Trustmark National Bank
On October 22, 2021, the Bureau, together with the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), filed a complaint and proposed consent order in the federal district court for the Western District of Tennessee in settlement of claims against Trustmark National Bank (Trustmark), which is headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi. The joint complaint alleged that Trustmark engaged in unlawful discrimination against applicants and prospective applicants, including by redlining majority Black and Hispanic communities in the Memphis, Tennessee-Mississippi-Arkansas Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) and engaged in acts and practices directed at prospective applicants that would discourage prospective applicants from applying for credit in violation of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), Regulation B, and the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 (CFPA). In the joint complaint, DOJ also alleged that Trustmark’s conduct violated the Fair Housing Act (FHA). The Consent Order, as entered by the court on October 27, 2021, requires Trustmark to invest $3.85 million in a loan subsidy program that will offer qualified applicants for credit secured by properties in majority Black and Hispanic neighborhoods in Memphis loans on a more affordable basis than otherwise available from Trustmark; open a new loan production office in a majority Black and Hispanic neighborhood in the Memphis MSA; fund targeted advertising to generate applications for credit from qualified consumers in majority Black and Hispanic neighborhoods in Memphis; and take other remedial steps to improve its fair lending compliance and serve the credit needs of majority Black and Hispanic neighborhoods in the Memphis MSA. The order also requires Trustmark to pay a civil money penalty of $5 million, $4 million of which would be remitted as a penalty paid to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency for FHA violations arising from the same conduct alleged in the complaint.