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Case Name United States v. Beneficial Corp. FH-NJ-0001
Docket / Court 79-1393 ( D.N.J. )
State/Territory New Jersey
Case Type(s) Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
On May 8, 1978, the United States filed this suit against Beneficial Corporation and Beneficial Management Corporation ("Beneficial"), alleging violations of §§ 1691-1691f of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act ("ECOA" or the "Act"), Pub.L. No. 94-239, 90 Stat. 251 et seq., 15 U.S.C. § 1691 et seq. ... read more >
On May 8, 1978, the United States filed this suit against Beneficial Corporation and Beneficial Management Corporation ("Beneficial"), alleging violations of §§ 1691-1691f of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act ("ECOA" or the "Act"), Pub.L. No. 94-239, 90 Stat. 251 et seq., 15 U.S.C. § 1691 et seq. (1976) and its implementing provision, Regulation B, 12 C.F.R. § 202. The complaint alleged that Beneficial had discriminated against credit applicants on the basis of marital status and age and further had failed to supply rejected applicants with the required notice. The United States sought both injunctive relief and money damages on behalf of affected individuals.

On November 19, 1979, Beneficial sought partial summary judgment, claiming that, as a matter of law, the Government has no statutory authority to seek legal money damages. On June 1, 1980, U.S. District Court Judge Sarokin agreed, holding that the ECOA authorized injunctive relief but not money damages. United States v. Beneficial Corp., 492 F. Supp. 682 (D.N.J. 1980). The District Court's decision was affirmed on appeal, without reported opinion. 673 F.2d 1302 (Table).

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Andrew Nash - 06/02/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-basis
Age discrimination
Race discrimination
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Causes of Action Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), 15 U.S.C. § 1691
Defendant(s) Beneficial Management Corporation
Plaintiff Description United States of America, on behalf of credit applicants who were allegedly discriminated against by the defendant based on marital status and age.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Opinion 05/27/1980 (492 F.Supp. 682) (D.N.J.)
FH-NJ-0001-0001 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Sarokin, H. Lee (Third Circuit, D.N.J.)
FH-NJ-0001-0001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Barrett, Michael L. (District of Columbia)
FH-NJ-0001-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Dennis, Warren L. (District of Columbia)
FH-NJ-0001-0001
Other Lawyers None on record

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