A federal jury sided today with Bank of America, which was sued by an Arab-American charity in Southfield that had accused it of discriminating against them when it closed the charity’s bank accounts.
In 2012, Life for Relief and Development in Southfield filed a lawsuit in Detroit against Bank of America after it had closed its accounts. Bank of America officials have said their decision was not because of the Arab ethnicity of Life’s leaders.
A six-member jury in U.S. District Court in Detroit decided in favor of Bank of America after a trial that took place in front of Chief Judge Denise Page Hood. Closing arguments were held today and a verdict was returned in less than an hour.