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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 […]

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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. […]

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UNIQUE AND DISGUSTING FAIR LENDING CASE

On June 29th, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a joint action against BancorpSouth Bank for discriminatory mortgage lending practices that harmed African Americans and other minorities.  The complaint filed by the CFPB and DOJ alleges that BancorpSouth engaged in numerous discriminatory practices, including: Illegally redlining in Memphis; Denying certain African Americans mortgage loans more often than similarly situated non-Hispanic white applicants; Charging African-American customers for certain mortgage […]

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TURNING A BLIND EYE WON’T FLY

On April 25, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina entered a consent order and approved a settlement resolving the DOJ’s complaint charging Four Oaks Bank with unlawfully allowing third party merchants to work through the bank to defraud consumers. Four Oaks’ clients included a Texas-based third-party payment processor that provided access to the national payment system to a wide variety of merchants. Four Oaks was specifically informed that many of […]

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ANOTHER DOJ DISCRIMINATION SETTLEMENT

On July 12, 2012, Wells Fargo, the nation’s largest mortgage lender, agreed to settle with the Justice Department to resolve allegations that it steered black and Hispanic borrowers into subprime loans when similarly qualified white borrowers received mortgages with lower rates. The settlement requires Wells Fargo to provide $125 million to borrowers, $50 million in down-payment assistance in hard-hit regions where Justice found evidence of discrimination, and additional compensation to blacks and Hispanics who were […]

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