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Case Name Taylor v. Housing Authority of New Haven PH-CT-0002
Docket / Court 3:08-cv-00557 ( D. Conn. )
State/Territory Connecticut
Case Type(s) Public Housing
Case Summary
On April 15, 2008, disabled participants in New Haven's Housing Choice Voucher ("Section 8") program filed a class action complaint in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, New Haven Division against the Housing Authority of the City of New Haven ("HANH") and a group of HANH ... read more >
On April 15, 2008, disabled participants in New Haven's Housing Choice Voucher ("Section 8") program filed a class action complaint in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, New Haven Division against the Housing Authority of the City of New Haven ("HANH") and a group of HANH officials, alleging that Defendants discriminated against them in administering the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988 (the "FHAA"), 42 U.S.C. § 3604(f); § 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. § 794; and regulations promulgated thereunder, 24 C.F.R. §§ 8.28, 100.204. Plaintiffs asked the court for injunctive relief, declaratory judgment, compensatory damages, attorney's fees, and costs.

On August 07, 2008, Plaintiffs moved to certify a class defined as "[a]ll current and future participants in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program who, because of the disabilities and/or handicaps of themselves or someone in their household, need assistance in searching for suitable dwellings to lease under the program." On March 09, 2009, the Court ( Judge Janet Bond Arterton) granted the class certification.

After a nine-day bench trial, the District Court entered judgment on March 29, 2010, finding in favor of Defendants on all claims and vacating its earlier class certification order. The District Court concluded that Plaintiffs failed to prove Defendants' liability on any of the counts. The Court also held that Plaintffs have no private right of action to enforce enforce certain regulations of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development ("HUD"). Finally, the Court found insufficient evidence that Defendants discriminated against the three named Plaintiffs, or that Defendants' conduct toward them deprived them of meaningful access to the benefits of the Section 8 Program. The detailed facts and reasoning are fully set forth in the District Court's Memorandum of Decision on March 29, 2010.

Plaintiffs appealed to the Second Circuit. On May 04, 2011, the Court of Appeals affirmed the District Court's decision in a reported opinion.

Xin Chen - 05/23/2011


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act), 29 U.S.C. § 701
Fair Housing Act/Fair Housing Amendments Act (FHAA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 3601 et seq.
Defendant(s) The Housing Authority of the City of New Haven
Plaintiff Description class of all current and future participants in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program who, because of disabilities of themselves or someone in their household, need assistance in searching for suitable dwellings to lease under the program.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer No
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)
3:08-cv-00557-JBA (D. Conn.) 01/11/2011
PH-CT-0002-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 04/15/2008
PH-CT-0002-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiffs' Memorandum in Support of Motion for Preliminary Injunctive Relief and Emergency Motion for Partial Summary Judgment 04/22/2008
PH-CT-0002-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiffs' Memorandum in Support of Motion for Class Certification 08/07/2008
PH-CT-0002-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Amended Complaint 11/14/2008
PH-CT-0002-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Second Amended Complaint 11/19/2008
PH-CT-0002-0005.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Ruling on Plaintiffs' Motion for Class Certification [...] 03/10/2009 (257 F.R.D. 23) (D. Conn.)
PH-CT-0002-0006.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum of Decision 03/29/2010 (267 F.R.D. 36) (D. Conn.)
PH-CT-0002-0007.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiffs' Memorandum in Support of Motion for Additional Findings 04/07/2010
PH-CT-0002-0008.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order on Planitiffs' Motion for Additional Findings 07/14/2010 (2010 WL 2801895) (D. Conn.)
PH-CT-0002-0010.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Brief of Plaintiffs-Appellant 02/15/2011
PH-CT-0002-0011.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Second Circuit Pur Curiam Opinion 05/04/2011 (645 F.3d 152)
PH-CT-0002-0009.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Arterton, Janet Bond (D. Conn.)
PH-CT-0002-0006 | PH-CT-0002-0007 | PH-CT-0002-0010 | PH-CT-0002-9000
Chin, Denny (Second Circuit, S.D.N.Y.)
PH-CT-0002-0009
Fitzsimmons, Holly B. (D. Conn.) [Magistrate]
PH-CT-0002-9000
Kearse, Amalya Lyle (Second Circuit)
PH-CT-0002-0009
Miner, Roger Jeffrey (Second Circuit, N.D.N.Y.)
PH-CT-0002-0009
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Vickery, Jennifer C. (Connecticut)
PH-CT-0002-0001 | PH-CT-0002-0002 | PH-CT-0002-0003 | PH-CT-0002-0004 | PH-CT-0002-0005 | PH-CT-0002-0008 | PH-CT-0002-0009 | PH-CT-0002-0011 | PH-CT-0002-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Pothin, Timothy P. (Connecticut)
PH-CT-0002-9000
Swift, Donn A. (Connecticut)
PH-CT-0002-0009 | PH-CT-0002-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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