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Case Name United States v. Edward Rose & Sons, Inc. FH-IN-0004
Docket / Court 3:01-cv-00040 ( N.D. Ind. )
State/Territory Indiana
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
On January 18, 2001, the United States filed action under the Fair Housing Act, and the American with Disabilities Act against the Edward Rose Construction Co., in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, South Bend Division. The plaintiff sought injunctive, ... read more >
On January 18, 2001, the United States filed action under the Fair Housing Act, and the American with Disabilities Act against the Edward Rose Construction Co., in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, South Bend Division. The plaintiff sought injunctive, declaratory, and monetary relief. On September 3, 2002, the United States filed a related suit against the same defendants in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

The defendants are developers, builders, and operators of rental apartment complexes in the Northern District of Indiana and numerous additional locations. These complexes contained multi-family dwellings, built after the effective date of 42 U.S.C. § 3604(f)(3)(C). Plaintiff claims defendants' pattern and practice of failing to design these dwellings so that that are readily accessible to and usable by persons with disabilities, violated rights granted by the Fair Housing Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 3601-3619; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. §§12181-12189; and discrimination against a person or group of persons under Title III of the ADA, 42 U.S.C. §§12181-12189.

On September 3, 2002, the parties agreed to resolve both the Indiana and Michigan cases without an evidentiary hearing or findings of fact.

Under the Consent Order the Defendants agreed to retrofit 49 apartment complexes in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Wisconsin, Virginia, and Nebraska to enhance their accessibility to individuals with physical disabilities. The agreement affects over 5,400 ground floor apartments. The consent decree also requires the defendants to pay $1,060,000 to a fund for those who may have been harmed by the lack of accessibility features at the complexes. The consent order will remain in effect for five years.

Contemporaneous with the submission of the Consent Order, the parties stipulated to the transfer of the Untied States' claim against the defendants in the Indiana Action to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The Michigan Consent Order is separate and resolves the claims raised by both the Michigan and Indiana actions against all Defendants.

Denise Heberle - 08/02/2012


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-area
Housing Sales/Rental
Discrimination-basis
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Causes of Action Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12111 et seq.
Fair Housing Act/Fair Housing Amendments Act (FHAA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 3601 et seq.
Defendant(s) Edward Rose Construction Co.
Plaintiff Description United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Housing and Civil Enforcement Section
Indexed Lawyer Organizations U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2005 - 2010
Case Closing Year 2005
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing FH-MI-0005 : United States v. Edward Rose & Sons (E.D. Mich.)
Docket(s)
3:01-cv-00040 (N.D. Ind.) 01/18/2001
FH-IN-0004-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
First Amended Complaint 08/30/2002
FH-IN-0004-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section
Case Summary 08/25/2004
FH-IN-0004-0003 PDF | Detail
Document Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section
State of Indiana Analysis of Impediment to Fair Housing Choice 08/25/2004
FH-IN-0004-0004 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 10/03/2005
FH-IN-0004-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section
Judges Cherry, Paul R. (N.D. Ind.) [Magistrate]
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Sharp, Allen (N.D. Ind.)
FH-IN-0004-0001 | FH-IN-0004-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Acosta, R. Alexander (District of Columbia)
FH-IN-0004-9000
Ashcroft, John (District of Columbia)
FH-IN-0004-0002
Boyd, Ralph F. Jr. (District of Columbia)
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Cremin, Kevin M. (New York)
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Gaeta, Joseph R. (District of Columbia)
FH-IN-0004-9000
Handley, Harvey L. III (District of Columbia)
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Johnson, Clifford D. (Indiana)
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Keveney, Sean R. (District of Columbia)
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Magagna, Joan A. (District of Columbia)
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Meyer-Fong, Ming-Yuen (District of Columbia)
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Moran, Timothy (District of Columbia)
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Richmond, Erin M. (District of Columbia)
FH-IN-0004-9000
Rosenbaum, Steven H. (District of Columbia)
FH-IN-0004-0001 | FH-IN-0004-9000
Schlozman, Bradley (District of Columbia)
FH-IN-0004-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Ankers, Norman C. (Michigan)
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Baker, Frederick M (Michigan)
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Brackenridge, Dean R (Indiana)
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Cataldo, Sheri B (Michigan)
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Cook, Michael C. (Indiana)
FH-IN-0004-9000
Dimos, James (Indiana)
FH-IN-0004-0001 | FH-IN-0004-9000
Duerr, Patrick T (Michigan)
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Fullenkamp, Joseph R. (Indiana)
FH-IN-0004-9000
Gleeson, Kevin J. (Michigan)
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Gorman, Tara K (District of Columbia)
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Hanback, Christopher (District of Columbia)
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Himsel, Jane Ann (Indiana)
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Maher, Timothy J (Indiana)
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O'Hara, John M. (Michigan)
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Sandler, Andrew L. (District of Columbia)
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Smith, Brigham C. (Michigan)
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Spaziano, Jennifer (California)
FH-IN-0004-9000
Vetne, J Thomas (Indiana)
FH-IN-0004-9000
Walton, Garry L. (Michigan)
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Other Lawyers None on record

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