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U.S. Supreme Court Allows Disparate-Impact Claims Under Fair Housing Act

In a recent holding, the U.S. Supreme Court determined that discrimination claims under the Fair Housing Act (FHA) may be premised on "disparate impact," meaning that a plaintiff may challenge a practice even if it was not...more

Five Surprising Facts About the Inclusive Communities Case

In the Supreme Court’s recent, landmark decision in Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, Inc., 576 U.S. ___, 2015 WL 2473449 (Jun. 25, 2015), the Court held that, while disparate...more

Supreme Court Takes on Housing Discrimination

Court rules that actions that disproportionally affect minority groups can support lawsuits under the Fair Housing Act. The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that certain actions that adversely affect minorities in poor...more

Supreme Court Affirms FHA Disparate Impact Claims

Late last month, the Supreme Court handed down a significant decision affecting rights and obligations under the Fair Housing Act. The Court’s 5-4 decision in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive...more

DOJ Files Lawsuit Against City of Beaumont, Texas for Alleged FHA Violations

On May 26, the DOJ announced a lawsuit against the city of Beaumont, Texas (Beaumont) for allegedly violating the Fair Housing Act (FHA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act. According to the DOJ’s complaint, Beaumont’s...more

City of Marysville, Washington Defeats RLUIPA, RFRA, and Fair Housing Claims

In Holy Ghost Revival Ministries v. City of Marysville (W.D. Washington), the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington considered claims of religious discrimination brought by Holy Ghost Revival Ministries...more

City’s Handling of Application for Subdivision Approvals May Trigger Liability Under Fair Housing Act

The Federal Fair Housing Act (“FHA”) prohibits discrimination in the sale or rental of housing, including discriminatory land use decisions, on account of race, color, religion, sex, national origin or familial status. The...more

Fair Housing Group Issues Annual Report

On August 13, the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) published its annual fair housing report titled “Expanding Opportunity: Systemic Approaches to Fair Housing.” The paper summarizes 2013 fair housing enforcement actions...more

Mt. Holly Gardens files merits brief

Although settlement discussions are continuing, the respondents in Township of Mount Holly v. Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, Inc., filed their merits brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on October 21. (The Township’s...more

The U.S. Supreme Court Grants Cert to Decide Whether the Fair Housing Act Allows for Disparate Impact Claims in Township of Mount...

On June 17, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court granted a petition for certiorari in a case that will decide whether “disparate impact” liability — liability based solely on a practice’s alleged discriminatory effect, though the...more

Supreme Court Agrees Again To Decide Critical Disparate Impact Questions under the Fair Housing Act

The question of whether plaintiffs suing under the Fair Housing Act may bring disparate impact claims is back on the U.S. Supreme Court's docket as a result of the Court's decision today to grant certiorari in Mount Holly v....more

Koontz v. St. John's River Water Management District

Brief Amicus Curiae of Owners' Counsel of America in Support of the Petitioner

Today, on behalf Owners' Counsel of America, we filed this amicus brief in Koontz v. St Johns River Water Mgmt Dist., No. 11-1447 (cert. granted Oct. 5, 2012). That's the case asking whether the "essential nexus" and "rough...more

Huapala Senior Care E, LLC v. City and County of Honolulu


Huapala Senior Care E, LLC, a developer of residential housing for elderly residents of Manoa Valley, today filed a lawsuit in federal court against the City and County of Honolulu. The lawsuit charges that the City,...more

Infobytes Special Alert: Petitioners Withdraw Major Fair Housing Case Pending Before U.S. Supreme Court

On February 10, the parties in a major fair housing case under review by the U.S. Supreme Court requested that the Court dismiss the case. As reported previously by BuckleySandler, the City of St. Paul, Minnesota withdrew...more

Magner v. Gallagher

Brief Amicus Curiae Of Pacific Legal Foundation, Center For Equal Opportunity, Competitive Enterprise Institute, And The CATO...

The federal Fair Housing Act makes it unlawful "[t]o refuse to sell or rent after the making of a bona fide offer ... or otherwise make unavailable or deny, a dwelling to any person because of race, color, religion, sex,...more

Property and Business Owners' Precondemnation Damages Claims Dismissed

We've covered in the past the impacts property and business owners suffer when government agencies plan for public projects. We've also covered when agency planning crosses the line and results in precondemnation damages or...more

InfoBytes Special Alert: Supreme Court Grants Petition for Writ of Certiorari in Disparate Impact Case

On November 7, 2011, the Supreme Court granted a petition for a writ of certiorari in the case of Magner v. Gallagher, 10-1032, which poses the question of whether disparate impact claims are cognizable under the Fair Housing...more

Justice Scalia Predicts Kelo v. City of New London Will be Overturned

When we think of some of the most well-recognized and controversial decisions from our judicial system, cases like Roe v. Wade (abortion) and Dred Scott v. Sandford (slavery) come to mind. Within our group of right of way...more

Exaction, Extortion or Illegal? Mandatory Dedication of Open Space Parcel Held Unlawful

Score One For Property Rights Advocates Massachusetts has the well-deserved reputation of being one of the most challenging states to permit a new housing development due to its myriad of rules, regulations and zoning...more

Jump Start for 2011

In this issue: High Court Asked to Broaden Scope of Prop.; Tribe's Suit Over Tejon Ranch is Dismissed; Solar Project Firms See a Wave of Legal Challenges; Angels Fans Must Build 'Class' to Proceed; and more... Please see...more

Implied Warranties in Rental Properties

When you rent a residential property, it is subject to an "implied warranty of habitability" meaning that the owner of the property is under a duty to ensure that it is fit for human habitation. If a landlord (not the tenant)...more

Maunalua Bay Beach Ohana 28 v. State of Hawaii

Brief of Land Use Research Foundation of Hawaii as Amicus Curiae in Support of the Petitioners

Yesterday, on behalf of the Land Use Research Foundation of Hawaii, we filed this brief amicus curiae in the U.S. Supreme Court in Maunalua Bay Beach Ohana 28 v. Hawaii, No. 10-331 (cert. petition filed Sep. 7, 2010). This...more

Kauai Springs, Inc. v. Planning Commission of the County of Kauai

Answering Brief for the Appellee Kauai Springs, Inc.

Issues: automatic approval of zoning permits; public trust....more

Maunalua Bay Beach Ohana 28 v. State of Hawaii

Amicus Curiae Pacific Legal Foundation's Memorandum in Support of Maunalua Bay Beach Ohana 28's Application for a Writ of...

This brief was filed to support the application for writ of certiorari which asks the Hawaii Supreme Court to review the decision of the Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals in Maunalua Bay Beach Ohana 28 v. State of Hawaii,...more

City of Milwaukee Post No. 2874 Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States v. Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee

Brief of Amici Curiae National Association of Home Builders And Wisconsin Builders Association In Support of Petition for A Writ...

When is a lease that everyone agrees is worth more than a million dollars totally worthless? When it's an eminent domain case and the court applies the "undivided fee" rule, that's when. Most eminent domain attorneys know...more

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