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Verdell and Julie Franklin

Franklin v Beaudin, Ikens, et al.

#W20-116 | Location: Township of Hamburg | Court Level: Federal | Settlement: Non-disclosed

Categories: Race, Sales
Tags: African American, Black, real estate agent, Realtor

Verdell and Julie Franklin, an interracial couple, resolved their race discrimination lawsuit against two Livingston County Realtors and their brokers. The Franklins tried to purchase a lake home near friends when their sales agent told them that the owner would only take a full-price, cash office with no inspection. She refused to submit their offer of $300,000 on the house listed at $350,000. A week later, the home was sold to a white man for $300,000, with a mortgage, and an inspection.

FHC Cooperating Attorney Robin Wager along with Carrie McGehee of Pitt, McGehee, Bonanni & Rivers filed the case in the Eastern District of Michigan on January 15, 2021. The case was assigned to the Honorable George C. Steeh.

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