This systemic housing discrimination case against the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) challenges Fannie Mae’s discriminatory maintenance of its “real estate owned” (REO) properties around the country.
In this successful appeal of a homeowners association refusal to permit reasonable modifications to dwelling, the Sixth Circuit established the analytical framework for evaluating reasonable modification claims under the Fair Housing Act.
Federal court holds fifth-largest private apartment developer in the country liable for a “continuing violation” of federal accessibility requirements. Settlement required retrofitting of 12,300 apartment units at 82 apartment complexes in 11 states, with a total settlement value of nearly $15 million.
After federal court granted summary judgment for the firm’s client, case settled, requiring County to spend nearly $52 million in County funds to develop at least 750 affordable housing units in high-opportunity neighborhoods.
S. Dane, The Potential Impact of Texas Department of Housing and of Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project on Future Civil Rights Enforcement and Compliance, The Federal Lawyer (July 2016).
S. Dane, T. Ramchandani, and A. Bellows, Discriminatory Maintenance of REO Properties as a Violation of the Federal Fair Housing Act, 17 CUNY L. Rev. 383 (2015).
S. Dane, Race Discrimination Is Not Risk Discrimination: Why Disparate Impact Analysis of Homeowners Insurance Practices Is Here to Stay, Banking & Financial Services Policy Report (June 2014).
S. Dane, The Exposure of Securitization Trustees to Liability Under the Fair Housing Act for Poorly Maintained Real Estate Owned Properties, Banking L. J. (Feb. 2014).
S. Dane, Eliminating the Labyrinth: A Proposal to Simplify Federal Mortgage Lending Discrimination Laws, 26 U. Mich. J. L. Ref. 527 (1993).
J.D., University of Toledo College of Law
B.S., University of Notre Dame
- District of Columbia
- Hon. Pierce Lively, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit