Supreme Court Takes Up the Scope of the Fair Housing Act

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Today, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on a case that questions the scope of the Fair Housing Act (FHA).

The case was brought forward by the city of Miami, which alleges that banks like Wells Fargo and Bank of America have violated the FHA by offering predatory loans to African Americans and Latinos. The city contends that the banks' practices caused them to lose tax revenue, and as a result, the city says it's had to spend more on law enforcement in run down neighborhoods.

Amy Howea reporter for SCOTUS Blog, explains what the FHA actually protects, and what would qualify as a violation of the act.