Litigation Updates

NOTICE:

Wednesday, 08 March 2017

The Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit (FHCMD) extends its thanks and appreciation to the plaintiffs, testers, witnesses and attorneys who have assisted the cause of fair housing by participating in the following litigations. 

New Filing: PHYLLIS DAVIS v. ECHO VALLEY CONDO ASSOCIATION

Monday, 09 April 2018
Davis filed a complaint with FHCMD in June 2017. Shortly after that, FHCMD sent a Request for Reasonable Accommodation for Davis, who suffers from asthma and is a breast cancer survivor. 

New Filing: RAVI KAPUR, SUNANDA KAPUR AND ROHIT KAPUR v. EASTWAYS FARM HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION

Monday, 09 April 2018
FHCMD Cooperating Attorney reported that he filed a lawsuit on February 22, 2018 at the United States District Court Eastern District of Michigan Southern Division federal court on behalf of Plaintiffs Ravi Kapur, Sunanda Kapur and Rohit Kapur against Defendants Eastways Farm Homeowners Association. This case was filed based on handicap (disability) and national origin discrimination in violation of the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988, 42 U.S.C. § 3604 (“FHAA”).1 9., including Article 5 of the Michigan Persons with Disabilities Civil Rights Act (“PWDCRA”), M.C.L. §§ 37.1101-37.1607, and the Michigan Elliot Larsen Civil Rights Act, M.C.L. §§ 37.2101-37.2804 (“ELCRA”). 11. 

New Filing: FHCWM et al v. MONARCH INVESTMENT & MANAGEMENT GROUP, LLC

Monday, 09 April 2018
The Fair Housing Center of West Michigan (“FHCWM”), the Fair Housing Center of Southeast & Mid Michigan (“FHCSEM”), the Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit (“FHCMD”), and the Fair Housing Center of Southwest Michigan (“FHCSWM”) collectively filed a joint complaint against Monarch Investment & Management Group, LLC (“Monarch” or “Respondent”), a property management company with multiple apartment complexes throughout Michigan, for its alleged pattern and practice of discrimination on the basis of familial status, in violation of the Fair Housing Act (“FHA”), 42 U.S.C. § 3601 et seq. 1.

New Filing: FHCMD v. THE GARDENS OF CLINTON

Monday, 09 April 2018
The Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit (FHCMD) has filed a federal court lawsuit against The Gardens of Clinton in Clinton Township. After several systemic tests were conducted in 2016, the results revealed that African American Testers received discriminatory treatment based on their race and were subjected to false representations of vacancies, including differences in treatment pertaining to the terms, conditions and services.

Settlement: MEER

Tuesday, 24 April 2018
The parties have agreed to resolve all of their differences without a determination by a jury. It is understood defendants deny all allegations of discrimination made by the plaintiff.

Filing: CURRAN & CHRISTIE, INC.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018
On December 1, 2016, FHCMD filed a lawsuit against Curran & Christie, Inc. ("Curran & Christie") and Century 21 Real Estate LLC ("Century 21 "). The parties have agreed to resolve all of their differences without a determination by a jury. Century 21 has been dismissed from the lawsuit.

New Filing: CAMERON, ROBIN v. FARMINGTON VILLAGE COOPERATIVE

Monday, 09 April 2018
The above referenced housing discrimination complaint, filed with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), was resolved by the execution of a HUD Conciliation Agreement, as provided under 810 (b) of the Fair Housing Act of 1968, as amended [42 U.S.C. 3601 et seq.].

Settled: SIMMONS v. VISION PROPERTY

Monday, 14 March 2016
The Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit (FHCMD) is pleased to announce a resolution. The plaintiff, Joyce Simmons, a resident of the Grosse Pointe Condominium community in Harper Woods, Michigan, made several requests to her landlord, Dieter Kies, to allow her a reserved handicap parking space close to her home.

New Filing: LIGI v. EMERALD APARTMENTS

Monday, 14 March 2016
Christina Ligi, a person with disabilities as defined as the FHAA of 1988, suffers from mental and physical illnesses. Upon the advice of her treating physician to use an emotional support animal to mitigate the symptoms of her disabilities, Ms. Ligi brought home a declawed, sprayed, immunized, therapy cat. Shortly thereafter, the defendant Connors threatened to have her evicted under a no pet policy.

New Filing: HARDY v. IRON STREET PROPERTIES

Monday, 14 March 2016
Dar’sha Hardy, an African American woman with a 5-year-old son, inquired about renting a dwelling at the Iron Properties, also doing business as River Park Lofts in Detroit. Upon her visit, a rental agent informed her of a “No Kids in This Building" policy. This policy is in clear violation of the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988 that prohibits discrimination against families under the age of 18 as set forth in the statute referred as Familial Status. 

Settled: MCBURROWS v. TOWNE MORTGAGE CO.

Friday, 21 August 2015

Attorney Tomkowiak reports to FHCMD of a resolution in the federal court action of Hiram McBurrows Jr., v. Towne Mortgage Company alleging violations of the Fair Lending laws on the basis of his race, African American, when the defendant rejected his application for a mortgage for a condominium located at 5000 Towne Tower located in Southfield. 

ANNOUNCED: A Complaint Challenges Oakland County, Michigan Housing Policies, Alleging That Expenditures Discriminated Against African American and Latino Households

Monday, 20 July 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On May 15, 2015, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee) filed an administrative complaint against Oakland County, Michigan with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on behalf of the Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit (FHC). 

Settled: BRITT v. ROYALE ORLEANS CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION

Monday, 20 July 2015

John and Ramona Britt, an interracial couple, have reached a settlement, the terms to remain undisclosed, in regards to their racial discrimination action filed against the Royale Orleans Condominium Association in the Wayne County Circuit Court.  The Condominium Association is located in Grosse Ile, Michigan a predominately white community and the Defendant condominium community mirrored the township.  

Settled: BRADLEY v. CHARBONNEAU

Monday, 20 July 2015

The Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit (FHCMD) is pleased to announce that one of the longest pending actions as well as issues that may very well a first impression in the annals of the Fair Housing Act since it was passed in 1968 has been resolved.

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