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Case Name Pierce v. Metropolitan Property and Liability Insurance FH-OH-0006
Docket / Court 82-044 ( S.D. Ohio )
State/Territory Ohio
Case Type(s) Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance
Case Summary
Plaintiff-homeowners brought suit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio under federal civil rights statutes, 42 U.S.C. §§ 1981 and 1982, and the Fair Housing Act (FHA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 3601-3619. Plaintiffs alleged that defendant-insurance company cancelled their policy ... read more >
Plaintiff-homeowners brought suit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio under federal civil rights statutes, 42 U.S.C. §§ 1981 and 1982, and the Fair Housing Act (FHA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 3601-3619. Plaintiffs alleged that defendant-insurance company cancelled their policy because of the racial composition of the neighborhood.

On November 23, 1983, U.S. District Court Judge Walter H. Rice granted the defendant's motion for summary judgment as to one claim under the FHA and held that the Plaintiffs' FHA claims were subject to the statute of limitations, but denied summary judgment on the remaining FHA claim because there was a factual dispute about when the Plaintiffs were notified of the cancellation of their policy. Judge Rice also conditionally denied the Defendant's motion for summary judgment with respect to the Plaintiff's claims under the civil rights statutes, but required the Plaintiffs to file an amended Complaint alleging intentional discrimination. Pierce v. Metropolitan Property and Liability Ins. Co., 1983 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 11368 (S.D. Ohio Nov. 25, 1983).

On August 1, 1984, Judge Rice rejected Defendants' renewed motion to dismiss the FHA claim, holding that the FHA barred insurance redlining. Pierce v. Metropolitan Property and Liability Ins. Co., 1984 U.S.Dist. LEXIS 24653 (S.D. Ohio Aug. 1, 1984).

Andrew Nash - 06/02/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-area
Insurance
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. § 1981
42 U.S.C. § 1982
Defendant(s) Metropolitan Property and Liability Insurance
Plaintiff Description Married black couple whose homeowners insurance policy was canceled, allegedly due to 'insurance redlining.'
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Unknown
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Unknown
Source of Relief Unknown
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Unknown
Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Decision and Entry Overruling Plaintiffs' Motion to Strike the Defense of Statute of Limitations and Sustaining in Part and Overruling in Part Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment [] 11/25/1983 (1983 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 11368) (S.D. Ohio)
FH-OH-0006-0002.pdf | LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: LexisNexis
Decision and Entry Overruling Defendant's Motion for Reconsideration and/or Renewed Motion for Summary Judgment 08/01/1984 (1984 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 24653) (S.D. Ohio)
FH-OH-0006-0001.pdf | LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: LexisNexis
Judges Rice, Walter Herbert (S.D. Ohio)
FH-OH-0006-0001 | FH-OH-0006-0002
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Goldberg, Stuart (Ohio)
FH-OH-0006-0002
Stidham, R. J. (Ohio)
FH-OH-0006-0001 | FH-OH-0006-0002
Defendant's Lawyers Bartlett, Robert P Jr. (Ohio)
FH-OH-0006-0001 | FH-OH-0006-0002
Other Lawyers None on record

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