DOJ obtains $70K settlement in housing lawsuit

August 30, 2011
The Justice Department says a group of New Orleans landlords has agreed to pay $70,000 in damages and penalties to settle a lawsuit alleging they denied housing to African-American prospective renters at an apartment building in violation of the federal Fair Housing Act.
     The agreement, which still must be approved by a federal judge in Louisiana, was announced Monday.
     The settlement would resolve a lawsuit alleging that the defendants - Betty Bouchon, the Bouchon Limited Family Partnership and Sapphire Corp. - discriminated against the prospective renters. The allegations were based on fair-housing testing conducted by the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center.
     GNOFHAC filed a separate lawsuit, which is pending in federal court.