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With over two decades of consumer financial services experience in federal government, in-house, and private practice settings, and a specialty in fair lending regulatory compliance, Lori counsels clients in supervisory issues, examinations, investigations, and enforcement actions.

On June 21, the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lawsuit and a settlement framework with Meta Platforms, Inc. (previously known as Facebook) to resolve allegations that Meta’s advertising placement algorithms discriminate against Facebook users based on their race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status, and national origin (Protected Characteristics) in violation of the Fair

On May 26, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) announced that federal anti-discrimination law requires companies to explain to applicants the specific reasons for denying an application for credit or taking other adverse actions, even if the creditor is relying on credit models using complex algorithms.

In a corresponding Consumer Financial Protection Circular

In our inaugural episode, Troutman Pepper Consumer Financial Services Partner Chris Willis welcomes fellow CFS Partner Lori Sommerfield in a discussion on the U.S. Department of Justice’s recent guidance on website accessibility for state and local governments and for public accommodations under Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act. A seasoned consumer financial services attorney, Lori brings more than two decades of experience in federal government, in-house, and private practice settings. She has deep expertise in fair lending and responsible banking regulatory compliance, and she counsels clients in supervisory issues, examinations, investigations, and enforcement actions. Lori is also highly experienced in advising clients on compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act regarding accessibility of physical spaces and digital platforms.
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The CFPB’s recent announcement that it will now be examining non-credit products, services, and processes for discrimination under the Bureau’s UDAAP authority raises the question of how financial services companies should go about testing various aspects of their operations for potential discrimination. In this