2002

2002 issues of The Advocate

California bank pays $206,000 and establishes $7 million credit line for city to settle redlining suit

The city of East Palo Alto, California, will receive $151,000 in cash as well as attorney’s fees in a settlement with American Savings Bank, a California lender purchased by Washington Mutual Bank in the late 1990s. In addition, the bank will provide the city with a $7 million revolving line of credit over seven years to aid the city in increasing the amount of affordable housing, with an interest rate of 5.25 percent.

Mobile, AL apartment owner and manager agree to pay $360,000 in DOJ race and family status case

The owners and former manager of a Mobile, Alabama apartment complex will pay $360,000 to settle a Justice Department lawsuit alleging racial and familial status discrimination. The defendants will pay $205,000 into a fund to be paid out to the currently unidentified victims of racial or familial status discrimination. The Mobile Fair Housing Center will receive $20,000 and will conduct testing of the defendants’ rental  properties for at least one year following the settlement.

Deanna Watkins, one of the original complainants, will receive $85,000 in the settlement.

Architects and builders to pay more than $1 million to settle federal accessibility suit in Evanston, Ill.

The designers and developers of an Evanston, Illinois apartment complex will pay at least $1 million to correct defects in the complex’s construction and settle a lawsuit charging them with discrimination against persons with physical disabilities. The September settlement resolves a December 2001 Justice Department lawsuit based on the investigative work of Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago, a disability rights group. Access Living and the U.S.

Virginia landlord ordered to pay $14,625 in damages and fees for sexually harassing female tenant

A federal jury has awarded a Virginia woman $6,870 in damages and $7,755 in attorney’s fees and costs in her sexual harassment lawsuit against her landlord. The jury reached its verdict in June following a trial in the Abingdon Division of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia. U.S. District Court Judge James P.

FHC-Detroit publishes $180,000,000 and Counting report detailing fair housing litigation trends

The Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit has released $180,000,000 and Counting, a summary of the fair housing lawsuits filed and assisted by the private fair housing groups that make up the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA). The publication covers fair housing lawsuits filed between 1990 and 2001. The report, released on June 22, is an update of the Center’s annual report on recoveries in lawsuits filed in state and federal courts.

North Carolina family wins $75,000 settlement from condo association that forced them out

A federal jury has determined that an Etowah, North Carolina condominium association and certain residents violated the federal Fair Housing Act when they forced a family of four to move out of the development and took illegal steps to discourage other families from moving in. The jury of five men in. The jury of five men and three women awarded $65,000 in compensatory damages to Lisa and Ronnie Edwards and their minor sons, Alex and Davey, after a trial in August. 

In addition to the compensatory damage award, the Jury notified United States Magistrate Judge Max O.

Mississippi mobile home park owner ordered to pay $92,709 for racially motivated eviction of couple

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Administrative Law Judge Constance O’Bryant has ordered a Mississippi mobile home park owner to pay a $92,709.92 default judgment to resolve complaints of racial discrimination against him. The judgment awards $80,000 in emotional distress damages to two complainants, $1,709.92 in out-of-pocket expenses, and $11,000 in civil penalties.

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