Texas builder must pay millions to fund more accessibility

June 25, 2012
The Justice Department settled a $10.5 million disability claims lawsuit Monday against an Irving-based construction company and six affiliated companies.
     The agreement requires JPI Constructions to pay a $250,000 civil penalty in addition to $10.25 million into an accessibility fund to provide retrofits at properties it built and to increase the stock of accessible housing in the communities where those properties are located.
     Federal officials said this is the largest civil penalty the Justice Department has obtained in any Fair Housing Act case, according to a Justice Department news release.