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L.A. Now Live: Discuss L.A.'s suit against bank over blighted homes

July 17, 2012 |  6:00 am

Times reporters Jessica Garrison and Angel Jennings will join City Editor Shelby Grad to discuss the city of Los Angeles' latest lawsuit against a major bank over blighted and foreclosed homes.

The live chat is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday and questions can be submitted during the discussion.

On Monday, Los Angeles officials accused US Bank of illegally allowing many homes to deteriorate into slums. The civil allegations found problems in the way US Bank handled 1,500 home foreclosures and cited more than 150 homes that had fallen into disrepair. The city is demanding that the bank clean up vacant properties and improve conditions for families living in others.

The lawsuit marks the second time the city has accused a major bank of being a slumlord, part of an aggressive attempt to deal with the urban decay caused by the housing crash.