Fair Housing Act News

Supreme Court Issues Mixed Rulings on Municipal Suits Over Predatory Lending

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that cities may sue banks over predatory mortgage lending to minorities that harms municipal finances, but cast doubt on whether such cases can succeed by throwing out a lower court decision that had …

Supreme Court Considers Fair Housing Suits by Cities Against Banks

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday indicated it could allow Miami to pursue lawsuits accusing major banks of predatory mortgage lending to black and Hispanic home buyers resulting in loan defaults that drove down city tax revenues and property values. …

Supreme Court to Hear Disparate Impact Liability This Week

The U.S. Supreme Court is positioned to wipe out a major category of housing discrimination suits, and civil rights groups are running out of ways to stop it. In arguments Wednesday in Washington, the court will consider requiring people suing …

County in Illinois Sues Wells Fargo For Predatory Lending

The Cook County state’s attorney’s office in Illinois has filed a federal Fair Housing Act lawsuit against Wells Fargo & Co. for alleged predatory and discriminatory mortgage lending. In announcing the lawsuit Monday, county officials also alleged service and foreclosure …

Insurers Win Case to Kill HUD Disparate Impact Rule

Property/casualty insurer trade groups won a court victory Monday when a federal judge ruled in their favor that the U.S. Fair Housing Act does not prohibit housing practices including the pricing of homeowners insurance that have a disparate impact on …

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 …

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’ …

U.S. Calls $2M NYC Deal Largest Fair Housing Act Settlement Ever

The federal government has announced that a settlement with a New York City landlord will result in more than $2 million being paid to tenants who were sexual harassment victims. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara announced the deal Tuesday. He called …

Disabled Vet Gets $20k in Utah Service Dog Dispute

A disabled Gulf War veteran is getting a $20,000 settlement in a federal lawsuit claiming he was repeatedly fined for keeping a companion dog in his Park City condo. The lawsuit claims the Fox Point at Redstone Association, a property …