WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court's decision to hear a housing case could reshape the legal landscape for banks, potentially making it harder for the government or private parties to prove violations of a federal law that bans lending discrimination.

The case ostensibly has little to do with lenders, instead focusing on a fight between landlords and the city of St. Paul, Minnesota. Yet it goes to the heart of a legal theory used to prosecute and pursue banks for discrimination.

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