Clinton VP made name in $100-million ‘redlining’ case

by Ryan Smith25 Jul 2016
Before entering politics, Hillary Clinton’s running mate made his name as an attorney on a prominent “redlining” case.

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), a Harvard Law graduate, spent a good part of his law career on fair housing issues, according to a Law.com report.

“I brought dozens of lawsuits when I was in private practice, battling banks, landlords, real estate firms, insurance companies and even local governments that had treated people unfairly,” Kaine said Saturday at a Clinton rally.

In one of Kaine’s highest-profile cases, he won a $100 million jury verdict against Nationwide Mutual Insurance in a suit accusing the company of “redlining” – an illegal discriminatory practice in which minority neighborhoods are denied access to housing opportunity.

Kaine represented a nonprofit, Housing Opportunities Made Equal, which alleged that Nationwide had discriminated against African-American neighborhoods in Richmond, Va. The jury found for the plaintiffs, returning a $100 million verdict against Nationwide, according to Law.com.

The Virginia Supreme Court later overturned the verdict. However, Nationwide eventually reached a $17.5 million settlement with HOME – which netted Kaine’s law firm $5.8 million in fees.

“At the time I won that case, it was the biggest jury verdict ever in a civil rights case in American history,” Kaine said Saturday. “I like to fight.”
 

COMMENTS

  • by Eric T | 7/25/2016 3:33:55 PM

    I would say he likes to make money. Many of these cases do not actually prove any actual discrimination.

  • by NoSpinJustFacts. | 7/25/2016 3:37:28 PM

    Tim Kaine may like to fight instead of working cooperatively to bring about resolutions. Obviously, the VA Supreme Court found his fighting to be incompetent and overturned a verdict where Mr. Kaine mislead the jurors to an inappropriate verdict.

    His standing proudly in making this public proclamation of a fight he fought outside the boundaries of the Virginia law indicates he and Hillary have more in common besides their run for the White House; they are both narcissistic.

  • by SEB | 7/25/2016 3:57:54 PM

    If you turn a blind eye to the fact that there was a $17.5 million settlement - you can anything you like. If they weren't guilty, why did they settle. Additionally, you have no idea how many hours, months, years or personnel were spent in obtaining the outcome. I don't think you work for free. Liking to fight for equality and the rights of all is DEFINITELY something to be proud of. It's better than stiffing contractors (who ended up having to file bankruptcy) and who have already performed the work because they could "take me to court."

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