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Case Name United States v. Shawmut Mortgage Company FH-CT-0001
Docket / Court 3:93-cv-02453-AVC ( D. Conn. )
State/Territory Connecticut
Case Type(s) Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
The Department of Justice filed suit in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut on December 13, 1993, alleging violations of the Fair Housing Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 3601-3619, and the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), 15 U.S.C. §§ 1691-1691f. The Complaint alleged that ... read more >
The Department of Justice filed suit in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut on December 13, 1993, alleging violations of the Fair Housing Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 3601-3619, and the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), 15 U.S.C. §§ 1691-1691f. The Complaint alleged that the Defendant mortgage lender applied more rigorous standards when evaluating mortgage applicants from prospective black and Hispanic borrowers. The Complaint stated that the Defendant had rejected black and Hispanic applicants at twice the rate of white applicants during the preceding two years.

The parties submitted a consent decree the same day at the Complaint was filed. U.S. District Court Judge Alfred V. Covello approved the consent decree, and the case was voluntarily dismissed by the DOJ. The consent decree required the Defendant to continue several recently implemented anti-discrimination procedures, including a mortgage review committee, which conducted a second review of all rejected minority credit applications; a mortgage customer assistance program; and periodic self-evaluations. In addition, the consent decree also required the Defendant to provide lending data to the Department of Justice on a regular basis for the following three years.

Andrew Nash - 06/02/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-area
Lending
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
General
Funding
National Origin/Ethnicity
Hispanic
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Fair Housing Act/Fair Housing Amendments Act (FHAA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 3601 et seq.
Defendant(s) Shawmut Mortgage Company
Plaintiff Description United States DOJ, on behalf of black and Hispanic citizens throughout New England who were denied home mortgages from 01/1990 through 10/1992, allegedly because of disparate standards and practices by the defendant.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 1993 - 2003
Case Closing Year 2003
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
3:93-cv-02453-AVC (D. Conn.) 12/15/1993
FH-CT-0001-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 12/13/1993
FH-CT-0001-0001.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree 12/13/1993
FH-CT-0001-0002.pdf | Detail
Fair Lending Enforcement Program: Underwriting Discrimination 12/31/2001
FH-CT-0001-0003.pdf | Detail
Judges Covello, Alfred V. (D. Conn.)
FH-CT-0001-0002 | FH-CT-0001-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Droney, Christopher Fitzgerald (Connecticut)
FH-CT-0001-0001 | FH-CT-0001-0002
Hancock, Paul F. (District of Columbia)
FH-CT-0001-0001 | FH-CT-0001-0002 | FH-CT-0001-9000
Hughes, John B. (Connecticut)
FH-CT-0001-0001 | FH-CT-0001-0002 | FH-CT-0001-9000
Reno, Janet (District of Columbia)
FH-CT-0001-0001 | FH-CT-0001-0002
Ross, Alexander C. (District of Columbia)
FH-CT-0001-0001 | FH-CT-0001-0002
Senger, Jeffrey M. (District of Columbia)
FH-CT-0001-0001 | FH-CT-0001-0002
Turner, James P. (District of Columbia)
FH-CT-0001-0001 | FH-CT-0001-0002
Wilmore, Sandra M. (District of Columbia)
FH-CT-0001-0001 | FH-CT-0001-0002
Defendant's Lawyers Bennett, Robert Stephen (District of Columbia)
FH-CT-0001-0002 | FH-CT-0001-9000 | FH-CT-0001-9000
Randall, Donn A. (Massachusetts)
FH-CT-0001-9000
Sandler, Andrew L. (District of Columbia)
FH-CT-0001-0002 | FH-CT-0001-9000
Sweet, William J. Jr. (District of Columbia)
FH-CT-0001-0002
Other Lawyers None on record

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