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Docket: Housing and Livable Communities


Case Name: American Ins. Ass'n v. U.S. Dep't of Housing and Urban Dev.

Court: U.S. Dist Ct. D.C.  Docket: 13-cv-00966-RJL

Read AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Issue: Does HUD's final rule, "Implementation of the Fair Housing Act's Discriminatory Effects Standard," violate the Fair Housing Act (FHA) because it allows plaintiffs (1) to show disparate impact only by demonstrating a statistical disparity and (2) displace challenged policy choices without showing theirs are at least as effective? Does the FHA preclude the application of the Rule to homeowner insurers specifically because (1) the Rule "pervasively injects" race into what was a previously "race-blind" process and (2) insurance law requirements break the causal chainbetween the alleged discriminatory acts and the injury claimed by plaintiffs?

Case Name: Bank of Am. v. City of Miami; Wells Fargo Co. v. City of Miami

Court: U.S. Supreme Court  Docket: 15-1111 & 15-1112 (consolidated)

Read AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Issue: Does the term "aggrieved" in the Fair Housing Act impose a zone-of-interst requirement more stringent than the injury-in-fact requirement of Article III of the Constitution to have standing to sue; and whether the City is an "aggrieved person" under the Fair Housing Act so that it could sue lendees for predatory practices that led to foreclosures and increased costs for the City.

Case Name: Barkley v. United Homes

Court: U.S. Dist. Ct. ED N.Y.    Docket: 04-cv-875-(RJD)(KAM)

Read Summary and Decisions: Denying MSJ Bayview (PDF), Post Trial Motion (PDF),  Attorneys Fee Motion (PDF), Decision on Motion to Dismiss (PDF)

Case Result: AFL collected attorney's fees awarded in Barkley v. Olympia from defendants, United Homes, after compelling disclosure of financial statements and assets showing that principals of United Homes had transferred the assets in order to avoid paying the judgment. 

Case Name: Bennett v. HUD

Court: U.S. Dist. Ct. D.C.  Docket: 1:14-CV-326(ESH)

Case Issue: Is HUD's determination on remand that surviving spouses of reverse mortgage borrowers are entitled to no relief arbitrary, capricious, and an abuse of discretion or otherwise illegal?

Case Name: Bernard v. CitiMortgage HAMP Litigation (In re)

Court: U.S. Ct. App. 9th Cir.  Docket: 13-80214

Read Summary and Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Result: The Ninth Circuit affirmed, finding that the district court's denial of class certification was not clear error. The district court cited numerous examples of individual issues that would predominate over issues common to the class regarding whether CitiMortgage breached its Temporary Trial Period deadline and, if so, what damages were caused by the breach. Additionally, it found the Plaintiffs had failed to affirmatively allege that they met one of the prerequisities for seeking class action relief.

Case Name: Bilaal v. Abell

Court: D.C. Superior Ct.

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Case Issue: Did defendants conspire to deceive older D.C. homeowners into transferring title to their homes under the guise of loaning them money to stop the foreclosure?

Case Name: Chandler v. Wells Fargo Bank

Court: U.S. Ct. App. 9th Cir.

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Case Result: In a disappointing ruling for surviving heirs, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld a federal district court ruling that lenders are not required to honor foreclosure protections in federal regulations when those regulations are not specifically incorporated into the mortgage agreement.

Case Name: Diamond v. Superior Ct. State of Cal., County of Santa Clara

Court: Ct. App. State of Cal., 6th App. Dist.    Docket: H038734

Read Summary AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Result: A homeowner association must strictly comply with statutory notice requirements prior to initiating a judicial foreclosure based on a homeowner assessment lien.

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Our legal advocacy initiatives  - conducted by AARP Foundation Litigation (AFL) - reflect nearly 20 years of work in federal and state courts across the country. Through our efforts, we support the Foundation’s four impact areas: Tackling Senior Hunger, Paving the Way to Stable Income, assuring the adequacy and availability of Safe and Afffordable Housing and Reconnecting People to Families and Communities, and ensure that those 50 and older have a voice in the laws and policies that affect their daily lives.