Cases and Settlements

Justice Dept. Sues L.A. to Recover Millions in HUD Housing Grants

August 17, 2017    

The Justice Department recently sued the City of Los Angeles and its former redevelopment agency, alleging that they fraudulently obtained millions of dollars in HUD housing grants by falsely certifying that the money was being spent in compliance with federal accessibility laws.

Calif. Community to Pay $72K to Settle Complaint Involving Assistance Animal

August 17, 2017    

HUD recently announced that the owners and managers of two California apartment complexes has agreed to pay $72,000 to resolve allegations of discrimination against a female resident with disabilities who requires an assistance animal.

W.Va. Landlords Pay $600K to Settle Sexual Harassment Case

July 20, 2017    

The Justice Department recently announced a $600,000 settlement in a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against the owners and former managers of more than 70 residential rental properties in West Virginia.

Mass. Community Pays $70K to Resolve Allegations of Unlawful Steering

July 20, 2017    

The owner and operator of a 224-unit multifamily housing complex in Massachusetts recently agreed to pay up to $70,000 to resolve allegations of housing discrimination based on race and national origin, according to an announcement by the Justice Department.

Calif. Community Pays $40K to Settle Case Involving Emotional Support Animal

July 20, 2017    

The owners of a California community recently agreed to pay $40,000 to resolve allegations of disability discrimination in violation of state fair housing law, according to an announcement by the state’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH).

N.H. Landlords Charged with Discriminating Against Families with Children

July 20, 2017    

HUD recently charged a group of New Hampshire landlords with housing discrimination for allegedly denying families with children the opportunity to rent certain apartments. HUD alleged that the owner of a 192-unit apartment complex and its on-site manager engaged in housing discrimination by...

Calif. Community Settles Claims of Discriminating Against Latino Families

June 23, 2017    

HUD recently announced that the owner and manager of a California apartment complex has settled allegations of discrimination against residents based on their national origin and familial status. Among other things, the community’s manager was accused of making discriminatory statements...

Nevada Community Settles Fair Housing Dispute Over Pet Deposits

June 23, 2017    

HUD recently announced that the owners and manager of four Nevada rental communities have agreed to settle allegations of housing discrimination against prospective tenants with disabilities who require assistance animals.

Federal fair housing law prohibits housing providers from denying...

Montana Landlord Hit with $37,000 Jury Verdict in Disability Discrimination Case

June 23, 2017    

A federal jury recently returned a $37,343 verdict against a Montana landlord for charging a resident with physical and psychiatric disabilities $1,000 to have a service animal, according to the Justice Department.

The lawsuit alleged that the owner and manager of rental properties in...

California PHA to Pay $3.2M in Housing Discrimination Class Action Case

May 19, 2017    

Fish & Richardson recently announced that together with the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, it has helped win a $3.2 million award in a housing discrimination class action lawsuit filed on behalf of 180 disabled individuals against the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Clara (HACSC...

Kansas Community Accused of Discriminating Against Families with Children

May 19, 2017    

The Justice Department recently sued the owners and operators of a Kansas community comprised of 16 one-bedroom units, alleging that they violated the Fair Housing Act on the basis of familial status.

D.C. Property Managers Accused of Unlawfully Refusing to Rent to Voucher Holders

April 20, 2017    

In a lawsuit filed last week, fair housing advocates accused a D.C.-based residential property management firm with violating the D.C. Human Rights Act and the federal Fair Housing Act for discriminatory rental practices.

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