United States v. Webster AV Management, LLC (S.D.N.Y.)
On December 13, 2018, the court entered a stipulation of settlement and dismissal resolving the allegations in United States v. Webster AV Management LLC (formerly United States v. Strulovitch) (S.D.N.Y.). Under the settlement, Webster has agreed to make retrofits to Riverdale Parc in the Bronx, NY and Bluestone Commons in Maybrook, NY, which together contain more than 120 apartments, to make the exteriors and interiors of those apartments more accessible to individuals with disabilities. In addition, Webster has agreed to pay at least $37,500 and up to $105,000 in damages to aggrieved persons, to assist the U.S. Attorney’s Office with identifying aggrieved persons, and to pay $37,500 in civil penalties. The complaint, which the U.S. Attorney’s Office filed on December 23, 2016, alleged that Webster violated the Fair Housing Act by failing to design and construct the two apartment complexes so as to be accessible to persons with disabilities. Previously, on January 26, 2017, the United States obtained a court-ordered preliminary injunction on consent in this lawsuit that required Webster to ensure accessibility at two other rental complexes currently under development in the Bronx. It also provided that the defendant retain a Fair Housing Act (FHA) compliance reviewer to review design documents for buildings that are currently under construction by the defendant and/or entities related to the defendant, and to inspect the as-built features at the buildings under construction to ensure that the designs and as built features comply with the FHA design and construction requirements.
Press Release (12/23/16)
Press Release (12/13/18)