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Case Name Ricci v. Key Bancshares of Maine, Inc. FH-ME-0001
Docket / Court 82-0249-P ( D. Me. )
State/Territory Maine
Case Type(s) Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance
Case Summary
Plaintiff, an Italian-American businessman whose business operations depended on a revolving line of credit with a bank, brought suit against Defendant-bank after the bank terminated his line of credit, allegedly because of the Plaintiff's national origin. The Defendant-bank then impleaded third- ... read more >
Plaintiff, an Italian-American businessman whose business operations depended on a revolving line of credit with a bank, brought suit against Defendant-bank after the bank terminated his line of credit, allegedly because of the Plaintiff's national origin. The Defendant-bank then impleaded third-party Defendants, F.B.I. agents, who had allegedly made statements to the Defendant-bank about the Plaintiff's business activities that led the Defendant-bank to terminate the Plaintiff's line of credit. After the Plaintiff succeeded in the District Court on claims premised on the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, 15 U.S.C. 1691, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, 15 U.S.C. 1681, and 42 U.S.C. 1981, 1982, the F.B.I. agents filed a motion for summary judgment against the Defendant-bank's suit for contribution from them. U.S. District Court Judge David Mazzone denied the F.B.I. agents' motion for summary judgment.

The F.B.I. agents appealed the District Court's adverse ruling on official immunity, and on July 24, 1985, the First Circuit reversed the District Court and held the F.B.I. agents were immune from the suit for contribution. Ricci v. Key Bancshares of Maine, Inc., 768 F.2d 456 (1st Cir. 1985). Subsequent to the federal appellate court's ruling, on June 17, 1987, the District Court upheld the grant of punitive damages against the Defendant-lender. Ricci v. Key Bancshares of Maine, Inc., 662 F. Supp. 1132 (D. Me. 1987).

Andrew Nash - 06/02/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-area
Lending
Discrimination-basis
National origin discrimination
General
Funding
National Origin/Ethnicity
Other
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), 15 U.S.C. § 1691
42 U.S.C. § 1982
42 U.S.C. § 1981
Defendant(s) Canal Bank and Trust
Depositors Corp.
Depositors Trust Co. of Southern Maine
Key Bancshares of Maine, Inc.
Plaintiff Description Corporate plaintiffs who suffered monetary damages when Key Bancshares of Maine, Inc. ceased to loan them money.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought None on record
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Damages
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 1987
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
2:82-cv-00249-GC (D. Me.) 08/26/1982
FH-ME-0001-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Opinion 07/11/1986 (111 F.R.D. 369) (D. Me.)
FH-ME-0001-0003.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
[Order] 07/24/1986 (768 F.2d 456)
FH-ME-0001-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Memorandum Opinion and Order 06/18/1987 (662 F.Supp. 1132) (D. Me.)
FH-ME-0001-0002.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Aldrich, Bailey (First Circuit, D. Mass.)
FH-ME-0001-0003
Bownes, Hugh Henry (First Circuit, D.N.H.)
FH-ME-0001-0001
Breyer, Stephen Gerald (First Circuit, SCOTUS)
FH-ME-0001-0001
Campbell, Levin Hicks (First Circuit, D. Mass.)
FH-ME-0001-0001
Carter, Gene (D. Me.)
FH-ME-0001-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Axelrod , Robert M. (Connecticut)
FH-ME-0001-0002
Bergenn, James M. (Connecticut)
FH-ME-0001-0003
Campbell, John S. (Maine)
FH-ME-0001-0002 | FH-ME-0001-0003
Kelly, John N. (Maine)
FH-ME-0001-0003
Moore, Jonathan C. (New York)
FH-ME-0001-0003
Norris, M. Hatcher (Connecticut)
FH-ME-0001-0002
Peters, John C. (Connecticut)
FH-ME-0001-0002
Poulos, Richard E. (Maine)
FH-ME-0001-0002 | FH-ME-0001-0003
Sanders, Janet (Massachusetts)
FH-ME-0001-0001
van Gestel, Allen (Massachusetts)
FH-ME-0001-0003
Defendant's Lawyers Buckley, Philip D. (Maine)
FH-ME-0001-0003
Burns, Thomas D. (Massachusetts)
FH-ME-0001-0001 | FH-ME-0001-0002 | FH-ME-0001-0003
Gilmore, John A.D. (Massachusetts)
FH-ME-0001-0001 | FH-ME-0001-0002 | FH-ME-0001-0003
King, David C. (Maine)
FH-ME-0001-0001 | FH-ME-0001-0003
Kornreich, Louis H. (Maine)
FH-ME-0001-0002 | FH-ME-0001-0003
Mahony, Gael (Massachusetts)
FH-ME-0001-0001 | FH-ME-0001-0002 | FH-ME-0001-0003
McGowan, James H. III (New York)
FH-ME-0001-0002
Mogul, Jules L. (Maine)
FH-ME-0001-0002 | FH-ME-0001-0003
Peisch, Thomas (Massachusetts)
FH-ME-0001-0001 | FH-ME-0001-0002 | FH-ME-0001-0003
Rudman, Paul L. (Maine)
FH-ME-0001-0003
Sbrega, Dennis (Maine)
FH-ME-0001-0002
White, Catherine A. (Massachusetts)
FH-ME-0001-0003
Zielinski, Richard M. (Massachusetts)
FH-ME-0001-0001 | FH-ME-0001-0002 | FH-ME-0001-0003
Other Lawyers Cohen, Richard S. (Maine)
FH-ME-0001-0001
Groff, Joseph H. III (Maine)
FH-ME-0001-0001
Silsby, Paula (Maine)
FH-ME-0001-0001

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