Fri., October 19, 2012 11:00am (EDT)

Counties Sue British Bank Over Mortgages
By Associated Press
Updated: 1 year ago

ATLANTA  —  
Three Georgia counties are suing a British bank, claiming that predatory lending harmed property owners as the housing market collapsed. Cobb, DeKalb and Fulton Counties filed the lawsuit Thursday against London-based HSBC in U.S. District Court in Atlanta. (Photo Courtesy of Sarah Gilbert via Flickr.)
Three Georgia counties are suing a British bank, claiming that predatory lending harmed property owners as the housing market collapsed. Cobb, DeKalb and Fulton Counties filed the lawsuit Thursday against London-based HSBC in U.S. District Court in Atlanta. (Photo Courtesy of Sarah Gilbert via Flickr.)
Three Georgia counties are suing a British bank, claiming that predatory lending harmed property owners as the housing market collapsed.

Cobb, DeKalb and Fulton Counties filed the lawsuit Thursday against London-based HSBC in U.S. District Court in Atlanta.

The lawsuit alleges that HSBC and its affiliates abused minority borrowers by putting them into mortgages they couldn't afford, or gouging consumers with high-priced loans and high fees when they might have qualified for cheaper mortgages.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the lawsuit is likely unprecedented in Georgia. It was filed under the federal Fair Housing Act and seeks unspecified damages

A spokesman for HSBC in New York did not immediately return a message seeking comment from the newspaper.