First Tennessee Bank reaches $1.9 million settlement over discriminatory lending

Not nearly enough – just another pittance settlement. In the scheme of things it equates to a kiss on the cheek.

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For the second time in just over six months, First Tennessee Bank, the regional bank for First Horizon National, is settling with the federal government over allegations that it violated U.S. lending laws.

In June 2015, First Tennessee Bank agreed to pay $212.5 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by “knowingly originating and underwriting mortgage loans insured by the Federal Housing Administration that did not meet applicable requirements.”

That settlement resolved allegations that First Tennessee failed to comply with FHA origination, underwriting and quality control requirements.

As part of the settlement, First Tennessee admitted that from January 2006 through October 2008, it “repeatedly certified” for FHA insurance mortgage loans that did not meet the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s underwriting requirements.

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