Relationship Between Department of Justice Attorneys and Persons on Whose Behalf the United States Brings Suits Under the Fair Housing Act

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When the Department of Justice undertakes a civil action on behalf of a complainant alleging a discriminatory housing practice under the Fair Housing Act, Department attorneys handling the action do not enter into an attomey-client relationship with the complainant, nor do they undertake a fiduciary obligation to the complainant.

Because no attomey-client relationship is established in such undertakings, no retainer agreement between the complainant and the Department attorneys should be entered into.

Updated July 9, 2014