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Case Name United States v. Wheeling Housing Authority FH-WV-0001
Docket / Court 5:11-cv-00009 ( N.D. W. Va. )
State/Territory West Virginia
Case Type(s) Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
On January 14, 2011, the Department of Justice filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia under the Fair Housing Act against the Wheeling Housing Authority. The Department of Justice, on behalf of African-American residents of the Hil-Dar apartment ... read more >
On January 14, 2011, the Department of Justice filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia under the Fair Housing Act against the Wheeling Housing Authority. The Department of Justice, on behalf of African-American residents of the Hil-Dar apartment complex, sought declaratory, injunctive, and monetary relief, claiming that the Wheeling Housing Authority failed to take appropriate action when informed of racial harassment directed some African-American residents by other residents of the apartment complex. Specifically, the plaintiffs claimed that the defendant failed to respond to reports of verbal abuse, racial slurs, threats, and attempted assaults by a neighboring family.

On April 26, 2012, a consent order was approved by Judge Frederick P. Stamp in which the defendant agreed to cease all forms of racial discrimination, provide general notice of nondiscrimination to its tenants and prospective tenants, provide nondiscrimination training to its employees, maintain certain records and adhere to a reporting schedule, and provide the plaintiffs with monetary relief in the amount of $18,500. The consent order was in effect until 2015.

On May 30, 2013, parties agreed to modify the terms of Paragraph 19 of
the Consent Order to ensure that the defendant establish and adopt a policy to contact the Wheeling Police Department within seven days of receiving notification, from a resident or another source, that the Wheeling Police Department has visited the Hil-Dar Apartment Complex, and collect any reports of such police visits.

On March 18, 2014 Judge Stamp, in response to a motion filed by the plaintiffs, issued an order to distribute monetary damages to a minor who was soon reaching the age of majority.

Gregory Pitt - 08/02/2012
Lakshmi Gopal - 05/15/2016


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Defendant-type
Housing Authority
Discrimination-area
Housing Sales/Rental
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
General
Housing
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. ยงยง 3601 et seq.
Defendant(s) Wheeling Housing Authority
Plaintiff Description The United States on behalf of African-American residents of an apartment complex in West Virginia
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 2012 - 2015
Case Closing Year 2012
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)
5:11-cv-00009 (N.D. W. Va.) 03/18/2014
FH-WV-0001-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 01/14/2011
FH-WV-0001-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
CONSENT ORDER 04/26/2012 (N.D. W. Va.)
FH-WV-0001-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Agreement to Modify Consent Order 05/30/2013 (N.D. W. Va.)
FH-WV-0001-0003 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order to Distribute Monetary Damages to Minor, When Age of Majority is Reached 03/18/2014 (N.D. W. Va.)
FH-WV-0001-0004 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Stamp, Frederick Pfarr Jr. (N.D. W. Va.)
FH-WV-0001-0002 | FH-WV-0001-0004 | FH-WV-0001-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bond, Rebecca B. (District of Columbia)
FH-WV-0001-0001
Frank, Beth Susan (New York)
FH-WV-0001-0001 | FH-WV-0001-0003 | FH-WV-0001-9000
Ihlenfeld, William J. II (West Virginia)
FH-WV-0001-0003
Majeed, Sameena Shina (District of Columbia)
FH-WV-0001-0003
McGonigal, Alan G. (West Virginia)
FH-WV-0001-0001 | FH-WV-0001-0003 | FH-WV-0001-9000
Rosenbaum, Steven H. (District of Columbia)
FH-WV-0001-0003 | FH-WV-0001-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Delk, Jr., David L. (West Virginia)
FH-WV-0001-0003 | FH-WV-0001-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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