This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc., holding that disparate impact claims are cognizable under the Fair Housing Act. Our prior alert regarding the oral argument is available here.

On July 1, 2015, Ballard Spahr attorneys will hold a webinar on the Inclusive Communities decision from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. ET. The webinar will feature an in-depth discussion of the Inclusive Communities decision and its potential implications, including with respect to the issue of whether disparate impact claims are cognizable under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act. The webinar registration form is available here.

Ballard Spahr’s Consumer Financial Services Group has created a Fair Lending Task Force that brings together attorneys who deal with fair lending law compliance (including the preparation of fair lending assessments in advance of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau examinations), handle governmental investigations and the defense of alleged fair lending claims, and understand the statistical analyses that underlie fair credit assessments and discrimination claims.

For more information, please contact Consumer Financial Services Group Practice Leader Alan S. Kaplinsky at 215.864.8544 or, Mortgage Banking Practice Leader Richard J. Andreano, Jr. at 202.661.2271 or, John L. Culhane, Jr., at 215.864.8535 or, or Christopher J. Willis at 678.420.9436 or

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