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Case Name United States v. Collier FH-LA-0001
Docket / Court 5:08-cv-00686-TS-MLH ( W.D. La. )
State/Territory Louisiana
Case Type(s) Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
On May 20, 2008, the United States filed a lawsuit under the Fair Housing Act, 42 U.S.C. §§3601-3619, against the managers and operators of a residential community in Haughton, Louisiana, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana. The plaintiff filed the suit on ... read more >
On May 20, 2008, the United States filed a lawsuit under the Fair Housing Act, 42 U.S.C. §§3601-3619, against the managers and operators of a residential community in Haughton, Louisiana, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana. The plaintiff filed the suit on behalf of a Caucasian couple who owned a town house located in the community and the couple who attempted to purchase the house from them. The plaintiff alleges the defendants prevented the sale of the complainants' home to the couple on the basis of race. The prospectives buyers were in fact white, but their real estate agent was black. The defendants believed that the agent's clients were also black and refused to permit the sale based on that belief.

Specifically, defendant applied different criteria (background check), made discriminatory statements and threatened to refuse to provide services, and ultimately forced the buyers to back out of the sale. The Plaintiff sought declaratory, injunctive and monetary relief as well as civil penalties.

After a September 2, 2009 bench trial, on September 28, 2010, the Court (Judge Stagg), entered a Memorandum Ruling and a Judgment, finding that defendant's actions were "a disingenuous scheme or device to exclude blacks ... and [are] additional evidence of a ... pattern or practice of racial discrimination." The court awarded the complainants $21,723.65 in damages, ordered the defendants to pay a $25,000 civil penalty to the United States, and enjoined the defendants from discriminating in their housing practices with respect to the sale or rental of dwellings on the basis of race. Judge Stagg ordered that the judgment remain in effect for 5 years.

The case was terminated on September 28, 2010.

Denise Heberle - 08/03/2012


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Defendant-type
Multi-family housing provider
Discrimination-area
Housing Sales/Rental
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
General
Access to public accommodations - privately owned
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Racial segregation
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) Kim Collier
Reggie Collier
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 Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration 2010 - 2015
Case Closing Year 2010
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
5:08-cv-00686 (W.D. La.) 12/16/2010
FH-LA-0001-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 05/20/2008
FH-LA-0001-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum 09/28/2010 (W.D. La.)
FH-LA-0001-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section
Judgment 09/28/2010 (W.D. La.)
FH-LA-0001-0003 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Hornsby, Mark L. (W.D. La.) [Magistrate]
FH-LA-0001-9000
Stagg, Thomas E. Jr. (W.D. La.)
FH-LA-0001-0002 | FH-LA-0001-0003 | FH-LA-0001-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Becker, Grace Chung (District of Columbia)
FH-LA-0001-0001
Broadwell, John A. (Louisiana)
FH-LA-0001-0001
Gaeta, Joseph R. (District of Columbia)
FH-LA-0001-9000
Keveney, Sean R. (District of Columbia)
FH-LA-0001-9000
Mukasey, Michael B. (New York)
FH-LA-0001-0001
Rosenbaum, Steven H. (District of Columbia)
FH-LA-0001-0001
Washington, Donald W. (District of Columbia)
FH-LA-0001-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Arceneaux, M. Thomas (Louisiana)
FH-LA-0001-9000
Edwards, Jerry (Louisiana)
FH-LA-0001-9000
Johnson, Jr., B. Slattery (Louisiana)
FH-LA-0001-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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