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City of Miami Heads to the U.S. Supreme Court in Reverse Redline Discrimination Lawsuits

(Miami, FL November 7, 2016) - Tomorrow, Commissioner Francis Suarez will be representing the City of Miami before the United States Supreme Court in lawsuits the city brought against various banks for discriminatory mortgage lending practices that cost the city revenues and resources.

Miami filed the lawsuits against Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and Citigroup in late 2013, alleging that these banks violated the federal Fair Housing Act by engaging in a lengthy pattern and practice of steering minority borrowers into more expensive and higher risk mortgages than loans that were issued to similarly situated white borrowers. Commissioner Suarez sponsored the Resolution authorizing these lawsuits.

At the Supreme Court tomorrow, our country's highest judiciary will hear argument as to whether Miami can proceed with its claims and vindicate its rights on behalf of the community under the Fair Housing Act.

"We intend to pursue these claims aggressively," said Commissioner Suarez, "and hold these banks responsible for their discriminatory lending practices. We aim to make our residents and our city whole."


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