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Case Name City of Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations v. Key Bank USA FH-PA-0002
Docket / Court 2:04-cv-01034-DSC-FXC ( W.D. Pa. )
State/Territory Pennsylvania
Case Type(s) Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance
Case Summary
Plaintiff, a municipal civil rights commission, filed suit in state court against the Defendant-lenders, alleging that Defendant-lenders discriminated against a married minority couple who sought a home improvement loan in violation of the Fair Housing Act (FHA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 3601-3619, and the ... read more >
Plaintiff, a municipal civil rights commission, filed suit in state court against the Defendant-lenders, alleging that Defendant-lenders discriminated against a married minority couple who sought a home improvement loan in violation of the Fair Housing Act (FHA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 3601-3619, and the Pittsburgh city code. Defendant-lenders removed the case to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, which dismissed the Plaintiffs' FHA claim on standing grounds but remanded the claim based on violation of city code back to state court.

Defendants appealed the District Court's refusal to dismiss the city code-based claim for lack of standing. On January 24, 2006, the Third Circuit affirmed the District Court's ruling, holding that the lower court did not abuse its discretion when remanding the remaining city code-based claim to state court instead of dismissing it outright. City of Pittsburgh Comm'n on Human Relations v. Key Bank USA, 163 Fed. Appx. 163 (3d Cir. 2006).

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
City/County Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Fair Housing Act/Fair Housing Amendments Act (FHAA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 3601 et seq.
Defendant(s) Key Bank USA
Plaintiff Description Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations, on behalf of homeowners seeking a home improvement loan who were allegedly improperly asked their race when applying for the loan.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Unknown
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Unknown
Source of Relief Unknown
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
2:04-cv-01034-DSC-FXC (W.D. Pa.) 02/15/2006
FH-PA-0002-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Opinion [Court of Appeals] 01/24/2006 (163 Fed.Appx. 163)
FH-PA-0002-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Judges Becker, Edward Roy (E.D. Pa., Third Circuit)
FH-PA-0002-0001
Caiazza, Francis X. (W.D. Pa.) [Magistrate]
FH-PA-0002-9000
Cercone, David S. (W.D. Pa.)
FH-PA-0002-9000
Nygaard, Richard Lowell (Third Circuit)
FH-PA-0002-0001
Smith, David Brooks (W.D. Pa., Third Circuit)
FH-PA-0002-0001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Ruder, Jeffrey J. (Pennsylvania)
FH-PA-0002-0001 | FH-PA-0002-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Bentz, Amy E. (Pennsylvania)
FH-PA-0002-0001 | FH-PA-0002-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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