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BuckleySandler LLP: Housing Group Plans Fair Housing Act Complaints
Posted on 16 Apr 2012 by Andrea Lee Negroni

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 ... Read More

Feds File Housing Discrimination Lawsuit Against Predominately Caucasian Long Island Town For Encouraging Developers To Award Housing To Residents
Posted on 30 Apr 2014 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

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... Read More

Fishing Hole Fight Fails To State Claim For Harassment And Discrimination
Posted on 27 Aug 2015 by Peter J. Gallagher

A morning out fishing on the lake ended up in a lawsuit between two residents of a gated community. In Chrzanowski v. Harriz, [subscribers can access an enhanced version of this opinion: lexis.com | Lexis Advance ], plaintiff and defendant were both members... Read More

Wells Fargo Bank To Pay $175M To Settle Mortgage Discrimination Claims
Posted on 13 Jul 2012 by LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Legal News

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... Read More

Ballard Spahr LLP: HUD Issues Final ‘Discriminatory Effects’ Rule
Posted on 13 Feb 2013 by Ballard Spahr LLP

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... Read More

Ballard Spahr LLP: District of Columbia Launches Fair Housing Enforcement Campaign
Posted on 14 Aug 2012 by Ballard Spahr LLP

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... Read More

Real Cases in Real Estate By Andrea Lee Negroni, Esq. – May 28, 2014 Update
Posted on 29 May 2014 by Andrea Lee Negroni

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... Read More

Ballard Spahr LLP: Mortgage Insurer Settles DOJ Discrimination Suit
Posted on 18 May 2012 by Ballard Spahr LLP

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... Read More

Real Cases in Real Estate by Andrea Lee Negroni, Esq. – January 18th Update
Posted on 17 Jan 2011 by Andrea Lee Negroni

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... Read More

Federal Court Civil Rights Settlement Creates More Accessible Housing Opportunities
Posted on 2 Sep 2014 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

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... Read More

HUD Issues Proposed Rule for Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing
Posted on 2 Aug 2013 by Ballard Spahr LLP

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... Read More

Banks Previously Sued in Title III ADA Class Action Lawsuits Now Getting Sued Again in Second Wave of Accessibility Lawsuits
Posted on 1 Apr 2014 by Duane Morris LLP

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... Read More

Asking “Where Are You From?” Results In $60,000 Rental Discrimination Penalty
Posted on 25 Mar 2014 by Vetstein Law Group, P.C.

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?”... Read More

Ballard Spahr Legal Alert: Rental Housing Mistake Limited the Number of Children at Properties
Posted on 15 Aug 2013 by Ballard Spahr LLP

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... Read More

SCOTUS Recognizes Disparate Impact Liability Under Fair Housing Act, But With Limitations
Posted on 3 Sep 2015 by Vetstein Law Group, P.C.

Fair Housing Advocates Get Major Victory at U.S. Supreme Court While everyone in America was focused on the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic marriage equality ruling, at the end of its Term, the Court also issued an important opinion under federal... Read More