Housing and Civil Enforcement Cases

Housing and Civil Enforcement Cases

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Case Name Overview Federal Court Case Documents
United States v. Vernon C. Morgan (D. Colo.) Colorado, District of
Complaint
United States v. City National Bank (C.D. Cali.)

On January 12, 2023, the United States filed a complaint and a proposed consent order in US v. City National Bank (C.D. Cal.).  The complaint alleges that City National Bank (City National), violated the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) and the Fair Housing Act (FHA) by engaging in unlawful redlining in the Los Angeles Metropolitan Division (Los Angeles County) by avoiding providing credit services to majority-Black and Hispanic neighborhoods because of the race, color, and national origin of the people living in those neighborhoods.  The proposed consent order, which still must be approved by the court, requires City National to invest at least $29.5 million in a loan subsidy fund for residents of majority-Black and Hispanic neighborhoods in Los Angeles County; invest $750,000 for development of community partnerships to provide services that increase access to residential mortgage credit in those neighborhoods; invest $500,000 for advertising and outreach in those neighborhoods; and invest $500,000 for consumer financial education.

Press Release (1/12/2023)
Comunicado de prensa (12 01 2023)
Remarks of Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke (1/12/2023)
Declaración de AAG Clarke (12 01 2023)

California, Central District
Complaint
Louis et al. v. SafeRent et al. (D. Mass.)

On January 9, 2023, the United States filed a Statement of Interest in Louis et al. v. SafeRent et al. (D. Mass.), a case brought under the Fair Housing Act (FHA).  The Louis lawsuit was filed on behalf of two plaintiffs, Mary Louis and Monica Douglas, Black rental applicants who use housing vouchers to pay part of their rent. Plaintiffs applied for rental housing but allege they were denied due to their “SafeRent Score,” a score derived from Defendant SafeRent’s algorithm-based screening software. The plaintiffs allege that SafeRent scores result in an unlawful disparate impact against Black and Hispanic rental applicants because the underlying algorithm relies on certain factors that disproportionately disadvantage Black and Hispanic applicants, such as credit history and non-tenancy related debts, while failing to consider one highly-relevant factor, that the use of housing vouchers funded by HUD makes such tenants more likely to pay their rents. In its Statement of Interest, the United States sets out the appropriate standard for pleading disparate impact claims under the FHA and clarifies that the FHA’s text and caselaw support the FHA’s application to companies providing residential screening services.

Press Release (1/9/2023)

Massachusetts, District of
Statement of Interest
Group Home on Gibson Island LLC v. Gibson Island Corporation (D. Md.)

On November 23, 2022, the United States filed a Statement of Interest in Group Home on Gibson Island LLC v. Gibson Island Corporation (D. Md.), a case brought under the Fair Housing Act (FHA).  The complaint in the case alleges, among other things, that a private homeowners’ association discriminated on the basis of disability when it refused to allow a small assisted living home for seniors with disabilities to operate unless it complied with certain conditions.  Both sides moved for summary judgment on this claim.  In its Statement of Interest, the United States addresses the correct legal standard for the Court to apply when determining whether subjecting the home to these conditions would have afforded persons with disabilities an “equal opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling” under the FHA.

 

Maryland, District of
Statement of Interest
United States v. Hannah, et al. (W.D. Mo.)

On November 21, 2022, the United States Attorney’s Office filed an “election” complaint in United States v. Hannah, et al. (W.D. Mo.).  The complaint alleges that the defendants discriminated on the basis of disability in violation of the Fair Housing Act (FHA) by refusing to allow the complainant to live with her assistance animal.  La Maison Investment, LLC is also named as a defendant in the case.  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.

Missouri, Western District
Complaint
Adam Community Center v. City of Troy (E.D. Mich.)

On November 15, 2022, the United States filed a statement of interest related to damages briefing in Adam Community Center v. City of Troy, Michigan, et al (E.D. Mich.), the private companion case to United States v. City of Troy, Michigan (E.D. Mich.). The statement of interest explains that damages may be available to private litigants pursuing land use claims against municipal defendants under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000 (“RLUIPA”). The damages briefing followed the Court’s orders in both lawsuits finding that Troy violated RLUIPA by (1) imposing an unjustified substantial burden on Adam Community Center’s exercise of religion in its effort to operate a mosque and (2) requiring places of worship to abide by more onerous zoning restrictions than places of nonreligious assembly.

Michigan, Eastern District
Statement of Interest
United States v. Madison Property L.L.C., et al (D. Minn.)

On November 4, 2022, the United States Attorney’s Office filed an “election” complaint in United States v. Madison Property L.L.C., et al (D. Minn.).  The complaint alleges that the defendants discriminated on the basis of disability in violation of the Fair Housing Act (FHA) by refusing to grant a reasonable accommodation to allow the complainant to rent a unit with her emotional assistance cat.  Andrew Brenner is also named as a defendant in the case.  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.

Minnesota, District of
Complaint
United States v. Retsel Corporation (D. S.D.)

On October 19, 2022, the United States filed a complaint in United States v. Retsel Corporation, et. al., in the United States District Court for the District of South Dakota.  The complaint alleges that the Retsel Corporation and the owners, Connie Uhre and her son Nicholas Uhre, discriminated against Native American customers through policies and practices that denied Native Americans the full and equal enjoyment of access to the services, accommodations and privileges at the Grand Gateway Hotel and the Cheers Sports Lounge and Casino, in violation of Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.   The Grand Gateway and Cheers Sports Lounge Casino are located in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Press Release (10/19/2022)

South Dakota, District of
Complaint
United States v. Concord Court at Creative Village Partners, LTD, et al. (M.D. Fla.)

On October 6, 2022, the United States filed a complaint and a proposed consent order in United States v. Concord Court at Creative Village Partners, LTD, et al. (M.D. Fla.). The complaint alleges that the defendants, Concord Court at Creative Village Partners LTD., Concord Management LTD., related entities and a property manager, discriminated against families with children in violation of the Fair Housing Act by refusing to issue building access devices to minor residents, prohibiting children from common areas and amenities unless supervised by adults, and misrepresenting the availability of units to families with children at an apartment complex in Orlando, Florida. The proposed consent order, which still must be approved by the court, requires the defendants to pay $260,000 to residents who were harmed by their practices and a civil penalty to the United States. The settlement also requires the defendants to implement nondiscrimination policies and provide fair housing training to employees with management or leasing responsibilities at all the properties they own or operate in Florida. The case was referred to the Division after the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) received several complaints, conducted an investigation, and issued multiple charges of discrimination.

Press Release (10/6/22)

Florida, Middle District
Complaint
United States v. Louis Liberty & Associates, PLC, et al.

On September 30, 2022, the United States filed an “election” complaint in United States v. Louis Liberty & Associates, PLC, et al. (N.D. Cal.).  The complaint alleges that the defendants discriminated on the basis of national origin in violation of the Fair Housing Act (FHA) by targeting Hispanics for predatory loan modification services.  Louis A. Liberty and Barney Diamos are also named as a defendant in the case. 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.

California, Northern District
Complaint

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