What the Supreme Court’s disparate impact ruling means for lenders

The Supreme Court ruling on disparate impact is a victory for fair housing advocates, blow to the housing and mortgage finance industry.

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Trey Garrison
September 1, 2015

Tags: U.S. Supreme Court

Organizations mentioned/involved: Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA), Jacksonville Area Legal Aid (JALA)


Fred Fuchs, a veteran civil legal aid housing lawyer at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, said,

“The Supreme Court today held that disparate impact claims frequently used by civil legal aid organizations to fight housing discrimination are recognized under the Fair Housing Act. The importance of the holding to all citizens cannot be overstated. The Court lays to rest the issue of whether the Fair Housing Act permits such claims.

“Had the Court ruled otherwise, it would have made it harder for civil legal aid programs to fight housing discrimination and robbed the Fair Housing Act of its enforcement teeth.”