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Wells Fargo Lending Discrimination Lawsuit


Outten & Golden LLP and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) have filed a nationwide civil rights class action lawsuit against Wells Fargo on behalf of six individual plaintiffs with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status and an organizational plaintiff, the California League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC). The lawsuit alleges that Wells Fargo violated federal and California civil rights law, including 42 U.S.C. § 1981 and the Unruh Civil Rights Act, by refusing outright to extend credit to non-citizens with DACA and other legally protected statuses. The plaintiffs allege that Wells Fargo refused to extend credit even where applicants had qualified co-signers. Wells Fargo’s discriminatory lending policies impose significant burdens on the ability of the plaintiffs and the proposed class members to access credit and build a better life for themselves in the United States.

The case is Perez v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., No. 17-cv-00454 in the U.S. District for the Northern District of California. To view a copy of the operative complaint, please click here. On August 3, 2017, U.S. District Judge Maxine M. Chesney substantially denied Wells Fargo’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit.

If Wells Fargo has denied you any form of credit, including student loans, credit cards, personal loans, small business loans, auto loans, or home mortgages, because of your DACA or other immigration status, please visit the Wells Fargo case website.

For more information, please contact Michael N. Litrownik, or call 212-245-1000.