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Case Name United States of America v. Mississippi Regional Housing Authority VIII, SMBC, Inc. FH-MS-0005
Docket / Court 1:09-cv-174 LG RHW ( S.D. Miss. )
State/Territory Mississippi
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
The U.S. Department of justice brought this fair housing case in 2009 against the Missippi Regional Housing Authority on behalf of a resident who has mobility impairments and who was denied the reasonable accommodation of being placed in a ground floor unit. The case was brought in the U.S. ... read more >
The U.S. Department of justice brought this fair housing case in 2009 against the Missippi Regional Housing Authority on behalf of a resident who has mobility impairments and who was denied the reasonable accommodation of being placed in a ground floor unit. The case was brought in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi.

On March 26, the parties entered a Consent Decree, approved by the Court (Judge Louis Guirola, Jr.) which provided for extensive antidiscrimination reforms. The Consent Decree expired on March 26, 2012.

Denise Heberle - 06/20/2012


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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
Disability
Mobility impairment
Discrimination-area
Housing Sales/Rental
Discrimination-basis
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Causes of Action Fair Housing Act/Fair Housing Amendments Act (FHAA), 42 U.S.C. ยงยง 3601 et seq.
Defendant(s) Missippi Regional Housing Authority
Plaintiff Description United States on behalf of public housing resident with mobility impairments denied ground floor apartment.
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 - 2012
Case Closing Year 2012
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
1:09−cv−00174 (S.D. Miss.) 06/02/2012
FH-MS-0005-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Consent Decree 03/26/2010
FH-MS-0005-0001.pdf | Detail
Judges Guirola, Louis Jr. (S.D. Miss., W.D. Tex.) [Magistrate]
FH-MS-0005-0001 | FH-MS-0005-9000
Walker, Robert H. (S.D. Miss.) [Magistrate]
FH-MS-0005-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Paige, Mitzi Dease (Mississippi)
FH-MS-0005-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Cowart, Craig Alan (Tennessee)
FH-MS-0005-0001 | FH-MS-0005-9000
Shemper, Michael Jacob (Mississippi)
FH-MS-0005-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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