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Case Name Steptoe v. Savings of America FH-OH-0002
Docket / Court 3:89-cv-07329-4725 ( N.D. Ohio )
State/Territory Ohio
Case Type(s) Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance
Case Summary
Plaintiffs, a minority couple and a neighborhood association, filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio on May 30, 1989, alleging violations of the Fair Housing Act (FHA), 42 U.S.C. 3601-3619, federal civil rights statutes, 42 U.S.C. 1981, 1982, and 1985(3), and the ... read more >
Plaintiffs, a minority couple and a neighborhood association, filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio on May 30, 1989, alleging violations of the Fair Housing Act (FHA), 42 U.S.C. 3601-3619, federal civil rights statutes, 42 U.S.C. 1981, 1982, and 1985(3), and the Civil Rights Act of 1966, 42 U.S.C. 2000d. The individual Plaintiffs had applied for a loan from the Defendant-lender to purchase a home in a racially mixed area. After the Defendant-lender's appraiser initially priced the house at the Plaintiffs' purchase price, the appraiser subsequently reduced the assessment, leading the Defendant-lender to deny the Plaintiffs' loan application. Another purchaser subsequently bought the house for the original appraisal value.

On August 24, 1992, U.S. District Court Judge Nicholas J. Walinski granted in part and denied in part the Defendant-lender's motion for summary judgment. Steptoe v. Savings of America, 800 F. Supp. 1542 (N.D. Ohio 1992). Judge Walinski dismissed the Plaintiffs' claim under 42 U.S.C. 1985(3), finding that the Defendant-lender could not conspire with itself to deprive the Plaintiffs of their civil rights. The court also granted the Defendant-lender's motion with respect to the Plaintiffs' claim under 42 U.S.C. 2000d, finding that the Defendant-lender had not obstructed Plaintiffs' access to federal funds. Judge Walinski denied, however, the Defendant-lender's motion for summary judgment with respect to the FHA, Section 1981, and Section 1982 claims.

On September 25, 1994, the Plaintiffs dismissed the case pursuant to a plea agreement.

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
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Fair Housing Act/Fair Housing Amendments Act (FHAA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 3601 et seq.
42 U.S.C. § 1982
42 U.S.C. § 1981
Defendant(s) Savings of America, Residential Loans
Plaintiff Description Black couple attempting to buy a house who alleged that the defendant used appraisal and loan process to discriminate against them.
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 Unknown
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Private Settlement Agreement
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 1994
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
3:89-cv-07329-4725 (N.D. Ohio) 09/26/1994
FH-OH-0002-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Memorandum and Order [Granting in Part and Denying in Part Defendant's Motion for S/J] 08/24/1992 (800 F.Supp. 1542) (N.D. Ohio)
FH-OH-0002-0001 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Walinski, Nicholas Joseph Jr. (N.D. Ohio)
FH-OH-0002-0001 | FH-OH-0002-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers McCarter, C. Thomas (Ohio)
FH-OH-0002-0001 | FH-OH-0002-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Dawson, Jennifer J (Ohio)
FH-OH-0002-0001 | FH-OH-0002-9000
Whipple, Mary Ann (Ohio)
FH-OH-0002-0001 | FH-OH-0002-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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