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Judge Dearie http://nycourts.law.com/CourtDocumentViewer.asp?view=Document&docID=85942 LAWSUITS BY eight black first-time homebuyers alleging that New York’s United Homes LLC and a number of lawyers, appraisers, and lenders targeted minorities as part of a conspiracy to sell over-valued, defective homes financed with predatory loans, as part of a fraudulent property-flipping scheme, may proceed. In plaintiffs’ action for breach of anti-discrimination statutes, including the Fair Housing Act, the court determined that there were two core issues: Did plaintiffs sufficiently plead racial discrimination and were their claims against the individual defendants – lawyers, appraisers, lenders, and United Homes’ president – pleaded with sufficient specificity. Finding in plaintiffs’ favor the court, said that “[t]aken together, [plaintiffs'] allegations permit the inference that defendants sought to lure minority homebuyers into fraudulent transactions.” It also noted that “the highly interdependent nature of the alleged scheme underscores the contribution of each defendant to the conspiratorial endeavor.”

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