University of Michigan Law School
Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse
new search
page permalink
Case Name Walton v. Centrust Mortgage FH-OH-0013
Docket / Court 3:91-cv-07317-4725 ( N.D. Ohio )
State/Territory Ohio
Case Type(s) Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance
Attorney Organization Relman, Dane & Colfax
Case Summary
On June 3, 1991, an African-American couple and the Toledo Fair Housing Center filed this suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio under the Fair Housing Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 3601 et seq., against Centrust Mortgage Corporation.

The plaintiffs, represented by ... read more >
On June 3, 1991, an African-American couple and the Toledo Fair Housing Center filed this suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio under the Fair Housing Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 3601 et seq., against Centrust Mortgage Corporation.

The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, alleged that Centrust engaged in discriminatory mortgage lending practices. According to an article in CQ Researcher, in October 1990 the couple waited in line for two days outside the Centrust offices for the chance to receive one of a small number of loans offered to first-time home buyers. Having been preapproved two weeks earlier, the couple was shocked when their application was ultimately denied, particularly after learning that white couples with whom they had become friendly while waiting in line had been approved. The couple went to the Toledo Fair Housing Center for help, which led to this suit. The case was referred to Magistrate Judge James G. Carr for pretrial proceedings, which continued throughout 1991. After months of inactivity, the parties reached an out-of-court settlement for a reported $20,000. The District Court (Judge Bernard Friedman) dismissed the case on August 4, 1992.

Because the case is old, we have been unable to obtain copies of the documents in the PACER docket.

Robert Lake - 06/22/2015


compress summary

- click to show/hide ALL -
Issues and Causes of Action
click to show/hide detail
Issues
Defendant-type
Bank or credit provider
Discrimination-area
Housing Sales/Rental
Lending
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
General
Disparate Impact
Disparate Treatment
Housing
Housing assistance
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Fair Housing Act/Fair Housing Amendments Act (FHAA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 3601 et seq.
Defendant(s) Centrust Mortgage Corporation
Plaintiff Description An African-American couple and the Toledo Fair Housing Center
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Relman, Dane & Colfax
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Damages
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Private Settlement Agreement
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 1992
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
click to show/hide detail
Case Studies Housing Discrimination: Are minorities still treated unfairly?
Written: Feb. 24, 1995
By: Charles S. Clark (CQ Researcher)
Citation: 5:8 CQ Researcher 169 (1995)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Insurer Must Pay $100.5 Million in Redlining Case
The New York Times
Written: Oct. 27, 1998
By: Joseph B. Treaster
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Nationwide Settles Virginia Redlining Suit
Property Casualty 360
Written: May. 06, 2000
By: Amanda Levin
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  The Origins of Fair Lending Litigation
Written: Dec. 04, 2008
By: Andrew Nash (Washington University in St. Louis)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
3:91−cv−07317 (N.D. Ohio) 08/04/1992
FH-OH-0013-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
No documents currently in the collection
Judges Carr, James G. (FISC, N.D. Ohio) [Magistrate]
FH-OH-0013-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Dane, Stephen M. (District of Columbia)
FH-OH-0013-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Ryan, Terrance L. (Ohio)
FH-OH-0013-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

- click to show/hide ALL -

new search
page permalink

- top of page -