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Case Name United States v. Bouchon FH-LA-0002
Docket / Court 2:11-cv-02157-KDE-DEK ( E.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 August 29, 2011, the United States Department of Justice filed suit under the Fair Housing Act, 42 U.S.C. §§3601, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, against owners, operators and managers of a 16-unit apartment building in New Orleans, Louisiana. The DOJ ... read more >
On August 29, 2011, the United States Department of Justice filed suit under the Fair Housing Act, 42 U.S.C. §§3601, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, against owners, operators and managers of a 16-unit apartment building in New Orleans, Louisiana. The DOJ alleged that testing completed by the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center revealed that the defendants had engaged in a pattern and practice of rental discrimination on the basis of race or color. Specifically, the complaint alleged that defendants refused to return phone calls from prospective renters who were African-American, but did return phone calls from prospective white renters, and otherwise made units unavailable to persons of color. The U.S. sought injunctive, declaratory, and monetary relief as well as civil penalties.

Settlement negotiations preceded the lawsuit, and the parties filed a proposed settlement concurrently with the complaint. On September 02, 2011, the Court (Judge Kurt D. Engelhardt) approved that four-year Consent Order. The decree covered all properties in which the defendants have any ownership or management interest; in addition to generally prohibiting discrimination, it required development and posting of non-discrimination policies, prominent posting of availability of units with the Equal Housing Opportunity slogan, explicit anti-discrimination notices in all advertising, and training of all employees. The settlement also provided for a system of recordkeeping to insure people of color were not being turned away, and maintenance of a timely updated list of available units.

Defendants paid $50,000 to the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center and $10,000 as a civil penalty. The case terminated on September 07, 2011.

Asma Husain - 02/07/2016


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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
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Defendant-type
Multi-family housing provider
Discrimination-area
Housing Sales/Rental
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
General
Disparate Treatment
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. §§ 3601 et seq.
Defendant(s) Bouchon Limited Family Partnership
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 2011 - 2015
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Yes
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)
2:11-cv-02157 (E.D. La.) 09/07/2011
FH-LA-0002-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 08/29/2011
FH-LA-0002-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Justice Department Obtains $70,000 Settlement in Housing Discrimination Lawsuit Against New Orleans Landlords 08/29/2011
FH-LA-0002-0003.pdf | External Link | Detail
Document Source: U.S. Dep't of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Housing and Civil Enforcement
Consent Order 09/02/2011
FH-LA-0002-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Engelhardt, Kurt D. (E.D. La.)
FH-LA-0002-0002 | FH-LA-0002-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bond, Rebecca B. (District of Columbia)
FH-LA-0002-0001 | FH-LA-0002-0002
Gutierrez, Sandra Ema (Louisiana)
FH-LA-0002-0001 | FH-LA-0002-0002 | FH-LA-0002-9000
Keveney, Sean R. (District of Columbia)
FH-LA-0002-0001 | FH-LA-0002-0002 | FH-LA-0002-9000
Letten, Jim (Louisiana)
FH-LA-0002-0001 | FH-LA-0002-0002 | FH-LA-0002-9000
Perez, Thomas E. (District of Columbia)
FH-LA-0002-9000
Rosenbaum, Steven H. (District of Columbia)
FH-LA-0002-0001 | FH-LA-0002-0002 | FH-LA-0002-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Gaffney, Michael (Louisiana)
FH-LA-0002-0002
Other Lawyers None on record

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