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Case Name United States v. Cairns FH-FL-0003
Docket / Court 8:11-cv-00100-RAL-TGW ( M.D. Fla. )
State/Territory Florida
Case Type(s) Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
On January 14, 2011, the United States Department of Justice filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, under the Fair Housing Act against a landlord. On behalf of a family of African-American tenants alleging housing discrimination, DOJ asked the Court ... read more >
On January 14, 2011, the United States Department of Justice filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, under the Fair Housing Act against a landlord. On behalf of a family of African-American tenants alleging housing discrimination, DOJ asked the Court for declaratory, injunctive, and monetary relief. The complaint alleges that the defendant landlords had abusively evicted the tenants, and yelled racial epithets at them repeatedly.

On April 11, 2011, the parties entered into a consent decree which enjoined the defendants from: 1) refusing to rent or negotiate for the rental of a dwelling to any person because of race or color, 2) making any advertising that indicates a preference, limitation, or discrimination based on race or color, 3) and coercing any person in the exercise or enjoyment of, or on account of his or her having exercised or enjoyed, rights granted or protected by the Fair Housing Act. The defendants agreed to pay $25,000 to the tenants and $5,000 in attorneys' fees. The duration of the order is three years.

Stacey McClurkin - 11/10/2011


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-area
Housing Sales/Rental
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Fair Housing Act/Fair Housing Amendments Act (FHAA), 42 U.S.C. ยงยง 3601 et seq.
Defendant(s) Katerina D. Cairns
Robert S. Cairns
Plaintiff Description United States
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 Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2011 - 2014
Case Closing Year 2011
Case Ongoing Yes
Docket(s)
8:11-cv-00100 (M.D. Fla.) 04/13/2011
FH-FL-0003-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 01/14/2011
FH-FL-0003-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree 04/11/2011
FH-FL-0003-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Lazzara, Richard A. (M.D. Fla.)
FH-FL-0003-0002 | FH-FL-0003-9000
Wilson, Thomas G. (M.D. Fla.) [Magistrate]
FH-FL-0003-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Figueroa, Migdalia (Florida)
FH-FL-0003-0002 | FH-FL-0003-9000
Grossman, Gregory Sagor (Florida)
FH-FL-0003-0002 | FH-FL-0003-9000
Holder, Eric H. Jr. (District of Columbia)
FH-FL-0003-0001 | FH-FL-0003-0002
Langworthy, Nancy Fay (District of Columbia)
FH-FL-0003-0001 | FH-FL-0003-0002 | FH-FL-0003-9000
Maurer, Michael S. (District of Columbia)
FH-FL-0003-0001 | FH-FL-0003-0002
Perez, Thomas E. (District of Columbia)
FH-FL-0003-0001 | FH-FL-0003-0002
Rosenbaum, Steven H. (District of Columbia)
FH-FL-0003-0001 | FH-FL-0003-0002
Stegeby, Erik Kenneth (Florida)
FH-FL-0003-0001 | FH-FL-0003-0002 | FH-FL-0003-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Smith, Thomas A. (Florida)
FH-FL-0003-0002
Other Lawyers None on record

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