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CRA Ratings Review Gets Update From OCC

In a new bulletin, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) outlined its updated “policy and framework for determining the effect of evidence of discriminatory or other illegal credit practices” on the Community...more

GAO determination that leveraged lending guidance is subject to CRA could foreshadow similar fate for CFPB indirect auto finance...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In May 2017, we blogged about press reports that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) had accepted a request from Senator Patrick Toomey for a determination concerning whether the CFPB Bulletin 2013-02, titled “Indirect...more

Debtor’s Actions Immediately After Default Doom Time Barred ECOA Claim

An unpublished opinion from the Sixth Circuit provides a useful application of the statute of limitations to bar a debtor’s claims under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1691e (“ECOA”). In Guy v. Mercantile Bank...more

Court Holds that Receiving an Updated Background Report May Require a Second Pre-Adverse Action Notice

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In the last three years, employers have seen a sharp increase in the number of employment class actions under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Most of the reported cases involve challenges to the...more

UPDATE: California Federal Court Permits Former Bank Internal Auditor’s Whistleblower Claims to Proceed

A California federal court—in Erhart v. BofI Holding, Inc., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 14755, Case No. 15-cv-02287 (S.D. Cal. Sept. 11, 2017)—recently denied BofI Federal Bank’s (“BofI’s”) motion to dismiss the Sarbanes-Oxley...more

CFPB Finalizes Alignment of Regulations B and C on Consumer Ethnicity and Race Information

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On September 21, the CFPB finalized its proposal to amend Regulation B requirements related to collection of consumer ethnicity and race information, in order to resolve the differences between Regulation B and revised...more

NYC Pension Funds Set Their Sights on Board Diversity

by Jones Day on

The Background: The NYC Pension Funds, which led the largely successful campaign to implement proxy access rights across corporate America, have launched a new crusade to improve the diversity of corporate boards....more

DOJ Issues Annual Report To Congress On 2016 ECOA/FHA/SCRA Enforcement Activities

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division has issued its annual report to Congress regarding its activities to enforce the ECOA, FHA and SCRA. The report covers 2016 activities that would have taken place under the...more

Background Checks: Fair Credit Reporting Act Compliance

Employees – and unsuccessful applicants for employment – are increasingly asserting claims under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) for violations arising out of background checks conducted by third party credit reporting...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Q2 saw US growth hit the 3% mark for the first time in two years, besting last quarter’s lackluster showing by almost 2%. The report helped boost stocks across the board....more

Chris Lazarini Comments on Direct vs. Circumstantial Evidence in Discrimination Case

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini commented on a case in which a former financial advisor of JPMS claimed his employment was terminated based on racial discrimination. Through application of the three-part burden...more

Background Checks: Fair Credit Reporting Act Compliance

Employees – and unsuccessful applicants for employment – are increasingly asserting claims under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) for violations arising out of background checks conducted by third party credit reporting...more

Ninth Circuit in Spokeo: Inaccurate Consumer Reports Support Standing in FCRA Cases

by Fenwick & West LLP on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that allegations that Spokeo Inc. published an inaccurate consumer report in violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act established a concrete injury sufficient to confer...more

Ninth Circuit: Procedural Violations Can Meet Standing Test

by Carlton Fields on

This week the Ninth Circuit offered plaintiffs who wish to bring both individual and class actions a potentially broad path to establish Article III standing based on mere allegations of procedural statutory violations. In...more

Seventh and Ninth Circuit Decisions Provide Guidance on the Concrete Injury Analysis Required Under Spokeo

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

While some defendants will view the Spokeo II decision as lowering the bar for standing, the recognition in Spokeo II and Groshek that a statutory violation alone does not automatically satisfy the concrete injury requirement...more

John Skvarla on the Strength of North Carolina Commerce

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

In May, North Carolina won Site Selection magazine’s 2017 Prosperity Cup, earning recognition once again for its economic appeal and ability to attract new investments while offering a climate that supports growth. On the...more

DOJ amicus brief in employment discrimination case undermines CFPB position on ECOA protection for sexual orientation

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Department of Justice has filed an amicus brief in a case pending before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit that presents the question of whether the prohibition on employment discrimination on the basis of...more

Report: African-American home ownership lagging behind white counterparts

by GableGotwals on

Lauren and Brandon Oldham didn’t want to leap blindly into homeownership. So they took a series of baby steps over several years, contemplating how best to prepare themselves for the biggest financial commitment of their...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Lack of workable replacement (so far, at least) be damned—the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority has announced that [the scandal-plagued] Libor will be phased out by 2021 in favor of “transaction-based benchmarks”....more

Same-sex survivors' pensions - exemption for pre-2005 service invalid

by Hogan Lovells on

The Supreme Court in Walker v Innospec Limited, overturning the Court of Appeal, has decided that the exemption for service prior to December 2005 from the requirement for occupational pension schemes to give survivors'...more

Lawmaker Investigates Small-Business Fintech Lending

Expressing concern about potential discrimination, one federal lawmaker has decided to take a closer look at small-business financial technology lending, sending letters to several fintechs with a series of questions....more

A Review of Recent Whistleblower Developments

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Whistleblower Developments is a periodic report covering significant cases, decisions, proposals, and legislation related to whistleblower statutes and how they may impact your business. ...more

E.D. Pennsylvania Dismisses Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Claim After Plaintiff Fails to Qualify as a Whistleblower

On July 6, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania dismissed a whistleblower claim after determining that the plaintiff did not qualify as a whistleblower under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform...more

Advertising Law - July 2017

Court Rules That ADA Applies to Website - In what is believed to be the first court to hold a trial on the applicability of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to a retailer’s website, a federal court judge in...more

Supreme Court to Decide Circuit Split on Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Protection

In late June, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in Digital Realty Trust Inc. v. Paul Somers, No. 16-1276, to review whether Dodd-Frank whistleblower protection applies to employees who only report securities law violations...more

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