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Not Starry-Eyed: Massachusetts Imposes Rigorous Standard on Fair Housing Disparate Impact Claims in Burbank Apartments

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) recently answered the question of whether the Massachusetts anti-discrimination statute Chapter 151B recognizes a disparate impact theory of discrimination. In Burbank...more

Industry trade groups’ renewed challenge to HUD disparate impact rule could yield helpful precedent for ECOA cases

The D.C. district court recently granted two industry trade associations whose members sell homeowners insurance leave to file an amended complaint in their lawsuit challenging the Fair Housing Act (FHA) disparate impact rule...more

Massachusetts High Court Examines Disparate Impact Theory in Light of Recent Supreme Court Decision

A ruling last week by Massachusetts' highest state court demonstrates courts' vigorous examination of disparate impact housing claims in light of recent judicial guidance, as well as the type of proactive measures property...more

HUD Issues Guidance Regarding the Application of Fair Housing Act Standards to the Use of Criminal Records

On April 4, HUD issued guidance deploying a disparate impact analysis with respect to the Fair Housing Act’s application to the use of criminal history by those who come under the Fair Housing Act, and in particular by...more

HUD Releases Guidance on Criminal Background Checks by Housing Providers

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on April 4, 2016, issued guidance addressing Fair Housing Act liability regarding the use of criminal background checks or screenings in housing determinations....more

HUD Releases Guidance on Fair Housing and Criminal Screening in Private Housing

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued new guidance on April 4, 2016, on the use of criminal conviction records by housing providers in screening applicants. The guidance advises housing providers...more

HUD Determines That Blanket Bans of Ex-Offenders is Illegal Under the Fair Housing Act

On April 4, 2016, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) issued guidance on its interpretation of how the Fair Housing Act applies to housing providers’ policies that ban residents with criminal records....more

HUD publishes new Fair Housing guidance on criminal background checks

On Monday, HUD published new guidance for landlords conducting criminal background checks as a condition of renting housing. This guidance is applicable to all providers or operators of housing and real estate related...more

HUD Reaches $2.8 Million Settlement Over Redlining Allegations

On February 29, HUD announced an agreement with a Kansas City-based bank over its alleged redlining practices against African-American mortgage applicants. Two fair housing organizations (Complainants) filed separate...more

HUD Announces $1.9 Million Settlement with Memphis-Based Bank over Alleged FHA Discrimination

On February 1, HUD announced a $1.9 million settlement with a Memphis-based bank to resolve alleged violations of the Fair Housing Act. Specifically, the complainant alleged that the bank “was responsible for discriminatory...more

DOJ Reaches $145,000 Settlement Over Access of Emotional Support Animal to University Housing

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Kent State University (KSU) reached a $145,000 settlement over claims of discrimination under the Fair Housing Act (FHA) on January 4, 2016. In 2014, DOJ initiated a lawsuit against...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

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

HUD Proposes to "Formalize" Definitions of Harassment and Expand Fair Housing Act Liability

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has released a proposed rule that aims to "formalize standards for use in investigations and adjudications involving alleged harassment on the basis of race, color,...more

HUD Proposes “Quid Pro Quo” Rule to Amend FHA Regulations

On October 21, HUD announced a proposed rule that would formalize the standards for evaluating harassment claims in housing or housing-related transactions under the FHA. The rule – “Quid Pro Quo and Hostile Environment...more

HUD Publishes Withdrawal of Proposed Rule Limiting FHA Insurance Claim Period

On October 16, HUD’s FHA published a notice of partial withdrawal of its July 6 proposed rule to limit the time frame in which FHA-approved lenders must file insurance claims for benefits. The July 6 proposal would have...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

HUD Revises Its Notice to Occupants of Pending Acquisition

Effective November 1, 2015, all FHA-Approved Mortgagees and Single Family Servicing Managers (Mortgagee) must use the updated version of the Notice to Occupants of Pending Acquisition (NOPA). The Department of Housing and...more

HUD Charges Colorado Landlords with Violations of the Fair Housing Act

On October 7, HUD announced a September 24 Charge of Discrimination against a group of Colorado landlords for allegedly “steering” families with children to apartments located at the rear end of the apartment building, an...more

HUD, FDIC, and U.S. Attorney File Suit Against Mortgage Lending Companies

On September 28, HUD, the FDIC, and the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York filed suit against a non-profit housing counseling corporation and certain mortgage lenders for allegedly running a scheme to defraud...more

Owner of Mortgage Company Sentenced to Serve More Than 11 Years for Role in $64 Million Mortgage Fraud Operation

On September 24, the DOJ released a statement regarding the sentencing of the owner of a Florida mortgage company for allegedly organizing a mortgage fraud scheme. In July 2015, the owner, along with his business partner and...more

Financial Services Report, Fall 2015

BELTWAY - Straight Out of the Seventh Circuit The Seventh Circuit recently affirmed a lower court’s ruling that the SEC cannot be sued in district court to stop it from bringing an administrative action. Bebo v. SEC, No....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

FHA Solicits Public Comment on Proposed Information Collection for Its “Loan-Level” and “Lender-Level” Certifications

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) published two notices soliciting public comment on proposed information collection for its Single Family Loan Level Certification and Annual Certification on September 1, 2015....more

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