By: Paul F. Hancock, Andrew C. Glass, Roger L. Smerage, and Olivia Kelman
On Monday, November 3, 2014, Judge Richard J. Leon of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia struck down the disparate impact rule promulgated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) in March 2013 under the Fair Housing Act. The court held that HUD had issued the rule—codified at 24 C.F.R. § 100.500—in contravention of the plain language of the Fair Housing Act. The case is styled American Insurance Association, et al. v. United States Department of Housing & … Continue Reading
By: Kristie D. Kully, Laurence E. Platt
While former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke may be known for his loose monetary policy, unfortunately his mortgage lender is not. According to Bloomberg News, Mr. Bernanke complained (while addressing a conference of the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing and Care in Chicago on October 2) that he was recently unable to refinance his mortgage loan.
Although Mr. Bernanke reportedly remarked that “it’s entirely possible” that lenders “may have gone a little bit too far on mortgage credit conditions,” it’s hard to blame lenders. Mr. Bernanke may seem to be … Continue Reading
K&L Gates has been ranked as one of three top law firms as a “Powerhouse” in Class Action and Torts Litigation for the second consecutive year. The firm was also named as a “Standout” in Securities and Finance Litigation, Complex Commercial Litigation and Routine Commercial Litigation in BTI Consulting Group’s 2015 Litigation Outlook survey.
In addition, the firm was once again included in BTI’s “Honor Roll of Most Feared Law Firms” listing as well as on the honor roll of firms noted by clients for IP Litigation.
The rankings were based on direct client feedback from more than 300 interviews … Continue Reading