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Supreme Court to Hear ‘Disparate Impact’ Housing Case

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to decide whether people suing for housing discrimination must prove they were victims of intentional bias, in a case that may give long-sought protection to the lending industry. The justices today said they will hear …

Supreme Court May Get ‘Disparate Impact’ Housing Case

It’s not easy to prevent the Supreme Court from deciding an issue once the justices have agreed to hear a case. But over the past two years, civil rights advocates have managed to do just that by coaxing settlements in …

Lenders Miss Chance as U.S. High Court Housing-Bias Case Settles

The settlement of a New Jersey housing-bias lawsuit scuttles a U.S. Supreme Court showdown that might have shielded lenders from discrimination suits pressed by the Obama administration. The Supreme Court had been set to hear arguments next month in the …

Commentary: Will HUD’s Disparate Impact Rule Have Say in Ratemaking?

Despite the McCarran-Ferguson Act, which reserved the regulation of the “business of insurance” to the states, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has given itself the ability to upset and invalidate long-standing underwriting and ratemaking practices for homeowners’ …

Supreme Court Lets Black Brokers’ Bias Case Against Merrill Proceed

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to consider an appeal by Bank of America Corp.’s Merrill Lynch unit of a ruling that allowed black brokers who accused it of bias to pursue their lawsuit as a class action. Without comment, the …