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Case Name Dunn v. Midwestern Indemnity Mid-American Fire and Casualty Company FH-OH-0011
Docket / Court 78-105 ( S.D. Ohio )
State/Territory Ohio
Case Type(s) Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance
Case Summary
Plaintiffs were black homeowners in a predominantly black neighborhood of Cincinnati. They purchased insurance from Defendants--an insurance company and its local affiliate--in 1955. After defendants terminated coverage for their neighborhood in 1977, Plaintiffs filed suit in the U.S. District ... read more >
Plaintiffs were black homeowners in a predominantly black neighborhood of Cincinnati. They purchased insurance from Defendants--an insurance company and its local affiliate--in 1955. After defendants terminated coverage for their neighborhood in 1977, Plaintiffs filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, alleging that the Defendants had terminated insurance coverage based on the racial composition of Plaintiffs' neighborhood, in violation of the Fair Housing Act (FHA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 3601-3619.

U.S. District Court Judge Rubin denied the Defendants' motion to dismiss on August 25, 1978, holding that a denial of home insurance could constitute a denial of credit in connection with home ownership, thus proving a violation of the FHA. On June 20, 1979, Judge Rubin reconsidered the Defendants' motion to dismiss and again held that the FHA prohibited racially motivated denials of insurance connected to home ownership. Dunn v. Midwestern Indem. Mid-American Fire & Casualty Co., 472 F. Supp. 1106 (S.D. Ohio 1979).

On September 26, 1980, Judge Rubin held that the Plaintiffs' could obtain copies of Defendants' computer records as part of the their Discovery. Dunn v. Midwestern Indem. Mid-American Fire & Casualty Co., 88 F.R.D. 191 (S.D. Ohio 1980).

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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
General
Funding
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Fair Housing Act/Fair Housing Amendments Act (FHAA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 3601 et seq.
Defendant(s) Borchers Insurance Company
Midwestern Indemnity Mid-American Fire and Casualty Company
Plaintiff Description Black homeowners whose insurance policy was canceled by the defendants allegedly because of a decision to remove policies in predominantly black areas from the company's portfolio.
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
Order [Denying Defendants' Motion for Reconsideration] 06/20/1979 (472 F.Supp. 1106) (S.D. Ohio)
FH-OH-0011-0001 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Partial Decision Concerning Defendants' Objections and Motions for Protective Order to Plaintiffs' Discovery Requests [...] 09/26/1980 (88 F.R.D. 191) (S.D. Ohio)
FH-OH-0011-0002 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Rice, Walter Herbert (S.D. Ohio)
FH-OH-0011-0002
Rubin, Carl Bernard (S.D. Ohio)
FH-OH-0011-0001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Brown, Ashley (Ohio)
FH-OH-0011-0001 | FH-OH-0011-0002
Goldberg, Stuart (Ohio)
FH-OH-0011-0002
Grandjean, Dalma (Ohio)
FH-OH-0011-0002
Vaughn, Noel (Ohio)
FH-OH-0011-0002
Defendant's Lawyers Alexander, Robert (Ohio)
FH-OH-0011-0001 | FH-OH-0011-0002
Bartlett, Robert P Jr. (Ohio)
FH-OH-0011-0001
Dunsky, Gregory P. (Ohio)
FH-OH-0011-0002
Ferguson, Douglas K. (Ohio)
FH-OH-0011-0001
Freund, Neil F. (Ohio)
FH-OH-0011-0001 | FH-OH-0011-0002
Greer, David C. (Ohio)
FH-OH-0011-0001
Jenks, Thomas (Ohio)
FH-OH-0011-0001 | FH-OH-0011-0002
Peck, David W. (Ohio)
FH-OH-0011-0001
Quaini, Dwayne (Illinois)
FH-OH-0011-0002
Snyder, Herbert (Indiana)
FH-OH-0011-0002
Webber, Barbara (Indiana)
FH-OH-0011-0002
Other Lawyers None on record

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