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Philadelphia Sues Wells Fargo Over Discriminatory Lending Practices

Racial discrimination in mortgage lending is prohibited under the federal Fair Housing Act (FHA). But the city of Philadelphia says the practice is still alive and well at Wells Fargo.

Wells Fargo steered blacks and Latinos toward costlier mortgages, Philadelphia lawsuit alleges

The city of Philadelphia has sued Wells Fargo, accusing the bank of discriminating against minority home buyers. The complaint, filed Monday in a federal court in Pennsylvania, alleges that Wells Fargo violated the Fair Housing Act of 1968 by "steering" minority borrowers into mortgages that were...

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3 weeks agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

Sixth Circuit ruling breaks new ground in disturbing ways: employer can be sued under Fair Housing Act if it withdraws job offer based on disapproval of accepted applicant’s public position on a housing controversy [Linkletter v. Western...Show More Summary

Will Fair Housing Stay Fair?

On Monday, the conservative effort to hobble the Fair Housing Act failed once again at the Supreme Court. By a 5-3 vote, the justices ruled that, under the FHA, cities can sue banks whose predatory lending practices increase segregation. Show More Summary

"Third Circuit: neighbors who criticized condo residents over emotional support dogs must face civil rights suit."

"Now the Third Circuit... reversed grants of summary judgment in favor of the two blog writers and ruled that they could properly be sued for damages for creating a hostile environment under the Fair Housing Act."It described as “harassment”...Show More Summary

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The Wall Street Journal: Mutiny at the Labor Department Hans Bader: The Fair Housing Act vs. free speech George Selgin: The case for stable spending Al Hunt: The swamp roots for Kushner Reading Around

Fair Housing Act covers LGBT people, federal court rules

In April 2015, landlord Deepika Avanti refused to rent one of her townhouses to the Smith family in the tiny town of Gold Hill, Colorado, in Boulder County. Avanti denied the Smiths, spouses Tonya Smith and Rachel Smith, who is transgender, and their two children, housing because of concerns regarding the children and "noise" as well as the Smiths' "unique relationship."...

Importance of Elevators for Universal Housing

You might think that the Fair Housing Act required multifamily buildings to have elevators, but no, it doesn’t. A multifamily dwelling of four units that does not have an elevator is not required to have one. However, the ground floor units must be fully accessible (no steps). Show More Summary

The Fair Housing Act: an explainer

On its anniversary, the importance and continued relevance of the landmark civil rights bill "Now, with this bill, the voice of justice speaks again.” Housing laws don’t normally receive such fulsome praise. But when President Lyndon...Show More Summary

Federal Judge Rules That the Fair Housing Act Protects LGBTQ People

On Wednesday, just one day after the 7 th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals held that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act bars anti-gay employment discrimination, a federal court found that the Fair Housing Act also protects LGBTQ people. In a concise ruling, U.S. Show More Summary

Federal Court: Fair Housing Act Protects LGBT People

2 months agoLGBT / Gay : NewNowNext

A lesbian couple won their case after being denied housing due to their "unique relationship."

Colorado Judge Rules That the Fair Housing Law Protects LGBT Couple 

2 months agoPop Culture / Celebrity : Jezebel

In another recent legal victory for LGBT rights, a U.S District judge in Colorado ruled Wednesday that a landlord’s refusal to rent a townhouse to a lesbian couple is in violation of the federal Fair Housing Act. Read more...

Fair Housing Claims Survive Death of a Party

Continuing a neighborhood dispute beyond the grave, a federal appeals court said that Fair Housing Act claims survive the death of a party. The U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeal said in Revock v. Cowpet Bay West Condominium Association that the Act is silent about survival claims. However, in......

NAGLREP Housing Policy Summit covered Fair Housing and Equality Act issues for LGBT citizens and agents

NAGLREP founder Jeff Berger and NAGLREP Policy Committee Chair John Graff said they felt compelled to kick-start the summit because of the risk of losing the ground the LGBTQ community has made in recent years...

Tort Reform, Class Action Limits Pass in House; Will They Become Law?

A bill intended to curb class action lawsuits passed in the House of Representatives last week. H.R. 985, the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017, would make major changes to class action litigation, limiting attorney's fees and narrowing what plaintiffs can be certified as a class. It......

Jobs, not frivolous class-action lawsuits

To the editor: My organization agrees with Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and author of the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act: “Frivolous lawsuits have no place in our legal system, and the true victims of frivolous lawsuits are often small businesses...

GOP marks National Consumer Protection Week by voting to 'obliterate' class-action lawsuits

The Republican-controlled House voted late Thursday to approve the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act, which purports to protect consumers but does the opposite by making it harder for people to join class-action lawsuits. The legislation is among a handful of bills that Republican lawmakers...

Fair and Equal Housing Act Introduced in Congress

Today, Congressman Scott Taylor (R-VA) introduced the Fair and Equal Housing Act, which would guarantee critical federal protections against housing discrimination for LGBTQ people. The bill, which was cosponsored by Congressman Brad...Show More Summary

Congress Is Doing A Huge Favor For BofA While No One Else Watches

3 months agoNews : Huffington Post

WASHINGTON ? House and Senate committees will consider an obscure bill called the “Fair Access to Investment Research Act” on Thursday. It will not be a major media event. The bill, which will likely sail through Congress, will not cause a new financial crisis, bar millions from accessing health insurance or undermine any foreign policy alliances. Show More Summary

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