Raising the Claim? A Federal Appellate Court Says Yes.

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In a case of first impression (at least as far as I can tell), in an opinion issued last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit evaluated (and answered) the question of whether a Fair Housing Act (FHA) claim...more

Mortgage Lender Settles with HUD for Allegedly Making FHA Mortgage Loan Payments on Behalf of Borrowers

by Goodwin on

On February 7, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, the Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the Inspector General for the Federal Deposit Insurance...more

Facebook Unfriends Policy Allowing for Exclusion of Certain Racial and Ethnic Groups in Housing, Credit, and Employment...

by Butler Snow LLP on

The social network giant, Facebook—amid criticism and a push from public figures and congressional leaders—announced that the site would no longer allow advertisers to exclude specific racial and ethnic groups in the areas of...more

"2016-17 Supreme Court Update"

In a season of political surprises, the eight-member U.S. Supreme Court has stirred no controversy with its decisions so far this term. The handful of opinions the Court released in the fall were unanimous and, for the most...more

Community banks trade group asks Trump Administration to curb fair lending enforcement

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Independent Community Bankers of America issued a statement calling on the Trump administration “to rein in the overzealous application of fair lending laws.” ICBA stated that community banks are threatened by a recent...more

DOJ Files Redlining Lawsuit Against KleinBank

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently commenced a redlining lawsuit against KleinBank, a state-chartered Minnesota bank subject to the regulatory authority of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). The...more

Republican members of House Financial Services Committee release new report on CFPB’s auto finance actions

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Republican members of the House Financial Services Committee recently released a report, prepared by the Republican Staff of the Committee, titled “Unsafe at Any Bureaucracy, Part III: The CFPB’s Vitiated Legal Case Against...more

DOJ Settles Mortgage Discrimination Lawsuit Against National Bank for $54 Million

by Goodwin on

On January 20, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (USAO) announced that it had settled a recently-filed lawsuit against a national bank, resolving allegations of mortgage discrimination. As...more

DOJ Files Lawsuit Against National Bank Alleging Mortgage Discrimination

by Goodwin on

On January 18, 2017, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (USAO) filed a lawsuit against a national bank, alleging that the bank had engaged in a years-long practice of racial discrimination in...more

Algorithms and bias: What lenders need to know

by White & Case LLP on

The algorithms that power fintech may discriminate in ways that can be difficult to anticipate—and financial institutions can be held accountable even when alleged discrimination is clearly unintentional....more

DOJ Files Lawsuit Against Minnesota Bank Over Alleged Minority Redlining Practices

by Goodwin on

On January 13, 2017, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced that it had filed a lawsuit against a Minnesota bank, stemming from allegations that the bank engaged in illegal “redlining” of minority neighborhoods in the...more

Financial Services Weekly News - January 2017

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Editor's Note - In This Issue. The NYDFS revised its proposed cybersecurity regulations, the FDIC sought comment on its new de novo bank deposit insurance handbook, federal banking agencies finalized streamlined call...more

DOJ Files Consent Order Against Union Savings Bank, Guardian Savings Bank

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed a consent order against Union Savings Bank and Guardian Savings Bank to resolve redlining allegations. The complaint alleges that the banks violated the Fair Housing Act (FHA)...more

The Changing Landscape of Housing Admissions for Landlords: Life in the Wake of the April 4, 2016 OGC Guidance

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The message from HUD is certainly confusing: don't discriminate, but use your discretion. It is enough to strike fear into the heart (and liability insurer) of even a seasoned property owner and manager. The common advice to...more

National Mortgage Lender Settles False Claims Act Allegations for $48 Million

by Goodwin on

On December 28, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a $48 million settlement with a national mortgage lender, resolving allegations that the lender violated the False Claims Act by underwriting and endorsing...more

DOJ Settles with Ohio Banks Over Alleged Lending Discrimination

by Goodwin on

On December 28, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it filed a complaint against, and entered a consent order with, two Ohio-based banks, resolving allegations that the banks had violated the Fair Housing Act...more

How HUD Secretary Carson Might Affect Mortgage Lenders

President-elect Donald Trump’s recent decision to nominate Dr. Ben Carson as Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) carries potential implications for mortgage lenders. In accord with Trump’s...more

Departments of Justice and Housing and Urban Development Release Updated Fair Housing Act Guidance on State and Local Land Use...

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Jointly responsible for enforcing the federal Fair Housing Act (“FHA”), the U.S. Departments of Justice and Housing and Urban Development (“the Departments”) have issued numerous guidance documents and policy statements to...more

Reaction to Uncertainty in Affordable Housing Industry Brought on by Trump Election

The 2016 Election has created more questions than answers for the affordable housing industry. Very little is known about President-elect Trump's vision for affordable housing. On one hand, Mr. Trump has described himself as...more

Jury Issues $92 Million Verdict Under the False Claims Act Against Mortgage Companies and CEO

by Goodwin on

On November 30, 2016, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas announced that a federal jury in the Southern District of Texas issued a verdict finding several related mortgage companies and their CEO liable in...more

HUD Issues Final Rule on Unlawful Hostile Environment and Quid Pro Quo Harassment

by Clark Hill PLC on

On September 14, 2016, the Department of Housing and Urban Development ("HUD") issued a final rule, "Quid Pro Quo and Hostile Environment Harassment and Liability for Discriminatory Housing Practices under the Fair Housing...more

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