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CFPB and DOJ Issue Consent Order for Mortgage Lender to Pay $27 Million to Mitigate Illegal Redlining Activities

On September 24, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) and the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced a joint action against New Jersey-based Hudson City Savings Bank for discriminatory redlining practices that denied residents of majority-Black-and-Hispanic neighborhoods fair access to mortgage loans.  The agencies allege that the bank took steps to avoid, and thereby discourage, applications … Continue Reading

Supreme Court upholds ‘disparate impact’ under the FHA but emphasizes that claims cannot rely on statistics alone

In a much-anticipated decision, the U.S. Supreme Court held in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project (“Inclusive Communities”) that claims of disparate impact discrimination are cognizable under the Fair Housing Act (“FHA”). In the case, the Inclusive Communities Project (“ICP”) accused the Texas state housing agency of violating the FHA … Continue Reading
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