LA Clippers owner agrees to pay $2.73 million to settle housing discrimination lawsuit

November 03, 2009
Los Angeles Clippers owner and real estate mogul Donald Sterling has agreed to pay a record $2.73 million to settle allegations by the government that he refused to rent apartments to Hispanics, blacks and to families with children, the Justice Department announced Tuesday.
     The Justice Department sued Sterling in August 2006 for allegations of housing discrimination in the Koreatown area of Los Angeles. Other defendants were Sterling's wife, Rochelle, and the Sterling Family Trust.
     The defendants allegedly made statements to employees indicating that African-Americans and Hispanics were not desirable tenants.
     Court filings indicated that Sterling rented to fewer blacks and Hispanics in Koreatown than would be expected based on demographics, according to the Justice Department.
     In settling the lawsuit, however, the defendants denied any liability.