A federal judge has denied Bank of America’s motion for summary judgment after determining that a coalition of fair housing advocacy groups and individual homeowners introduced sufficient evidence connecting the bank’s alleged discriminatory maintenance and marketing of real estate owned properties in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.

In a March 24 opinion, U.S. District Judge Stephanie A. Gallagher of the District of Maryland rejected Bank of America’s attempt to have a Fair Housing Act case dismissed. The National Fair Housing Alliance, along with 19 additional fair housing organizations and two Maryland homeowners, filed a lawsuit against Bank of America and its maintenance vendor, Safeguard Properties Management, in 2018.