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Case Name Fair Housing Center of Washtenaw County and United States v. Acme Investments, Inc. FH-MI-0007
Docket / Court 5:09-cv-12815-SFC-MKM ( E.D. Mich. )
State/Territory Michigan
Case Type(s) Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance
Attorney Organization Relman, Dane & Colfax
U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
This case consolidated two separate fair housing lawsuits, which were then settled together.

The Fair Housing Center of Washtenaw County, Inc. (also known as the Fair Housing Center of Southeastern Michigan), filed the first action, Case 2:09-cv-12815-SFC-MKM (E.D. Mich.), in the U.S. ... read more >
This case consolidated two separate fair housing lawsuits, which were then settled together.

The Fair Housing Center of Washtenaw County, Inc. (also known as the Fair Housing Center of Southeastern Michigan), filed the first action, Case 2:09-cv-12815-SFC-MKM (E.D. Mich.), in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The suit, filed July 16, 2009, alleged that Acme Investments, Inc., which owned and operated Ivanhoe House Apartments, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, of systematic discrimination against African-Americans in violation of the Fair Housing Act ("FHA"), 42 U.S.C. § 3601 et seq., the Civil Rights Acts of 1866 and 1870, 42 U.S.C. §§ 1981 and 1982, and the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, M.C.L. § 37.2501 et seq. On March 3, 2010, the United States filed a similar action against the same defendants in the same court, Civil Action No. 2:10-cv-10853, to enforce the provisions of Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, as amended by the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988, 42 U.S.C. §§ 3601 et seq. The case had been developed through testing, which revealed that Acme employees frequently told African American persons that no units were available while simultaneously telling white persons units were available to rent or inspect; and refused to process applications by African Americans. The cases sought declaratory, injunctive, and monetary relief, along with civil penalties. The court (Judge Sean Cox) consolidated the two on March 31, 2010.

The parties entered settlement negotiations, and on July 7, 2010, the Court entered a three-year Consent Decree for the parties. The Consent Decree forbids discrimination, and includes provisions requiring training, public notice, and record-keeping. Defendants agreed to pay $35,000 to the aggrieved persons, $40,000 to the Fair Housing Center, and a $7,500 civil penalty.

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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Comply with advertising/recruiting requirements
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Defendant-type
Multi-family housing provider
Discrimination-area
Housing Sales/Rental
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
General
Disparate Treatment
Housing
Pattern or Practice
Record-keeping
Records Disclosure
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. §§ 3601 et seq.
Defendant(s) Acme Investments, Inc.
Ivanhoe Apartments
Plaintiff Description United States Department of Justice and the Fair Housing Center of Washtenaw County
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Relman, Dane & Colfax
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 - 2013
Case Closing Year 2010
Case Ongoing Yes
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Insurer Must Pay $100.5 Million in Redlining Case
The New York Times
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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-10853 (E.D. Mich.) 04/02/2010
FH-MI-0007-9001.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
2:10-cv-10853 (E.D. Mich.) 07/06/2010
FH-MI-0007-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint for Injunctive, Declaratory, and Monetary Relief 07/16/2009
FH-MI-0007-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Complaint 03/03/2010
FH-MI-0007-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Order 07/06/2010
FH-MI-0007-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Cox, Sean Francis (E.D. Mich.)
FH-MI-0007-0002 | FH-MI-0007-9000 | FH-MI-0007-9001
Majzoub, Mona K. (E.D. Mich.) [Magistrate]
FH-MI-0007-9001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Chang, D. Scott (District of Columbia)
FH-MI-0007-0002 | FH-MI-0007-0003 | FH-MI-0007-9000
Dane, Stephen M. (District of Columbia)
FH-MI-0007-0002 | FH-MI-0007-0003 | FH-MI-0007-9000
Holder, Eric H. Jr. (District of Columbia)
FH-MI-0007-0001
Levy, Judith Ellen (Michigan)
FH-MI-0007-0001 | FH-MI-0007-0002 | FH-MI-0007-9000 | FH-MI-0007-9001
Lincoln, Holly C. (District of Columbia)
FH-MI-0007-0001 | FH-MI-0007-0002 | FH-MI-0007-9000
McQuade, Barbara L. (Michigan)
FH-MI-0007-0001 | FH-MI-0007-0002
Moran, Timothy (District of Columbia)
FH-MI-0007-0001 | FH-MI-0007-0002
Perez, Thomas E. (District of Columbia)
FH-MI-0007-0001 | FH-MI-0007-0002
Rosenbaum, Steven H. (District of Columbia)
FH-MI-0007-0001 | FH-MI-0007-0002
Tomkowiak, Steve (Michigan)
FH-MI-0007-0002 | FH-MI-0007-0003 | FH-MI-0007-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Pitts, Stanley (Michigan)
FH-MI-0007-0002 | FH-MI-0007-9000
Quinn, Brian (Michigan)
FH-MI-0007-0002 | FH-MI-0007-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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