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Case Name Reese v. Miami-Dade County PH-FL-0001
Docket / Court 01-3766-CIV ( S.D. Fla. )
State/Territory Florida
Case Type(s) Public Housing
Attorney Organization Legal Services/Legal Aid
Case Summary
On September 6, 2001 displaced public housing residents represented by Florida Legal Services Inc., the Florida Justice Institute, and the National Housing Law Project filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida alleging that a revitalization plan ... read more >
On September 6, 2001 displaced public housing residents represented by Florida Legal Services Inc., the Florida Justice Institute, and the National Housing Law Project filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida alleging that a revitalization plan for their complexes in Liberty City, Miami, Florida was racially discriminatory. The plaintiffs' claimed violations of the Fair Housing Act (42 U. S. C. §§ 3601 et seq.), Title VI of Civil Rights Acts of 1964 (42 U.S.C. §2000d), Fifth and Fourteenth Amendment Equal Protection, the Quality Housing and Work Responsibility Act (QHWRA) ( 42 U.S. C. §1437v) and the Housing and Community Development Act (42 U.S.C. § 5304). The complaint was directed at two sets of defendants - Miami-Dade County / the Miami-Dade County Housing Agency (MDHA) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The plaintiffs sought injunctive and declaratory relief.

The thrust of plaintiffs' complaint was that the defendants' configuration of the Liberty City HOPE VI project was consciously designed to discourage African-Americans from living in the redeveloped Scott Homes neighborhood, and that the county's revitalization plan, as approved by HUD, would result in the destruction of affordable housing and the forced displacement of residents.

On July 3, 2002, the District Court (Judge Shelby Highsmith) certified a class consisting of all current African-American residents in the Scott-Holmes Housing Projects but denied (for lack of standing) certification of a class consisting of persons on the waiting list and applicants who would eventually be placed on the MDHA waiting list.

On November 11, 2009, United States District Court (Judge Daniel T. K. Hurley) granted defendants' motion for summary judgment and denied plaintiffs' motion for summary judgment. On November 19, 2009, the court ordered final summary judgment against the plaintiffs, closing the case and terminating any pending motions as moot.

David Miller - 03/19/2010


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Funding
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Title VI, Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000d et seq.
Fair Housing Act/Fair Housing Amendments Act (FHAA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 3601 et seq.
Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201
Defendant(s) Miami-Dade County
United States
Plaintiff Description An unincorporated institution and a class consisting of residents of two public housing complexes in Miami-Dade County, whose demographics were almost entirely African-American.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Legal Services/Legal Aid
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2010
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Urban Institute Baseline Assessment of Public Housing Desegregation Cases
By: George Galster et al. (Urban Institute, Housing and Urban Development (HUD))
Citation: (2000)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
1:01−cv−03766 (S.D. Fla.) 01/28/2010
PH-FL-0001-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Class Action Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief 09/06/2001
PH-FL-0001-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Mel R. Martinez and United States Department of Housing and Urban Development Answer and Affirmative Defenses 12/04/2001
PH-FL-0001-0005 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Granting in Part, Denying in Part Motion to Certify Class Action 07/03/2002 (209 F.R.D. 231) (S.D. Fla.)
PH-FL-0001-0006 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Miami-Dade County and Rene Rodriguez Answer and Affirmative Defenses to Plaintiffs' Class Action Complaint 07/22/2002
PH-FL-0001-0004 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
ORDER GRANTING DEFENDANTS’ MOTIONS FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT & DENYING PLAINTIFFS’ MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT 11/10/2009 (2009 WL 3762994) (S.D. Fla.)
PH-FL-0001-0001 PDF | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Final Summary Judgment 11/20/2009 (S.D. Fla.)
PH-FL-0001-0003 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Highsmith, Shelby (S.D. Fla.)
PH-FL-0001-0006
Hopkins, James M. (S.D. Fla.) [Magistrate]
PH-FL-0001-9000
Hurley, Daniel T. K. (S.D. Fla.)
PH-FL-0001-0001 | PH-FL-0001-0003 | PH-FL-0001-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Berg, Randall Challen Jr. (Florida)
PH-FL-0001-0002 | PH-FL-0001-9000
Elsesser, Charles F Jr. (Florida)
PH-FL-0001-0002 | PH-FL-0001-9000
Espinosa, Todd Isaac (California)
PH-FL-0001-0002 | PH-FL-0001-9000
Newman, JoNel (Florida)
PH-FL-0001-9000
Reid, Benjamin (Florida)
PH-FL-0001-9000
Siegel, Peter Michael (Florida)
PH-FL-0001-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Bonn, Laura W. (Florida)
PH-FL-0001-0005 | PH-FL-0001-9000
Ginsburg, Robert A (Florida)
PH-FL-0001-0004
Harrigan, Clare (District of Columbia)
PH-FL-0001-0005 | PH-FL-0001-9000
Hope, David Stephen (Florida)
PH-FL-0001-0004 | PH-FL-0001-9000
Jacobus, Wendy A. (Florida)
PH-FL-0001-9000
Lee, Cynji Antoinette (Florida)
PH-FL-0001-0004 | PH-FL-0001-9000
Lewis, Guy A (Florida)
PH-FL-0001-0005
McInnis, John Darrell (Florida)
PH-FL-0001-9000
Neuman, Brenda Kuhns (Florida)
PH-FL-0001-9000
Smith, Terrence Andrew (Florida)
PH-FL-0001-0004 | PH-FL-0001-9000
Weinkle, James Allen (Florida)
PH-FL-0001-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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