United States v. Bryan Company (Byran II) (S.D. Miss.)
On April 19, 2016, the court entered a supplemental consent order in United States v. Bryan Company (Bryan II) (S.D. Miss.). The complaint, filed on April 19, 2011, alleged the defendants failed to design and construct nine multifamily properties in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Tennessee in compliance with the Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. On May 15, 2013, the court entered a partial consent order with the nine architects and civil engineers. The partial consent order required the defendants to pay a total of $865,000 to make the complexes accessible and pay $60,000 to compensate aggrieved persons harmed by the inaccessible housing. The second partial consent order, entered on February 24, 2014, required the developer, builder, and original owner defendants to complete retrofits at each property to bring them into compliance with the FHA and ADA. Both partial consent orders required the defendants to undergo training on the Fair Housing Act and to provide periodic reports to the government. The supplemental consent order transfers the responsibility for completing the retrofits at two of the nine properties, and having them inspected and certified, from the developer, builder, and original owner defendants to the current property owners. The supplemental consent order also allows the current owners to access accessibility funds created in the original consent order to help pay for the costs of retrofits.