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Case Name United States v. Capitol Thrift and Loan Association FH-CA-0002
Docket / Court 86-1148 ( N.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
On May 7, 1986, the United States filed a lawsuit against the Capitol Thrift and Loan Association in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. The lawsuit, presumably filed under the Fair Housing Act and/or Equal Credit Opportunity Act, alleged that the lender ... read more >
On May 7, 1986, the United States filed a lawsuit against the Capitol Thrift and Loan Association in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. The lawsuit, presumably filed under the Fair Housing Act and/or Equal Credit Opportunity Act, alleged that the lender discriminated against black and Mexican-American home-loan applicants by instructing its employees not to make too many loans to members of these groups, or by giving them less favorable terms than other clients.

Using evidence developed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Justice Department negotiated a consent decree that enjoined further discriminatory conduct on the part of the defendant, and required that Capitol establish affirmative marketing practices. Capitol entered into the consent decree, and the District Court signed the decree on September 2, 1986.

Because this case happened before the federal courts began digitizing their records, we have not been able to obtain any documents for it. Therefore, this limited summary is based largely on information in Jean Noonan's article, "Federal Trade Commission Enforcement Activities," published in the Practicing Law Institute, June 1, 1989.

Nick Niles - 07/12/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
None on record
Causes of Action
Defendant(s) Capitol Thrift & Loan Association
Plaintiff Description African-American and Mexican-American customers of Capitol Thrift & Loan Association who were allegedly discriminated against with unfair terms or outright denial of loan applications.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Class action status sought Unknown
Class action status granted Unknown
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Unknown
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 1986
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
No documents currently in the collection
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers None on record
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers None on record

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