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Activists plan march to call for end to predatory lending

Press Release for Thursday, September 30, 1999

Ms. Floree Lowery of Asheville, NC wanted a home equity loan. She became a victim of predatory lending by United Company Lending. She was charged $3,090 in broker fees, 9.25% ($9527.50) in origination fees, and her loan violated truth in lending laws by hiding the actual annual interest rate. Ms. Lowery will tell her story at a rally at the Richmond Federal Reserve Bank in Charlotte, North Carolina, Friday, October 1 at 3:00.

Activists Gather to Call for End to Predatory Lending and to Support the CRA

Press Release for Thursday September 30, 1999

At a rally on Friday in uptown Charlotte, North Carolina community groups will endorse The Money Store as a place borrowers will be treated fairly when seeking a home equity loan in North Carolina. the first and only lender to receive such an endorsement from those groups most active in the fight against predatory lending.

N.C. A.G. Files Lawsuit Against Bank Making Predatory Payday Loans

    Monday, January 14, 2002 

Contact:  Peter Skillern, CRA*NC 919-667-1557 ext 22. 

Citing predatory bank practices that circumvent state consumer protection laws, three bank watchdog agencies today announced an initiative to protest banks' ability
to rent their charters to payday lenders.  The Community Reinvestment Association Reinvestment Committee (San Francisco, CA) and the Woodstock Institute (Chicago, Ill) all expressed strong support of the North Carolina suit against Ace Cash Express and Goleta National Bank.

Tourette's Sufferer Receives $385,000 Payment to Settle Housing Discrimination Case

Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc.
August 17, 2000
CONTACT: Ross B. Bricker, Attorney, Jenner & Block (312) 923-4524
Nina E. Vinik, Fair Housing Project Director, Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc., (312) 630-9744

The Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc.

Lawsuit Claims Sussex County is Discriminating Against Residents with Disabilities

Community Legal Aid Society, Inc.
Disabilities Law Program
Community Service Building
100 W. 10th Street, Suite 801
Wilmington, DE 19801
Phone: (302) 575 - 0660 Fax: (302) 575 - 0840

March 7, 2003

Contact: Daniel Atkins, Esq. (302) 575 - 0660 ext. 229
Beth Peppers, Esq. (410) 752 - 2744 ext.

Montgomery, Ala., Jury finds Real Estate Company Guilty Of Discrimination

Leslie Proll , NAACP Legal Defense Educational Fund (202) 682-1300 or
Faith Cooper , Central Alabama Fair Housing Center (334) 263-4663

April 9, 2002

In an unprecedented victory, a jury on April 5 awarded a local African American real estate agent $100,000 in compensatory and punitive damages against Lowder Realty in a race discrimination case. The agent, P.R. Hall, charged the company with steering business to real estate agents on the basis of race.

Housing investigation reveals overwhelming race discrimination against african-american renters in Selma, Ala.

(MONTGOMERY, Ala., March 7, 2000) --  Thirty-five years after the historic Selma to Montgomery march, African-American residents of Selma face pervasive discrimination in housing in the very city where civil rights history was made.

African-Americans participating in a study conducted by the Central Alabama Fair Housing Center beginning in May 1999 were discriminated against fifteen out of rental housing in Selma. The Fair Housing Center sent trained volunteers, or "testers", to several apartment complexes in the city.


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