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INTERAGENCY STATEMENT ON SPECIAL PURPOSE CREDIT PROGRAMS

On February 22, 2022, The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (FRB), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau), the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Department of Justice (DOJ), and the Federal Housing Finance Agency (hereafter, the agencies) issued an interagency statement to remind creditors of the ability […]

HAS REDLINING ENFORCEMENT RETURNED?

At the end of the Obama administration redlining consent decrees were becoming coming. Redlining cases, once the purview of large banks, had drifted down to the community bank level. Since the beginning of 2016 redlining cases have dried up, other than one case left over from the prior administration that was settled favorably for the bank. On June 13, 2009 The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of […]

OPERATION CHOKE POINT LAWSUIT SETTLED

After nearly seven years of controversy, federal investigations, legal proceeding, assurances from the Department of Justice that the program had ended, as well as numerous (and still viable) attempts at legislation to prohibit similar initiatives, it seems the chapter on the DOJ’s Operation Choke Point may have finally come to a close with the FDIC’s recent settlement of the lawsuit related to the program. The FDIC has settled with Advance America et al. in a […]

KLEINBANK PREVAILS IN REDLINING CASE

On January 13, 2017 the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lawsuit against KleinBank alleging that the bank engaged in unlawful “redlining” of majority-minority neighborhoods in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area.  The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, alleges that KleinBank violated the Fair Housing Act and Equal Credit Opportunity Act, which prohibit financial institutions from discriminating on the basis of race and color in their mortgage lending practices.  The complaint […]

KLEINBANK – REDLINING CASE – WORTH WATCHING

On January 13, 2017 the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lawsuit against KleinBank alleging that the bank engaged in unlawful “redlining” of majority-minority neighborhoods in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area. The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, alleges that KleinBank violated the Fair Housing Act and Equal Credit Opportunity Act, which prohibit financial institutions from discriminating on the basis of race and color in their mortgage lending practices. […]