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Justice Strikes Again – another Manufactured Home Operation Settles Case

September 23rd, 2015 Comments off

fines-manufacturedhomes-OriginalgraphicCredit-SFgate-modifiedbyMHProNews-DailyBusinessNews-The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Hope Fair Housing tell MHProNews that the DOJ has announced “that the owners and operators of the Williams Trailer Court mobile home park in Marion, Illinois, had agreed to pay $75,000 to settle allegations that they discriminated against African Americans and families with children, in violation of the federal Fair Housing Act.”

The settlement was approved on August 31, by the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.

The settlement agreement resolves a lawsuit alleging that the owners and operators of the park, located at 200 East Patrick Street in Marion, Illinois violated fair housing law.  Testing revealed that Williams unlawfully discouraged families with children from living there, as well as allegations of racial discrimination.  “In addition to Lyle Williams, the lawsuit also names as defendants the park’s other two owners, Kyle Williams and David Williams,” according to the DOJ release to MHProNews.

It is both shocking and sad that in this day and age any person would try to discriminate against a fellow citizen on the basis of race,” said U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton of the Southern District of Illinois.  “Neither the Department of Justice nor my office will tolerate such behavior.  Opportunity and justice must remain equal for all.”

The consent decree for this case is found at this link, here.

Justice recently settled another case for over $250,000 – reported earlier this week at this link here. Attorney Anne Houghtaling, the Executive Director of Hope Fair Housing, has agreed to provide the Daily Business News with additional commentary on this case and others in the next few days. ##

(Editor’s Note: Manufactured housing professionals are encouraged to read a Fair Housing basics article, found at this link here, As case law is ever-evolving, it is also prudent to read the monthly Fair Housing article written by Fair Housing attorney Nadeen Green, a recent one on disparate impact is linked here.)

(Original image credits: SFGate, FlickrCreative Commons/Ari Karen; modified by MHProNews.)

Georgia Senator Introduces Measure to Harness CFPB

May 26th, 2015 Comments off

david_perdue_u_s_senator_from_georgia__national_mortgage_professionl_creditU. S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) has introduced legislation to make the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) more accountable by bringing it under the Congressional appropriations process and thereby give it Congressional oversight, according to nationalmortgageprofessional. The CFPB is currently under the Federal Reserve which is beyond the each of Congress, as MHProNews understands. The Bureau also opposes The Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act that the House passed and the Senate is now considering.

Having introduced Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Accountability Act of 2015, , while noting the CFPB has failed to operate within its own budget and is more concerned with preserving its own power than protecting the public, Sen. Perdue says, “The CFPB is a rogue agency that dishes out malicious financial policy and creates new rules and regulations at whim without real Congressional oversight. The American people, through Congress, deserve a closer look at the CFPB and how its actions will impact consumers.

The senator’s efforts have garnered the support of other interested organizations. Joe Brannen, president and CEO of the Georgia Bankers Association says, “The CFPB makes all the consumer protection rules, and those rules set the tone for compliance examinations of every bank, regardless of bank size and regulator doing the exam. Instead of spending thousands of hours responding to inconsequential concerns that don’t pose significant consumer risks, traditional bankers’ time could be better spent on serving the needs of the families and businesses in their communities.

Sarah Makin, speaking on behalf of the U. S. Consumer Coalition, says, “The CFPB represents the greatest threat to consumer choice and freedom this country has seen in a long time. While there may be a role for the CFPB, we applaud Senator Perdue for working to protect consumers from the so-called consumer protector.

David Williams, president of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance, says, “Currently, the CFPB operates outside of the jurisdiction of Congress. Any federal agency operating with the use of taxpayer funds must be subject to oversight by the elected officials that represent those taxpayers in Washington.

Scott Talbott of the Electronic Transactions Association says, ETA supports legislation that balances consumer protections with economic growth and innovation. Senator Perdue’s bill achieves this goal. ##

(Photo credit: nationalmortgageprofessional-Sen. David Perdue)

matthew-silver-daily-business-news-mhpronews-comArticle submitted by Matthew J. Silver to Daily Business News-MHProNews.