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Cook County accuses Bank of America of predatory lending

Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Chicago Tribune
by Mary Ellen Podmolik

Cook County on Monday filed a federal lawsuit against Bank of America and its subsidiaries, alleging that its mortgage lending and loan servicing practices were predatory and discriminatory, violating the federal Fair Housing Act.

Like a similar federal lawsuit filed last week against HSBC North American Holdings, the county claims that actions by Bank of America as well as Countrywide Financial and Merrill Lynch, both acquired in 2008, led to foreclosures that decreased the county’s tax base, adversely affecting minority communities and increasing the county’s costs associated with abandoned or vacant properties.

“This predatory lending crisis caused tremendous tangible and intangible damage, particularly to African-American and Latino communities in Cook County,” Cook County board president Toni Preckwinkle said in a statement.

A spokesman for Bank of America was not immediately available for comment.

 



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