United States V. Brisben (D. Kan.)


On March 27, 2015, the United States District Court for the District of Kansas entered a consent order resolving litigation brought by the United States Department of Justice involving Brisben Chimney Hills Limited Partnership; MBS GP 5, LLC; JRK Residential America, LLC; and several individually named Defendants relating to: the Reserve Apartments in Lenexa, Kansas; Fieldstone Apartments in Olathe, Kansas; Brookstone Village in Independence, Missouri; Crossroads of Lee's Summit in Lee's Summit, Missouri; Lakewood Apartments in Imperial, Missouri; North Oak Crossing in Kansas City, Missouri; Truman Farm in Grandview, Missouri; and Walden Pond in High Ridge, Missouri. The litigation alleged that the Defendants discriminated against residents of these properties on the basis of familial status by implementing policies at these properties that required the supervision of children up to the age of 16 and that restricted the activities of children in other ways between September 3, 2009 and May 14, 2012. The litigation also alleged that the Defendants issued lease violations to families who did not follow these policies during the same period. The Parties have agreed to this Consent Order to avoid costly and protracted litigation.

Under this Consent Order, you or an estate may be entitled to receive monetary relief if you or a family member:

  • Were required to constantly supervise your child(ren) while living at one of the above-named properties during the relevant time period; or
  • Had child(ren) who were limited in the activities in which they could participate while living in an above-named property during the relevant time period; or
  • Received a lease violation, notice of lease non-renewal, or notice of eviction related to the legal activities of your children while living in an above-named property during the relevant time period.

    If you believe that you or a family member has been discriminated against in any way described above, please contact the United States Department of Justice at: 1-800-896-7743, mailbox number 994, or write or send an e-mail to:

    United States Department of Justice
    Attn: DJ# 175-29-111
    Civil Rights Division
    Housing and Civil Enforcement Section
    950 Pennsylvania Ave., NW – G Street
    Washington, DC 20530
    E-mail address: fairhousing@usdoj.gov

    You must call or write by August 1, 2015, and your message or letter must include your name, address and at least one telephone number where you may be reached.

  • Updated August 6, 2015

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