In twist, Philly man sues bank over mortgage, wins

February 22, 2011 1:41:01 PM PST
A Philadelphia man says he's getting "a little taste of justice" after settling a lawsuit against Wells Fargo & Co. over a mortgage dispute.

Music promoter Patrick Rodgers' lawsuit had prompted the scheduled sheriff's sale of a Wells Fargo branch.

But Rodgers says he'll instead get a $1,000 default judgment plus court costs.

Rodgers says he fought back when Wells Fargo demanded he quadruple his homeowner's coverage. He paid $180,000 for the home in 2002. Rodgers alleges that the bank, through his insurer, demanded replacement coverage for his six-bedroom Tudor in 2009. That appraisal topped $1 million.

Rodgers says many historic homes are worth only a fraction of the cost to rebuild them.

Wells Fargo says it never demanded $1 million worth of coverage. The settlement calls for $255,000 in coverage.

Action News interviewed Rodgers in a special report "Interview with a Philadelphia vampire."