United States v. MA Partners 2, et al. (N.D. Tex.)
On June 27, 2023 and August 10, 2023 the court entered consent orders in United States v. MA Partners 2, et al. (N.D. Tex.), a Fair Housing Act “election” case. The complaint, which was filed on February 22, 2023, alleged that the defendants discriminated on the basis of disability in violation of the Act by refusing to allow complainants, who received their SSI and SSDI payments around the third of every month, to pay their rent by the fifth of the month. The consent order entered on June 27, 2023 requires Defendants MA Partners 2, Brockbk JV LLC, Dallas Redevelopment Equities LLC, and Alden Short, Inc. to pay $10,000 in damages to the complainants, undergo fair housing training, adopt non-discrimination and reasonable accommodation policies, and submit periodic reports to the United States. The consent order entered on August 10, 2023 requires Defendant Sam Matalone to pay $1,000 in damages to the complainants and to undergo fair housing training. The case was referred to the Division after the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) received a complaint, conducted an investigation, and issued a charge of discrimination.