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Compliance and Risk

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that disparate impact claims are enforceable under the Fair Housing Act. The decision in the case — Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project — included a note of caution that statistical disparities only impose liability if plaintiffs can connect it to a defendant’s policy causing the disparity in order to “protect defendants against abusive disparate-impact claims.”

Compliance and Risk

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau today issued a bulletin reminding creditors to include income from Section 8 homeownership vouchers when underwriting mortgage loans, in keeping with the prohibition on discrimination based on income derived from a public assistance program under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act and Regulation B.

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