Litigation Updates

DISABILITY STATUS - In an agency-plaintiff case, the Long Island Housing Center filed a Havens complaint against Main Street LI LLC

Friday, 02 August 2013

DISABILITY STATUS - In an agency-plaintiff case, the Long Island Housing Center filed a Havens complaint against Main Street LI LLC, after obtaining extensive testing extensive, which demonstrated steering applicants with disabilities; provided false information regarding available, quoted higher prices as well as refusing requests for reasonable accommodations and modifications. The LIHC obtained a settlement of $136,000, No.2: 11 cv 01210 (E.D. N.Y. Jan. 10, 2012)! In Long v. Merritt Towers Condominium Association, 2013 U.S. Dist LEXIS 31662, (M.D, Fla. Feb 16, 2013), a friend with a disability who had a service animal was not permitted to visit and care for a tenant. $80,000 settlement. The plaintiff was represented by Matthew Dietz of Miami, Florida, who also prevailed in trial on behalf of two blind women who were denied a dwelling. The plaintiffs were awarded $8,000 and the court awarded attorney fees and costs of $186,000 Herrin v Lamachys Village at Indigo Lakes, Inc., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 19307 (M.D. Fla.,Feb. 16,2012)

SEX DISCRIMINATION: In U.S. v Sorenson, No. 1:11-cv-00511

Friday, 02 August 2013

SEX DISCRIMINATION: In U.S. v Sorenson, No. 1:11-cv-00511 (E.D. Cal.,September 13, 2012) (consent order filed), the Justice Department obtained a settlement of $2,000,000 and a $55,000 civil fine, in a sex harassment case involving 25 victims of the defendant. Also, DOJ obtained a similar settlement in New York in U.S. v. Barnason, No. 10 CIV 3335 ( S.D.N.Y., May 9, 2012). An owner and the offending maintenance man were enjoined from ever participating in the business.

RACE DISCRIMINATION: The Justice Department obtained a settlement of $21,000,000 against SunTrust Mortgage

Friday, 02 August 2013

RACE DISCRIMINATION: The Justice Department obtained a settlement of $21,000,000 against SunTrust Mortgage to settle claims of lending discrimination against African American applicants. No.3:12-cv-397 (E.D. Va. May 12, 2012)(consent order filed).

FAMIIAL STATUS: A federal jury awarded over $1,000,400 in Whyte v. Alston Management Co.

Friday, 02 August 2013

FAMIIAL STATUS: A federal jury awarded over $1,000,400 in Whyte v. Alston Management Co., arising in Pahokee, Florida. The defendants attempted to force families with children from an apartment complex and turn it into homes for convicted sex offenders. The Fair Housing Center of the Greater Palm Beaches investigated the matter and referred the matter to the law firm of Relman, Dane & Colfax. Of that award, over $600,000 was awarded to 13 family members wrongfully evicted by the defendants and over $46,000 to the local fair housing center.

FHCMD v. Shelby Park Manor

Friday, 02 August 2013

A settlement of $100,000 in the matter of FHCMD v. Shelby Park Manor has been reached, reports Cooperating Attorney John A. Obee. After more than a year of testing, the Shelby Township property showed evidence of differences in treatment on the basis of race and familial status. FHCMD filed an action in Federal Court earlier this year...

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Assists in Reaching Settlement in a Mortgage Discrimination Case

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit (FHCMD) Cooperating Attorney, Steve Tomkowiak, has informed FHCMD that the U.S. Department of Housing...

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