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Volume 29 - Number 18

September 3, 2018

Will CFPB Abandon or Limit the Use of Disparate Impact?

The CFPB in the Trump era is likely to abandon or limit the use of the disparate-impact theory in enforcing fair lending laws, said attorneys. “Given the lack of ‘effects’ language in [the Equal Credit Opportunity Act] and the [CFPB’s] stated focus on enforcing statutes as they are written, we expect that they will determine that ECOA does not support a disparate-impact theory,” said Jeffrey Naimon, a partner at Buckley Sandler. Under the disparate-impact theory ...

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