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PNC Bank Is Sued In NY For Usury As Buys BBVA Over Abstention Now More Delay

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, May 27 – PNC Bank and its Midland Loan Services have been sued for usury, predatory lending and civil conspiracy, under New York and Federal law.  

 The complaint docketed on December 29, 2020 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, which Inner City Press covers, describes PNC's lending on a number of homes and allegedly racking up $250 charges.

It questions the reporting on line 205 of the HUD statement. When the plaintiff questioned it, he was called an "assh*ole." 

 The case is filed while PNC seeks to buy the US retail banking business of BBVA for $16 billion, an application to the Federal Reserve Board and other regulators which is subject to the Community Reinvestment Act.

 On December 30 the case was assigned to SDNY District Judge P. Kevin Castel, who has ordered: "ORDER INITIAL PRETRIAL CONFERENCE: COUNSEL FOR PLAINTIFF (OR THE REMOVING DEFENDANT) SHALL IMMEDIATELY SEND A COPY OF THIS ORDER TO ALL PARTIES. Counsel for all parties shall appear for an Initial Pretrial Conference, held pursuant to Rule 16 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, March 1, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. Principal trial counsel shall appear at this and all subsequent conferences. SO ORDERED. Initial Conference set for 3/1/2021 at 12:00 PM before Judge P. Kevin Castel. (Signed by Judge P. Kevin Castel on 12/30/2020)."

  But after a conference was set for March 1, PNC's lawyers wrote in to get it pushed back to April 22. On April 8, PNC's lawyers wrote in again, asking for more delay to two weeks after any answer or motion to dismiss.

In May, the Federal Reserve approved, along with a rare abstention, PNC - BBVA.

Now on May 27, this: "Initial Pretrial Conference held on 5/27/2021. Plaintiffs second amended complaint due August 2, 2021. Defendants pre-motion letters addressed to the second amended complaint due by August 23, 2021. Plaintiffs response due September 9, 2021. Discovery stayed until further order of this Court."

 The case is Barli v. PNC Bank, NA et al., 20-cv-11027 (Castel)


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