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Outten & Golden LLP: Court Rules Wells Fargo Lending Discrimination Lawsuit Can Proceed

Aug 10, 2017 / Press Release
A California federal court ruled that a lawsuit alleging Wells Fargo illegally denied qualified college students and other applicants loans because of their citizenship or immigration status can go forward, Outten & Golden LLP and co-counsel said today. U.S. District Judge Maxine M. Chesney of Northern District of California ruled that the plaintiffs can pursue claims against Wells Fargo under a federal law that prohibits alienage discrimination and under a California law that prohibits discrimination based on immigration status. Wells Fargo had argued that federal law permits the bank to...
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Wells Fargo Must Face Immigrant Credit Discrimination Case

Aug 7, 2017 / Media Coverage
A California federal judge on Thursday allowed a proposed class of authorized immigrants allegedly denied the opportunity to apply for credit to bring a lending discrimination case against Wells Fargo & Co., asserting that they had standing to sue under a federal statute she interpreted as broadly prohibiting any kind of discrimination against credit applicants. District Judge Maxine Chesney determined that the putative class — which includes immigrants with work authorization under the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — brought valid claims under the...
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Immigrants Denied Credit by Wells Fargo May Sue Bank, Judge Says

Aug 7, 2017 / Media Coverage
Young immigrants denied credit by Wells Fargo Bank because they are not permanent U.S. residents can sue the bank under a post-Civil War law barring discrimination on the basis of immigration status, a federal judge ruled. In a decision on Thursday, U.S. District Judge Maxine Chesney in San Francisco rejected Wells Fargo's argument that lenders are permitted under a more recent federal anti-discrimination law to consider immigration status before granting loans. Filed in January, the proposed class action accused Wells Fargo of denying student loans and credit cards to immigrants granted work...
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Lawsuit claiming Wells Fargo illegally denied loans to DACA beneficiaries can go forward, court says

Aug 4, 2017 / Media Coverage
A U.S. District Court judge ruled Thursday, Aug. 3, that a lawsuit claiming Wells Fargo illegally denied loans to young immigrants with temporary legal status can go forward. UC Riverside student Mitzie Perez sought a student loan through Wells Fargo’s website and was denied because she acknowledged that she’s not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, according to the suit filed by the Los Angeles-based Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, or MALDEF. Judge Maxine M. Chesney of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California ruled late Thursday that the...
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Federal Court Rules Lawsuit Alleging Lending Discrimination Against Immigrants by Wells Fargo Can Go Forward

Aug 4, 2017 / Press Release
An argument by Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. that federal law permits the bank to discriminate against certain immigrants was rejected by a federal judge, ruling in a lawsuit alleging that the financial giant illegally denied qualified applicants, including college students, loans because of their alienage or immigration status. The suit, brought by MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund) and Outten & Golden LLP on behalf of six individuals who were granted status under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA, and the California League of United Latin American...
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Wells Fargo Sued For Discriminatory Lending Practices Against Certain Immigrants

Feb 14, 2017 / Media Coverage
Wells Fargo & Co. illegally denied qualified applicants, including a college student, loans because of their immigration status, according to a federal lawsuit filed Monday. The suit, brought by MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund) and Outten & Golden LLP on behalf of a college student who was granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA, and the California League of United Latin American Citizens, alleges Wells Fargo violated federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination based on alienage and immigration status. “All students should be treated...
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An Undocumented Student Was Denied A Wells Fargo Loan And Now She's Suing

Feb 14, 2017 / Media Coverage
A UC Riverside student is accusing Wells Fargo of illegally denying private bank loans to young undocumented immigrants due to their citizenship status. Mitzie Perez, a third-year undergraduate student in UC Riverside, is enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, a program enacted by the Obama administration that lets some young undocumented immigrants remain in the US to study and work. When Perez attempted to apply for a student loan with Wells Fargo last August, the online application system required her to enter her citizenship status, according to the lawsuit filed...
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Student aid options for unauthorized immigrants in California

Feb 9, 2017 / Media Coverage
UC Riverside student Mitzie Perez sued Wells Fargo last week for denying her a private student loan because she is not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. “As a result of Wells Fargo’s denial, Ms. Perez was forced to cover her entire tuition using various credit cards,” the lawsuit said. This makes it sound as if the only options for students who are unauthorized immigrants in California are private loans and credit cards. Although they are not eligible for federal grants, loans or work-study, those students in California who meet certain requirements have access to the same state aid...
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Suit Challenges Denial of Education Loans to Unauthorized Immigrants

Feb 5, 2017 / Media Coverage
Student loan debt is not something most people covet, but for Mitzie Perez, a 25-year-old university student in California, borrowing money to cover her tuition bills would be a boon. Ms. Perez is an undocumented immigrant who was illegally brought to the United States from Guatemala in 1997, when she was 5 years old. She was sheltered from deportation by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, an Obama-era initiative that grants some protections to those who were brought here as children. But Ms. Perez, a junior majoring in gender and sexuality studies at the...
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