Coakley: Supreme Court Must Allow Housing Claims

October 29, 2013
WGGB Fox News 6 (MA)  
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With backing from 11 other states, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of "disparate impact." In it, she urged the justices to uphold the use of this principle as a tool for maintaining equal access to housing and for uncovering bias.

Coakley noted that Massachusetts and other states have cited disparate impact -- which refers to policies that disproportionately hurt minorities even when the discrimination is not deliberate -- in cases against banks and mortgage companies that made risky, subprime loans to distressed minority borrowers. The brief also was signed by California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, and Washington.

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