Consumer/Housing Task Force Meeting

Date: Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Time: 11:00 a.m. a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time
10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Central Time

Place: Lexington Public Library, Northside Branch
Address: 1733 Russell Cave Road, Lexington, KY 40505
Phone: 859-231-5500


Consumer/Housing Task Force Agenda

11:00 Welcome and Introductions

11:15 What consumer and housing issues are your programs addressing? How are you using the Bank of America funds?

Stephanie Willis will give an overview of the Bank of America settlement, a large portion of which has been distributed to legal services programs.
Each of the four LSC programs will give an update on consumer and housing issues and cases in their programs.

Kentucky Legal Aid - Janet Blachowski
Legal Aid of the Bluegrass - Pete Nienaber and Jim McHugh
Legal Aid Society - Stephanie Willis
Appalachain Research and Defense Fund - Betsy Davis

11:45 Legal Updates

Stephanie Willis will discuss the impact of the Spokeo case on federal litigation. This case heightened the federal pleading requirements. She will also discuss the impact on litigation of the new medical review panels and federal efforts to reign in class actions.



SB 4 - Medical Review Panels
http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/17RS/SB4.htm

12:00 Lunch

12:15 Legislative Update

Anne Marie Regan will discuss significant housing and consumer bills that were passed in the recent legislative session.



12:30 Roundtable on Consumer and Housing Issues with Our Partners

Ben Long, Director, Office of Consumer Protection, Attorney General’s Office
Ben will give us an overview of the Office’s role as the Commonwealth’s consumer watch dog. He will discuss the types of complaints his office
receives and the complaint process. He will also tell us about the consumer protection litigation in which the office is involved.

Art Crosby, Executive Director, Lexington Fair Housing Council
Art will discuss recently passed HB 309, which allows victims of domestic violence to terminate rental agreements. He will also tell us about
recent HUD guidance about limits on use of criminal records in renting apartments. We will discuss how these measures might be implemented.

1:30 Break

1:45 Legal Impact Network (LIN) – Gavin Kearney, LIN Coordinator


LIN is a national network of non-LSC programs that is attempting to coordinate national litigation and advocacy strategies around major poverty
issues. Gavin will talk to us about some of the issues and strategies in which LIN is currently engaged.

2:15 Update on CFPB Enforcement and Regulatory Measures

Stephanie Willis will give us an update on litigation and administrative enforcement actions that the CFPB has completed recently.
Anne Marie will discuss recent CFPB regulatory activities, including the payday lending and arbitration rules.





2:30 Short Topics/Case Discussion

Case Discussion - Do you have any cases you’d like to brainstorm about? Bring us your cases to discuss.
Future Topics for Task Force – What ideas do you have for future task force meetings?

2:45 Adjourn