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September 18, 2014

Is ‘Disparate Impact’ a Valid Claim Under the Fair Housing Act?

By George Brooks

According to the final rule that HUD adopted in February 2013, a practice has a discriminatory effect on a protected class if HUD or a private plaintiff can establish liability under the statute, even if there is no intent to discriminate.

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