In high school and college Greer Lang, Partner, Lathrop & Gage, LLP, was a competitive runner. And the mental grit, endurance and will to finish that she put into running half-marathons and marathons have paid off throughout her career. Flash forward 27 years, and using the same drive and focus when she started, Greer has built a diverse book of business that includes a variety of clients. Known for her workhorse mentality, Greer excels at investing time to thoroughly review and analyze a situation, and "finding the needle in the haystack" that turns the tide for her clients. As a business litigator, Greer handles cases that always involve an interesting story, and she stays true to the businesses she represents that are made up of people that entrust their problems with and rely on her for sound counsel. She handles breach of contract matters, partnership disputes, disputes involving covenants not to compete and other restrictive covenants, loan enforcement and lender liability actions, construction matters, insurance coverage disputes, regulatory matters, trusts, business torts and professional liability matters. As part of the webinar, Greer will share her experience in successfully representing a community bank before the trial court, and on appeal before the 8th Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court, to invalidate Regulation B's purported expansion of the ECOA's protections to guarantors. Greer's ongoing success is attributed to her philosophy of "I fight for clients that have been wronged. I never give up. Ever."
Claims under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are rising. The DOJ received 6,391 accessibility complaints in 2015—a 40% increase over 2014. Moreover, 240 businesses across the United States have been sued by plaintiffs who claim these organizations' websites fail to accommodate certain disabilities. Even more Financial Institutions and businesses have received demand letters from law firms. Targets have been strong-armed into settlement agreements due to plaintiffs' citation of favorable arguments in previous cases which held that the ADA applies to websites.
This is a rebroadcast of a session that was originally recorded on the 30th of November 2016.
Bonus Supplement: When you register for this session, you will receive a Sample Addendum to Guaranty, which can be tailored to your financial institution's contractual needs and lending documents.
The rules for Regulation B have been updated -- a new target is flying overhead. Are you and your team prepared for the changes?
In the past 2.5 months, several events related to the Equal Credit Opportunity Act have occurred, including:
30 August. CFPB Director Richard Cordray's announced that the ECOA and Reg B prohibit credit discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.
28 September. Acting on a referral from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Department of Justice (DOJ) pursued a case against Charter Bank, asserting the FI violated the ECOA by discriminating based on national origin when making vehicle-secured loans. To settle the suit, the bank agreed to pay $165,820 as monetary damages for affected borrowers, provide ECOA training to bank employees, and display a notice of nondiscrimination.
29 September. The CFPB published an Approval Action that provides a safe harborunder the ECOA and Reg B for lenders who use the revised Uniform Residential Loan Application(URLA) form issued by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in August 2016. The Agency states that it has “determined that the relevant language in the 2016 URLA is in compliance with” Reg B’s requirements for whether, and how, a creditor may seek information about an applicant’s race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, and income sources, and information about an applicant’s spouse or former spouse.
This Approval Action also offers flexibility for lenders who must collect and report information about mortgage applicants’ ethnicity and race under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA), implemented by Regulation C
This session will teach you how to hit that ECOA bullseye. Learn to fire arrows to nail the Reg B target with attorneys who have the knowledge, experience, as well as a U.S. Supreme Court affirmation on this important topic.
We will provide practical tips and tools to ensure you nail the target. Join us for engaging play-by-play information on ECOA and the latest trends in Regulation B.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM ET
The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection is issuing a final rule that amends Regulation B to permit creditors additional flexibility in complying with Regulation B in order to facilitate compliance with Regulation C, adds certain model forms and removes others from Regulation B, and makes various other amendments to Regulation B and its commentary to facilitate the collection and retention of information about the ethnicity, sex, and race of certain mortgage applicants.
Effective Date: The rule is effective on Jan. 1, 2018, except the amendment to Appendix B, removing the existing "Uniform Residential Loan Application" form, is effective Jan. 1, 2022.