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Case Name U.S. v. Chevy Chase Federal Savings Bank FH-DC-0001
Docket / Court 1:94-cv-01829-JLG ( D.D.C. )
State/Territory District of Columbia
Case Type(s) Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance
Case Summary
The Department of Justice filed suit on August 22, 1994, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, alleging violations of the Fair Housing Act, 42 U.S.C. 3601-3619, and the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, 15 U.S.C. 1691-1691f. The DOJ alleged that the Defendant, the largest private ... read more >
The Department of Justice filed suit on August 22, 1994, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, alleging violations of the Fair Housing Act, 42 U.S.C. 3601-3619, and the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, 15 U.S.C. 1691-1691f. The DOJ alleged that the Defendant, the largest private lending institution in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, had expanded its business operations in recent years to accommodate growth in predominantly white areas while intentionally avoid[ing] the servicing of identifiably African American residential areas. The DOJ alleged that the Defendants' practices had the effect of redlining and represented race-based denials of credit for home purchases in violation of the FHA.

The same day the Complaint was filed U.S. District Court Judge June L. Green approved a consent decree between the parties. Under the consent decree, Chevy Chase denied any violation of federal anti-discrimination laws but agreed to invest $11 million in predominantly black neighborhoods, including $7 million specifically for home equity loans. The bank also agreed to market its products directly to predominantly black areas in the Washington metro region, to implement a training program for its staff, and to recruit minority employees to help it better serve Washington's black population. The District Court retained jurisdiction over the case for five years after the consent decree was entered.

Andrew Nash - 06/02/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
None on record
Causes of Action Fair Housing Act/Fair Housing Amendments Act (FHAA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 3601 et seq.
Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), 15 U.S.C. § 1691
Defendant(s) B.F. Saul Mortgage Company
Chevy Chase Federal Savings Bank
Plaintiff Description The U.S.A on behalf of those who were discriminated based on race regarding real estate related transactions with Chevy Chase, as in being denied dwellings to persons because of race, the sale of dwellings, and denying credit transactions.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 1994 - 1999
Case Closing Year 1994
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
1:94-cv-01829-JLG (D.D.C.) 08/24/1994
FH-DC-0001-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Consent Decree 08/22/1994
FH-DC-0001-0001 PDF | Detail
Complaint 08/22/1994
FH-DC-0001-0002 PDF | Detail
Judges Green, June Lazenby (D.D.C.)
FH-DC-0001-0001 | FH-DC-0001-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bates, John D. (District of Columbia)
FH-DC-0001-0001 | FH-DC-0001-0002
Hancock, Paul F. (District of Columbia)
FH-DC-0001-0001 | FH-DC-0001-0002
Holder, Eric H. Jr. (District of Columbia)
FH-DC-0001-0001 | FH-DC-0001-0002
Johnson, Madelyn E. (District of Columbia)
FH-DC-0001-0001 | FH-DC-0001-0002 | FH-DC-0001-9000
O'Brian, Valerie R. (District of Columbia)
FH-DC-0001-0001 | FH-DC-0001-0002
Patrick, Deval L. (District of Columbia)
FH-DC-0001-0001 | FH-DC-0001-0002
Reno, Janet (District of Columbia)
FH-DC-0001-0001 | FH-DC-0001-0002
Rivera, Frederick B. (District of Columbia)
FH-DC-0001-0001 | FH-DC-0001-0002
Defendant's Lawyers Bennett, Robert Stephen (District of Columbia)
FH-DC-0001-0001 | FH-DC-0001-9000
Mason, Heidi L. (District of Columbia)
FH-DC-0001-0001
Sandler, Andrew L. (District of Columbia)
FH-DC-0001-0001 | FH-DC-0001-9000
Sweet, William J. Jr. (District of Columbia)
FH-DC-0001-0001
Other Lawyers None on record

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