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Case Name Hargraves v. Capital City Mortgage Corporation FH-DC-0003
Docket / Court 1:98-cv-01021-GK ( D.D.C. )
State/Territory District of Columbia
Case Type(s) Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance
Attorney Organization Relman, Dane & Colfax
Case Summary
The plaintiffs, a church, its pastor and several of its members and trustees, and a housing non-profit filed suit against a mortgage lender on April 24, 1998, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, alleging violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) ... read more >
The plaintiffs, a church, its pastor and several of its members and trustees, and a housing non-profit filed suit against a mortgage lender on April 24, 1998, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, alleging violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), the Fair Housing Act (FHA), 42 U.S.C. 3601-3619, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), 18 U.S.C. 1981, 1982, unfair and deceptive lender practices, fraud, and breach of contract based on allegations of ongoing illegal and discriminatory activity. Plaintiffs charged that Defendant-lender had engaged in reverse redlining by targeting minority borrowers for loans on exploitative terms.

On September 29, 2000, U.S. District Court Judge Joyce Hens Green dismissed the plaintiffs' RICO claim as barred by the statute of limitations. Hargraves v. Capital City Mortgage Corp., 140 F.Supp.2d 7 (D.D.C. 2000). Judge Green dismissed several of the plaintiffs from the suit on January 2, 2001, after finding that they lacked standing to sue, but held that the church pastor and several of the church trustees had standing. Hargraves v. Capital City Mortgage Corp., 147 F.Supp.2d 1 (D.D.C. 2001). The plaintiffs entered into a settlement agreement with the Defendants in 2001, leading to the dismissal of claims. On December 7, 2001, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed a motion seeking a temporary injunction freezing the assets of the Defendants to prevent the settlement agreement from being implemented, but District Court Judge Gladys Kessler denied the FTC's motion. FTC v. Capital City Mortg. Corp., 2002 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 2199 (D.D.C. Feb. 7, 2002).

The FTC portion of the case continued, and eventually settled on February 24, 2005. The FTC settlement contained extensive injunctive relief for the plaintiffs, and ordered Capital City to pay $750,000 to a fund.

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
Predatory lending
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1982
42 U.S.C. § 1981
Defendant(s) Capital City Mortgage Corporation
Plaintiff Description A group of African-Americans who allege that they were targeted with predatory lending practices on several loans for their homes and church.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Relman, Dane & Colfax
Class action status sought None on record
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2003
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
1:98-cv-01021-GK (D.D.C.) 03/03/2003
FH-DC-0003-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
1:98-cv-00237-GK (D.D.C.) 02/24/2005
FH-DC-0003-9001 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Brief of the United States as Amicus Curiae in Support of Plaintiffs' Opposition in Defendants' Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings or, in the Alternative, for Summary Judgment 03/10/2000
FH-DC-0003-0010 PDF | Detail
Document Source: U.S. Dep't of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Housing and Civil Enforcement
Memorandum Order [Re: Motions to Compel] 03/30/2000 (D.D.C.)
FH-DC-0003-0001 PDF | Detail
Memorandum Opinion and Order [Granting in Part and Denying in Part Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment] 09/29/2000 (140 F.Supp.2d 7) (D.D.C.)
FH-DC-0003-0008 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Order [Re: Stay of Foreclosure; Contempt; Motion to Modify Preliminary Injunction] 10/12/2000 (D.D.C.)
FH-DC-0003-0002 PDF | Detail
Order [Granting in Part and Denying in Part Defendant's Motion for Reconsideration of 9/29 S/J Order] 01/02/2001 (147 F.Supp.2d 1) (D.D.C.)
FH-DC-0003-0007 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Order [Denying Plaintiffs' Motion to Modify Preliminary Injunction] 03/16/2001 (2001 WL 36132732) (D.D.C.)
FH-DC-0003-0003 PDF | WESTLAW | Detail
Memorandum Order [Re: Motion to Compel] 08/16/2001 (D.D.C.)
FH-DC-0003-0004 PDF | Detail
Memorandum-Opinion 02/07/2002 (2002 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 2199) (D.D.C.)
FH-DC-0003-0009 PDF | LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: LexisNexis
Settlement Agreement [of Related Case] 02/24/2005
FH-DC-0003-0005 PDF | Detail
DOJ Summary 07/24/2007
FH-DC-0003-0006 PDF | Detail
Judges Green, Joyce Hens (D.D.C., FISC)
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Kay, Alan (D.D.C.) [Magistrate]
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Kessler, Gladys (D.D.C.)
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Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Berger, Laura D. (District of Columbia)
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Dessel, Lisa J. (District of Columbia)
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Hirsch, Kurt (District of Columbia)
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Lev, Ori (District of Columbia)
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Quester, Amanda (District of Columbia)
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Relman, John Peter (District of Columbia)
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Ritter, Richard J. (District of Columbia)
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Robinson, Jeffrey D. (District of Columbia)
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Sheer, Alain Herbert (District of Columbia)
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Sheldon, Elizabeth Torrant (District of Columbia)
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Thompson, Duane K. (District of Columbia)
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Waldorf, Lars T. (District of Columbia)
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Willis, Lauren E. (District of Columbia)
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Wilmore, Sandra M. (District of Columbia)
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Defendant's Lawyers Acker, Charles Holton III (District of Columbia)
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Bernard, Lawrence Bradley (Maryland)
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Bucher, James Richard (Maryland)
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Davidson, Hillary A. (District of Columbia)
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Finkelstein, Nathan I. (Maryland)
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Goldberg, Stephen Norman (Maryland)
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Gould, Jack A. (District of Columbia)
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Horvitz, Laurie B. (Maryland)
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Lee, Matthew William (Virginia)
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McNamer, Amy Margaret (District of Columbia)
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Murphy, Kevin Michael (District of Columbia)
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Musolino, Phillip M. (District of Columbia)
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Quinn, Dennis John (District of Columbia)
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Sanne, Eric Jerome (District of Columbia)
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Schild, Rena Karen (District of Columbia)
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Schwartz, Christopher Kip (District of Columbia)
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Watson, Leticia Maria (District of Columbia)
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Wicht, J. Edward (District of Columbia)
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Other Lawyers Aronowitz, Michelle M. (District of Columbia)
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Bernal, David V. (District of Columbia)
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Blower, Bradley Howard (District of Columbia)
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Jacobs, Robert F. (California)
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Lee, Bill Lann (District of Columbia)
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LeFevre, Ronald E. (California)
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Lewis, Wilma A. (District of Columbia)
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Magagna, Joan A. (District of Columbia)
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Ross, Alexander C. (District of Columbia)
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Slocum, Brian G. (District of Columbia)
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Smiley, Joan E. (District of Columbia)
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