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Case Name United States v. Summerhill Place, LLC FH-WA-0002
Docket / Court 2:10-cv-01150-JLR ( W.D. Wash. )
State/Territory Washington
Case Type(s) Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
On July 16, 2010, the United States Department of Justice filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, under the Fair Housing Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 3601-3631, against the owners, operators and managers of a 268-unit apartment complex located in Renton ... read more >
On July 16, 2010, the United States Department of Justice filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, under the Fair Housing Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 3601-3631, against the owners, operators and managers of a 268-unit apartment complex located in Renton Washington. The U.S. claimed that Defendants engaged in a pattern and practice of intentional discrimination against African Americans, Hispanics, people from India, and families with children by instructing staff not to show newly renovated apartments to them, steering them to less desirable buildings, demanding proof of citizenship, asking them not to speak to one another in their first language, requiring stricter application requirements, and refusing services. These behaviors were confirmed by testing conducted by the Fair Housing Council of Washington.

The case proceeded towards trial, but then settled on March 7, 2011, when the Court (Judge James Robart) approved a jointly submitted Consent Decree. Besides general non-discrimination provisions, the Decree prohibits the defendant owner from employing its manager in any position in connection with housing rentals. It also requires adoption, implementation, and notification to tenants of a Uniform Nondiscriminatory Procedure, and employee training on Fair Housing Act requirements. In includes provisions on recordkeeping, monitoring, and reporting, to facilitate compliance. Finally, the defendants agreed to pay $85,000 for the establishment of a settlement fund for victims of the Defendants' discrimination and a $25,000 civil penalty to be paid to the United States.

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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Monitoring
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Defendant-type
Multi-family housing provider
Discrimination-area
Housing Sales/Rental
Steering
Discrimination-basis
Family discrimination
National origin discrimination
Race discrimination
General
Disparate Treatment
Housing
Racial segregation
National Origin/Ethnicity
Hispanic
Indian
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Fair Housing Act/Fair Housing Amendments Act (FHAA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 3601 et seq.
Defendant(s) GRAN, Inc.
Summerhill Place, LLC
Plaintiff Description United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division
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 No
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Insurer Must Pay $100.5 Million in Redlining Case
The New York Times
Written: Oct. 27, 1998
By: Joseph B. Treaster
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Nationwide Settles Virginia Redlining Suit
Property Casualty 360
Written: May. 06, 2000
By: Amanda Levin
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  The Origins of Fair Lending Litigation
Written: Dec. 04, 2008
By: Andrew Nash (Washington University in St. Louis)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
2:10-cv-1150 (W.D. Wash.) 03/08/2012
FH-WA-0002-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 07/16/2010
FH-WA-0002-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section
Consent Order 03/08/2011
FH-WA-0002-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section
Stipulation and Order Regarding Distribution of Settlement Fund 03/08/2013
FH-WA-0002-0003 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Robart, James L. (W.D. Wash.)
FH-WA-0002-0002 | FH-WA-0002-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Allen, Julie (District of Columbia)
FH-WA-0002-0001 | FH-WA-0002-0002 | FH-WA-0002-0003 | FH-WA-0002-9000
Durkan, Jenny A (Washington)
FH-WA-0002-0001 | FH-WA-0002-0002
Frank, Beth Susan (New York)
FH-WA-0002-0002
Gugin, Patricia D (Washington)
FH-WA-0002-0001 | FH-WA-0002-0002 | FH-WA-0002-0003 | FH-WA-0002-9000
Moran, Timothy (District of Columbia)
FH-WA-0002-0001 | FH-WA-0002-0002
Rosenbaum, Steven H. (District of Columbia)
FH-WA-0002-0001 | FH-WA-0002-0002
Defendant's Lawyers Keeley, Brian K (Washington)
FH-WA-0002-0002 | FH-WA-0002-9000
Salgado, Pamela (Washington)
FH-WA-0002-0002 | FH-WA-0002-0003 | FH-WA-0002-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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