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Case Name United States v. Old Kent Financial Corporation FH-MI-0002
Docket / Court 04-CV-71879 ( E.D. Mich. )
State/Territory Michigan
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 on May 19, 2004, against the Defendant-lender in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, and the parties entered a settlement agreement that same day. The DOJ filed suit under the Fair Housing Act, 42 U.S.C. 3601-3619, and the Equal Credit ... read more >
The Department of Justice filed suit on May 19, 2004, against the Defendant-lender in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, and the parties entered a settlement agreement that same day. The DOJ filed suit under the Fair Housing Act, 42 U.S.C. 3601-3619, and the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, 15 U.S.C. 1691. The DOJ alleged that Old Kent had engaged in a race-based pattern of locating or acquiring new addresses. The DOJ cited statistics in its Compliant indicating that the Defendant-lender had deliberately expanded its business in the Detroit metropolitan area to avoid entering areas lived in by a substantial number of minorities.

Under the settlement agreement entered into by the parties, the Defendant-lender agreed to conduct outreach and marketing efforts among Detroit's African-American community; to open three branch offices in predominantly African-American neighborhoods during the three year term of the settlement agreement; and to seek out African-American employees for hire and advancement.

Similar cases brought forth by the Department of Justice against lenders due to allegations of redlining include United States v. Centier Bank, United States v. First American Bank, and United States v. Citizens Republic Bancorp, Inc..

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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-area
Lending
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
General
Funding
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.
Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), 15 U.S.C. § 1691
Defendant(s) Old Kent Bank
Old Kent Financial Corporation
Plaintiff Description U.S. Department of Justice on behalf of persons who have been victims to Old Kent Bank and Old Kent Financial Corporation's discriminatory policies.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
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 2004 - 2007
Case Closing Year 2004
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
2:04-cv-71879-AJT-VMM (E.D. Mich.) 07/21/2004
FH-MI-0002-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 05/19/2004
FH-MI-0002-0001 PDF | Detail
Settlement Agreement 05/19/2004 (2004 WL 115779 / 2004 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 9235)
FH-MI-0002-0002 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Judges Morgan, Virginia M. (E.D. Mich.) [Magistrate]
FH-MI-0002-0002 | FH-MI-0002-9000
Tarnow, Arthur J. (E.D. Mich.)
FH-MI-0002-0002 | FH-MI-0002-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Acosta, R. Alexander (District of Columbia)
FH-MI-0002-0001 | FH-MI-0002-0002
Ashcroft, John (District of Columbia)
FH-MI-0002-0001 | FH-MI-0002-0002
Collins, Jeffrey (Michigan)
FH-MI-0002-0001 | FH-MI-0002-0002 | FH-MI-0002-9000
Levy, Judith Ellen (Michigan)
FH-MI-0002-0001 | FH-MI-0002-0002 | FH-MI-0002-9000
Moran, Timothy (District of Columbia)
FH-MI-0002-0001 | FH-MI-0002-0002 | FH-MI-0002-9000
O'Brian, Valerie R. (District of Columbia)
FH-MI-0002-0001 | FH-MI-0002-0002 | FH-MI-0002-9000
Rosenbaum, Steven H. (District of Columbia)
FH-MI-0002-0001 | FH-MI-0002-0002 | FH-MI-0002-9000
Thompson, Pamela (Michigan)
FH-MI-0002-0001 | FH-MI-0002-0002 | FH-MI-0002-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Martin, Rodney D. (Michigan)
FH-MI-0002-0002
Raman, Anand S. (District of Columbia)
FH-MI-0002-0002
Sandler, Andrew L. (District of Columbia)
FH-MI-0002-0002
Other Lawyers None on record

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