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New Jersey Citizens United v. Federal Housing Finance Agency

On behalf of New Jersey Citizens United and community groups from across the country, the ACLU-NJ is co-counsel with the national ACLU, the ACLU of Northern California, and the Center for Popular Democracy in a suit to compel the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) to provide details about the agency's relationship with the financial industry and its efforts to block municipalities from using eminent domain to prevent foreclosures. The lawsuit, brought in December 2013 under the Freedom of Information Act, seeks information about why the FHFA opposes the use of eminent domain for principal reduction, a tactic to reduce homeowner’s monthly bills that has been recommended by the Secretary of the Treasury as an effective tool to assist struggling homeowners and repair the nation’s housing market.

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