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.