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Case Name Ring v. First Interstate Mortgage, Inc. FH-MO-0001
Docket / Court 4:90-cv-00519-JCH ( E.D. Mo. )
State/Territory Missouri
Case Type(s) Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance
Case Summary
Plaintiff, a home developer, filed suit against Defendant-lenders in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, alleging violations of the Fair Housing Act, 42 U.S.C. 3601-3619. Plaintiff alleged that Defendant-lenders refused to lend to Plaintiff because Plaintiff developed ... read more >
Plaintiff, a home developer, filed suit against Defendant-lenders in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, alleging violations of the Fair Housing Act, 42 U.S.C. 3601-3619. Plaintiff alleged that Defendant-lenders refused to lend to Plaintiff because Plaintiff developed properties in predominantly minority neighborhoods. U.S. District Court Judge Jean C. Hamilton granted the Defendants' motion to dismiss after finding that Plaintiff had failed to state a cause of action under the FHA because Plaintiffs' allegations were too generalized.

On January 28, 1993, the Eighth Circuit reversed, finding that the Plaintiff's Complaint contained enough allegations to survive a motion to dismiss, and that the District Court should not have considered the likelihood of Plaintiff's ability to prove his claims at trial when ruling on a Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(6) motion. Ring v. First Interstate Mortg., Inc., 984 F.2d 924 (8th Cir. 1993).

On September 5, 1997, the Eighth Circuit affirmed District Court Judge Hamilton's grant of summary judgment to Defendants on Plaintiff's Amendment Complaint. Ring v. Fannie Mae, 1997 U.S. App. LEXIS 23517 (E.D. Mo. Sept. 5, 1997). The appellate court held that the Defendant was entitled to judgment as a matter of law because the Plaintiff had not actually applied for a loan from any of the Defendants.

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
Race, unspecified
Causes of Action Fair Housing Act/Fair Housing Amendments Act (FHAA), 42 U.S.C. ยงยง 3601 et seq.
Defendant(s) First Interstate Mortgage, Inc.
Plaintiff Description Developer alleging that the lenders refused to make loan based on racial composition of properties or neighborhoods involved.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought None on record
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 1998
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
4:90-cv-00519-JCH (E.D. Mo.) 08/13/1993
FH-MO-0001-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
[Order] 01/28/1993 (984 F.2d 924)
FH-MO-0001-0001 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
[Opinion] 09/05/1997 (124 F.3d 208)
FH-MO-0001-0002 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Opinion [Denying Writ of Certiorari] 03/09/1998 (523 U.S. 1006)
FH-MO-0001-0003 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Judges Arnold, Richard Sheppard (Eighth Circuit, E.D. Ark., W.D. Ark.)
FH-MO-0001-0002
Beezer, Robert R. (Ninth Circuit)
FH-MO-0001-0002
Bright, Myron H. (Eighth Circuit)
FH-MO-0001-0001
Hamilton, Jean Constance (E.D. Mo.)
FH-MO-0001-9000
Loken, James B. (Eighth Circuit)
FH-MO-0001-0001
Wollman, Roger Leland (Eighth Circuit)
FH-MO-0001-0001 | FH-MO-0001-0002
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers McClosky, Mark T. (Illinois)
FH-MO-0001-0001 | FH-MO-0001-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Bick, James P. Jr. (Missouri)
FH-MO-0001-0001
Cummings, Thomas (Missouri)
FH-MO-0001-9000
Ebling, Samuel C. (Missouri)
FH-MO-0001-0001 | FH-MO-0001-9000
Mayfield, Andrew B. (Missouri)
FH-MO-0001-0001
Sanders, Steven P. (Missouri)
FH-MO-0001-0001 | FH-MO-0001-9000
Weaver, Blumeyer Thomas (Missouri)
FH-MO-0001-0001
Other Lawyers None on record

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