Farmers Settles Redlining Suit In Ohio

The Farmers Insurance Group is moving forward with some new standard operating procedures in Ohio after reaching a settlement last month with plaintiffs who charged the Los Angeles-based homeowners’ insurer with redlining minority urban neighborhoods in Ohio.

A consent decree was filed in the Lucas County Common Pleas Court on Oct. 11 in the consolidated cases of Toledo Fair Housing Center v. Farmers Insurance and Ohio Civil Rights Commission v. Farmers Insurance.

“The primary impetus for the lawsuits was Farmers’ underwriting guidelines, particularly as they related to homeowners being unable to obtain the best insurance products if their houses were beyond a certain age,” explained attorney Stephen M. Dane of the Toledo-based firm Cooper & Walinski. The firm represented the two individual plaintiffs, Monica Holiday-Goodman and Justina Alsup, and the Toledo Fair Housing Center in the lawsuit.

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