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Case Name United States v. Dovenberg Investments, LLC FH-WI-0002
Docket / Court 3:11-cv-00738 ( W.D. Wis. )
State/Territory Wisconsin
Case Type(s) Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
On October 28, 2011, the United States filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Western District, under the Fair Housing Act, 42 U.S.C. §§3601-3631, against the owner of a single-family rental home located in Bangor, Wisconsin. The suit was on behalf of a complainant who was a ... read more >
On October 28, 2011, the United States filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Western District, under the Fair Housing Act, 42 U.S.C. §§3601-3631, against the owner of a single-family rental home located in Bangor, Wisconsin. The suit was on behalf of a complainant who was a single mother with a minor child; the U.S. alleged--and the defendant conceded-- that the Defendant refused to rent the home to the complainant because of her sex and familial status. The parties moved for entry of a Consent Decree simultaneously with filing the Complaint, in a filing in which the defendant agreed that the alleged conduct had occurred and was unlawful.

The Court (Judge James Robart) approved that three-year consent decree in November 2011. In addition to general prohibitions against discrimination on the basis of sex and familial status, record-keeping and reporting requirements, the Decree requires defendants to declare that they are committed to "Equal Housing Opportunity" in all advertising and on leases; and to engage in EHO training. Defendants also agreed to pay the Complainants $15,000, and to issue a formal, written apology.

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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Apology
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Monitoring
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Defendant-type
Single family housing provider
Discrimination-area
Housing Sales/Rental
Discrimination-basis
Family discrimination
Sex discrimination
General
Housing
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Causes of Action Fair Housing Act/Fair Housing Amendments Act (FHAA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 3601 et seq.
Defendant(s) Dovenberg Investments, LLC
Plaintiff Description United States
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)
3:11-cv-00738 (W.D. Wis.) 11/17/2011
FH-WI-0002-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 10/28/2011
FH-WI-0002-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section
Consent Decree 11/17/2011
FH-WI-0002-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section
Judges Conley, William Martin (W.D. Wis.)
FH-WI-0002-0002 | FH-WI-0002-9000
Crocker, Stephen L. (W.D. Wis.) [Magistrate]
FH-WI-0002-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Oswald, Barbara L. (Wisconsin)
FH-WI-0002-0001 | FH-WI-0002-0002 | FH-WI-0002-9000
Vaudreuil, John W. (Wisconsin)
FH-WI-0002-0002
Defendant's Lawyers Radcliffe, Richard (Wisconsin)
FH-WI-0002-0002 | FH-WI-0002-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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