United States v. Goss (M.D. Fla.)

Overview: 

On December 12, 2016, court entered a consent order in United States v. Goss (M.D. Fla.), a Fair Housing Act pattern or practice case based on testing done by the Division’s Fair Housing Testing Program. The complaint, which was filed on September 30, 2016, alleged that the defendants, the owner and managers of May Grove Village Mobile Home Park in Lakeland, Florida, violated the Fair Housing Act by, inter alia, falsely informing African Americans who inquired about purchasing a mobile home in the park that no or few units were available for sale, while contemporaneously showing and offering more available mobile homes to similarly-situated white persons.  The complaint also alleged that the defendants quoted prospective African American purchasers higher prices and worse financial terms than similarly situated white purchasers. The consent order requires the defendants to adopt a non-discrimination policy, attend training, and pay $35,000 in civil penalties.

Case Open Date: 
Friday, September 30, 2016
Case Name: 
United States v. Goss (M.D. Fla.)
Topic: 
Civil Rights
Tags: 
Janes G. Goss
Cathy Plante
Joey Gwozdz
May Grove Village Mobile Home Park
Housing Act
Fair Housing Act
FHA
race
african american
color
mobile home
Lakeland
testing
Fair Housing Testing Program
pattern or practice
availability
denial
financial terms
pricing
8:16-cv-2802-JDW-MAP
Industry Code: 
None
Component: 
Civil Rights - Housing and Civil Enforcement Section
Updated December 19, 2016