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Case Name City of Memphis v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. FH-TN-0002
Docket / Court 2:09-cv-02857-STA-cgc ( W.D. Tenn. )
State/Territory Tennessee
Case Type(s) Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance
Attorney Organization Relman, Dane & Colfax
Case Summary
On April 7, 2010, the City of Memphis filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, Western Division under Tennessee state law and the Fair Housing Act against Wells Fargo Bank. The Plaintiff, represented by private counsel, asked the court for ... read more >
On April 7, 2010, the City of Memphis filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, Western Division under Tennessee state law and the Fair Housing Act against Wells Fargo Bank. The Plaintiff, represented by private counsel, asked the court for injunctive, monetary, and declaratory relief, claiming that the Defendant's unlawful, irresponsible, unfair, deceptive, and discriminatory lending practices resulted in injuries to Memphis's minority neighborhoods. Two other cases -- Baltimore v. Wells Fargo and U.S. v. Wells Fargo made essentially equivalent allegations.

The Plaintiffs alleged that since 2000, the Defendant had engaged in a pattern or practice of targeting African-American neighborhoods in Memphis and Shelby County for deceptive, predatory, or otherwise unfair lending practices.

In 2012, according to newspaper reports, the parties reached a settlement in which the Defendant agreed to pay $3 million to the city and county to support economic development and $4.5 million in grants for mortgage down payments and home renovations. The Defendant also set a lending goal of $425 million for residents of Memphis and Shelby County over the next five years. This figure included $125 million earmarked for low and moderate income borrowers. On July 3, 2012, the case was dismissed with prejudice on the plaintiffs' motion. The consent decree ran its course with no further activity in the court.

Gregory Pitt - 07/24/2012
Asma Husain - 01/31/2016


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Defendant-type
Bank or credit provider
Discrimination-area
Lending
General
Predatory lending
Plaintiff Type
City/County Plaintiff
Causes of Action Fair Housing Act/Fair Housing Amendments Act (FHAA), 42 U.S.C. ยงยง 3601 et seq.
State law
Defendant(s) Wells Fargo Bank
Plaintiff Description City of Memphis and Shelby County
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Relman, Dane & Colfax
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Private Settlement Agreement
Order Duration 2012 - 2017
Filing Year 2009
Case Closing Year 2017
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing FH-MD-0001 : City of Baltimore v. Wells Fargo (D. Md.)
FH-DC-0005 : United States of America v. Wells Fargo Bank (D.D.C.)
Additional Resources
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  See this case at CourtListener.com (May provide additional documents and, for active cases, real-time alerts)
  Wells Fargo settlement: An important victory for minority homeowners, communities
http://www.pbs.org
Date: Jun. 28, 2012
By: Ray Brescia
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Docket(s)
2:09−cv−02857 (W.D. Tenn.)
FH-TN-0002-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/27/2012
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
FIRST AMENDED COMPLAINT FOR DECLARATORY AND INJUNCTIVE RELIEF AND DAMAGES [ECF# 29]
FH-TN-0002-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/07/2010
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiffs' Motion to Dismiss With Prejudice [ECF# 120]
FH-TN-0002-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/03/2012
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Granting Plaintiffs' Motion to Dismiss [ECF# 121] (W.D. Tenn.)
FH-TN-0002-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/03/2012
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judgment in a Civil Case [ECF# 122] (W.D. Tenn.)
FH-TN-0002-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/27/2012
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges Anderson, S. Thomas (W.D. Tenn.) show/hide docs
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Claxton, Charmiane G. (W.D. Tenn.) [Magistrate] show/hide docs
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Plaintiff's Lawyers Allen, Mark A. (Tennessee) show/hide docs
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Barlow, Steven E (Tennessee) show/hide docs
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Blower, Bradley Howard (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Brewer, Webb A. (Tennessee) show/hide docs
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Cacace, Megan (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Dandridge, Patrick (Tennessee) show/hide docs
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Davis, Barbaralette G (Tennessee) show/hide docs
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Kuhn, Brian L. (Tennessee) show/hide docs
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Morris, Herman Jr. (Tennessee) show/hide docs
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Ramchandani, Tara Kolar (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Willis, Craig E. (Tennessee) show/hide docs
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Defendant's Lawyers Feibelman, Jef (Tennessee) show/hide docs
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Hagerman, Jennifer Shorb (Tennessee) show/hide docs
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Hletko, Valerie L. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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