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Case Name United States v. Autumn Ridge Condominium Association, Inc. FH-IN-0005
Docket / Court 2:08-cv-0208 ( N.D. Ind. )
State/Territory Indiana
Case Type(s) Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
On July 14, 2008, the United States filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court of Indiana under the Fair Housing Act, 42 U.S.C. §3601-3619, against a condominium association and its Board of Directors. The plaintiff brought the suit on behalf of an African American couple and their two ... read more >
On July 14, 2008, the United States filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court of Indiana under the Fair Housing Act, 42 U.S.C. §3601-3619, against a condominium association and its Board of Directors. The plaintiff brought the suit on behalf of an African American couple and their two minor children. Specifically, the plaintiff challenged the defendants' "no minors" restriction as violative of the Fair Housing Act, and claimed the defendant refused to sell a unit to the family on the basis of race and familial status.

On October 28, 2010, the Court (Judge Simon) entered a four-year consent order agreed to by the parties. The order contains gereral prohibitions against discrimination of the basis of familial status or race, requires the Board to amend its policies as to minors and to provide training to all officers and directors on the Board, permanently removed and replaced the Board President, and required payment of $106,500 in damages, and a $13,500 civil penalty.

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
Family discrimination
Race discrimination
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) Autumn Ridge Condominium Association, Inc.
James Reed
Richard Arcie
Ronald Patterson
Plaintiff Description United States Department of Justice
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 2010 - 2014
Case Closing Year 2014
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
2:08-cv-0208 (N.D. Ind.) 10/27/2010
FH-IN-0005-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 07/14/2008
FH-IN-0005-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section
Agreed Consent Order 10/27/2010
FH-IN-0005-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section
Judges Simon, Philip P. (N.D. Ind.)
FH-IN-0005-0002 | FH-IN-0005-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Becker, Grace Chung (District of Columbia)
FH-IN-0005-9000
Capp, David A. (District of Columbia)
FH-IN-0005-0001 | FH-IN-0005-0002
Harkin, Jeffrey A. (Indiana)
FH-IN-0005-0002
Jefferson, Sharon J. (Indiana)
FH-IN-0005-0001 | FH-IN-0005-0002 | FH-IN-0005-9000
Moran, Timothy (District of Columbia)
FH-IN-0005-0001 | FH-IN-0005-0002
Parr, Elizabeth (District of Columbia)
FH-IN-0005-0001 | FH-IN-0005-0002 | FH-IN-0005-9000
Rosenbaum, Steven H. (District of Columbia)
FH-IN-0005-9000
Weigle, David W. (Indiana)
FH-IN-0005-0002 | FH-IN-0005-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Abrahamson, Harold (Indiana)
FH-IN-0005-0002 | FH-IN-0005-9000
Halm, Jonathan E. (Indiana)
FH-IN-0005-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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