DOJ Settles Mortgage Discrimination Lawsuit Against National Bank for $54 Million

On January 20, the  U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (USAO) announced that it had settled a recently-filed lawsuit against a national bank, resolving allegations of mortgage discrimination. As previously covered by Enforcement Watch, the government alleged that from 2006 to 2009, the bank charged minority borrowers higher rates…

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DOJ Files Suit Against California Lenders Alleging Discriminatory Loan Modification Scheme

On August 23, 2016, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the filing of a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California against several California-based mortgage loan modification service providers.  The complaint alleges that defendants violated the Fair Housing Act (FHA) and the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA)…

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CFPB and DOJ Propose $10.6 Million Settlement in Discriminatory Lending Action

On June 29, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CPPB) and Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a joint enforcement action against a regional bank for alleged discriminatory mortgage lending in violation of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) and the Fair Housing Act (FHA), filed in the District Court for the…

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CFPB Settles Discriminatory Lending Claims Against Auto Manufacturer for $21.9 Million

On February 2, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced a settlement with an auto manufacturer resolving claims of alleged discrimination under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act.  Under the terms of the settlement, the auto manufacturer will pay “$21.9 million in restitution to thousands of African-American and Asian and Pacific Islander…

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