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Finally! Financial Crisis Explained in Government Report Issued January 27, 2011 Analyzing Factors in Crisis, Including Housing

A federal law attempting to prevent discrimination against credit applicants based on neighborhoods rather than creditworthiness was not a significant factor in the financial crisis of 2008. A new study makes that conclusion ( see Attempt to Solve Redlining - with CRA -- Was Not the Problem below...

Finally! Financial Crisis Explained in Government Report Issued January 27, 2011 Analyzing Factors in Crisis, Including Housing

A federal law attempting to prevent discrimination against credit applicants based on neighborhoods rather than creditworthiness was not a significant factor in the financial crisis of 2008. A new study makes that conclusion ( see Attempt to Solve Redlining - with CRA -- Was Not the Problem below...

Duane Morris LLP: New California Law Prohibits Genetic Discrimination and Can Result in Significant Damages If Violated

New Law Applicable to Housing and Mortgage Lending On September 6, 2011, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law the California Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (CalGINA), which will take effect on January 1, 2012. CalGINA amends anti-discrimination laws already in effect to prohibit...

Ballard Spahr LLP: HUD Rule Targets Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination by FHA Lenders

By the Consumer Financial Services Group To combat discrimination in its programs based on sexual orientation or gender identity, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development published a final rule on February 3, 2012, that includes new prohibitions directed at FHA lenders. The rule, which...

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...

Vetstein Law Group: Worcester Catholic Church Pulled Out of Mansion Sale To Prevent Gay Marriages, Lawsuit Says

By Richard D. Vetstein, ESQ Worcester Diocese Allegedly Pulled Out of Deal Over Possibility Of Gay Marriages at Mansion James Fairbanks and Alain Beret, married business partners from Sutton, had been searching for the perfect property for nearly two years when they discovered Oakhurst, an aging...

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...

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...