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Case Name Pollitt v. Bramel FH-OH-0004
Docket / Court 86-983 ( S.D. Ohio )
State/Territory Ohio
Case Type(s) Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance
Case Summary
Plaintiffs, prospective tenants, sought to rent a trailer from Defendant-landlords. Plaintiffs alleged that Defendants refused to rent to Plaintiffs because of the Plaintiffs' ethnicity, and filed suit under federal civil rights statutes, 42 U.S.C. §§ 1981 and 1982, and the Fair Housing Act (FHA), ... read more >
Plaintiffs, prospective tenants, sought to rent a trailer from Defendant-landlords. Plaintiffs alleged that Defendants refused to rent to Plaintiffs because of the Plaintiffs' ethnicity, and filed suit under federal civil rights statutes, 42 U.S.C. §§ 1981 and 1982, and the Fair Housing Act (FHA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 3601-3619, seeking preliminary and permanent injunctions, compensatory and punitive damages, attorneys' fees, and costs against Defendant-landlords.

After a bench trial, U.S. District Court Judge Weber ruled in favor of the Plaintiffs on September 8, 1987, finding that the Plaintiffs had established a case of ethnic discrimination by a preponderance of the evidence and that the Defendant's explanation was pretextual. Pollitt v. Bramel, 669 F. Supp. 172 (S.D. Ohio 1987). Judge Weber awarded the Plaintiffs preliminary and permanent injunctions, $25,000 in compensatory damages, and $25,000 in punitive damages. Judge Weber denied the Plaintiffs' motion for attorneys' fees.

Andrew Nash - 06/02/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-area
Housing Sales/Rental
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Fair Housing Act/Fair Housing Amendments Act (FHAA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 3601 et seq.
42 U.S.C. § 1982
42 U.S.C. § 1981
Defendant(s) Bramel's Trailer Court
Plaintiff Description Black and white married couple who was denied housing only after the husband's race was discovered.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought None on record
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Damages
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration 1987 - n/a
Case Closing Year 1987
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Order [Re: Judgment] 09/10/1987 (669 F.Supp. 172) (S.D. Ohio)
FH-OH-0004-0001 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Weber, Herman Jacob (S.D. Ohio)
FH-OH-0004-0001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Laufman, Robert Franklin (Ohio)
FH-OH-0004-0001
Spaulding, Debra S (Kentucky)
FH-OH-0004-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Winters, R. Gary (Ohio)
FH-OH-0004-0001
Other Lawyers None on record

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