Real Cases in Real Estate by Andrea Lee Negroni, Esq. – January 18th Update

Real Cases in Real Estate is a weekly update on real estate law, with legal principles illustrated and explained by lawsuits from around the country. The topics are wide-ranging for appeal to a broad spectrum of readers including lawyers, homeowners, investors and the general public. Andrea Lee...

BuckleySandler LLP: HUD Challenges Pregnancy Discrimination in Home Mortgage Lending

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/infobytes/issues/infobytes_june_10_2011/ On June 1, 2011, HUD announced a settlement agreement...

Ballard Spahr LLP: ‘Testers’ Target Maryland Landlords for Possible Race Bias in Rentals

By Michael W. Skojec A recent federal lawsuit brought by a Maryland equal housing advocacy group should serve as a warning to owners of apartment complexes in counties across the State of Maryland that they, too, may soon be secretly investigated for possible bias in the handling of rental inquiries...

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...

Wells Fargo Bank To Pay $175M To Settle Mortgage Discrimination Claims

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealeys) In what the U.S. Department of Justice is calling the second largest fair lending settlement in the department's history, Wells Fargo Bank NA today agreed to pay more than $175 million to settle claims in a District of Columbia federal court that it discriminated...

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...

Ballard Spahr LLP: HUD Issues Final ‘Discriminatory Effects’ Rule

By the Consumer Financial Services and Mortgage Banking Groups The Department of Housing and Urban Development has issued a final rule that provides that if a practice has a "discriminatory effect," HUD or a private plaintiff can establish liability under the Fair Housing Act (FHA), even...

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...

Real Cases in Real Estate By Andrea Lee Negroni, Esq. – March 5, 2014 Update

Updates for the Week of March 5, 2014 A prison is not a residence for purposes of the Iowa Civil Rights Act’s prohibition of housing discrimination . Inmate Melissa Renda complained to the Iowa Civil Rights Commission that after she filed charges of sex discrimination in the facility, she...

Asking “Where Are You From?” Results In $60,000 Rental Discrimination Penalty

Innocent Small Talk Apparently Illegal, According to Boston Fair Housing Commission. The seemingly innocent question posed by a Boston rental agent to Gladys Linder when they were searching for an apartment was “Where are you from?” “Venezuela,” she answered. Gladys...

Feds Sue Major NYC Developers To Remedy Pattern/Practice Of Inaccessible Design And Construction Of Apartment Buildings

The United States has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit in federal court alleging that Related Companies, Inc. (“Related”), a major real estate developer based in New York City, has engaged in a pattern and practice of developing rental apartment buildings that are inaccessible to persons...

Banks Previously Sued in Title III ADA Class Action Lawsuits Now Getting Sued Again in Second Wave of Accessibility Lawsuits

A Pittsburgh-based law firm, which has filed more than 100 class action lawsuits under Title III of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) in federal district courts throughout the United States against banks on behalf of a plaintiff who alleged that the banks' ATMs were inaccessible, has picked...

Feds File Housing Discrimination Lawsuit Against Predominately Caucasian Long Island Town For Encouraging Developers To Award Housing To Residents

The United States Department of Justice has commenced an action against the Town of Oyster Bay on Long Island for violating the Fair Housing Act, 42 U.S.C. § 3601 et seq., [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ]. In its complaint, the United States alleges that two housing programs...

Real Cases in Real Estate By Andrea Lee Negroni, Esq. – May 28, 2014 Update

Updates for the Week of May 28, 2014 Did the Landlord Discriminate Against a Disabled Tenant by Refusing to Terminate His Lease Early ? Colleen and David rented an apartment in Virginia for $1900 a month with a $1900 advance security deposit. About 7 months into their one year lease, David was...