EVENTS: John Marshall Law School in Chicago - Real Estate Center Program & CLE (Sept. 15) and Fair Housing/Fair Lending: New Developments in American and International Law (October 1 – 2)

Real Estate Center Program & CLE "Effect of LEED Ratings and Certification Levels on Office Building Values - National & Local Trends" Wednesday, September 15, 2010 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. Registration Coming Soon! Fair Housing/Fair Lending: New Developments in American...

Reasonable Accommodations in Assisted Living: Crafting Effective Requests to Promote Housing Choice

By Melissa Morris and Kim Pederson* * Senior Attorneys - Fair Housing Law Project Excerpt from Reasonable Accommodations in Assisted Living: Crafting Effective Requests to Promote Housing Choice , 44 Clearinghouse Rev. 518 (March / April, 2011) Nearly one million Americans live in state...

Sutherland Legal Alert: Supreme Court to Decide Fair Housing Act “Disparate Impact” Case with Broader Fair Lending Implications

By Tom Byrne , Valerie Sanders , and Dan Schlueter On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to decide whether "disparate impact" discrimination claims are cognizable under the federal Fair Housing Act (FHA) and, if so, how such claims should be analyzed. The Court's decision, expected...

Ballard Spahr LLP: Dismissal of Fair Housing Case Perpetuates Uncertainty on Disparate Impact Claims

By the Consumer Financial Services Group On February 10, the parties to Magner v. Gallagher agreed to the dismissal of the case before the U.S. Supreme Court, after all briefing was complete and less than three weeks before the scheduled oral argument. The dismissal of the case means that an important...

BuckleySandler LLP: Housing Group Plans Fair Housing Act Complaints

Excerpted from Infobytes , a weekly electronic newsletter on developments in financial services law from BuckleySandler LLP . For the full issue of Infobytes , click here: http://www.buckleysandler.com/infobyte-detail/infobytes-april-6-2012 The National Fair Housing Alliance plans to challenge...

Ballard Spahr LLP: Mortgage Insurer Settles DOJ Discrimination Suit

By members of the Consumer Financial Services Group The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced the settlement of a Fair Housing Act lawsuit against the Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation (MGIC), which the DOJ described as "the department's first involving discrimination against...

Ballard Spahr LLP: Disparate Impact Under Fair Housing Act Returns to Supreme Court

By the Consumer Financial Services Group The U.S. Supreme Court lost its opportunity to decide this term whether disparate impact claims are available under the Fair Housing Act, but the question may be on the Court's docket next year now that a New Jersey township has filed a petition for certiorari...

Ballard Spahr LLP: District of Columbia Launches Fair Housing Enforcement Campaign

By Michael W. Skojec and Claire Ana-Perot McLamore The Office of Human Rights for the District of Columbia recently announced a new advertising campaign to educate residents about anti-discrimination laws related to housing. The campaign seeks to expand awareness and educate residents about their...

HUD Issues Proposed Rule for Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released a proposed rule for complying with the Fair Housing Act’s requirement that HUD program participants affirmatively further fair housing. HUD currently requires local governments, states, and public housing authorities that receive...

Ballard Spahr Legal Alert: Rental Housing Mistake Limited the Number of Children at Properties

By Michael W. Skojec and Claire Ana-Perot Tracey, Ballard Spahr LLP 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. As part of the settlement, the...

After Settlement of Housing Discrimination Disparate Impact Claim, Federal Efforts to Reform Auto Lending Based on Disparate Impact Theory Gain Steam

By David N. Anthony , John C. Lynch , Alan D. Wingfield , Michael E. Lacy , Paige S. Fitzgerald , and Nicholas R. Klaiber Few U.S. Supreme Court consumer protection cases over the past year were as closely watched and anxiously anticipated as Mount Holly v. Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens in Action...

Federal Court Civil Rights Settlement Creates More Accessible Housing Opportunities

Building Developer Agrees to Accessibility Retrofits, Additional Inspections, and Fund to Compensate Aggrieved Persons; Suit Against Architect Goes Forward The United States Departmentg of Justice has agreed to a settlement by consent decree of a federal civil rights lawsuit in Manhattan federal...