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Case Name U.S. v. Waisbord FH-PA-0001
Docket / Court 2:06-cv-01124-JF ( E.D. Pa. )
State/Territory Pennsylvania
Case Type(s) Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance
Case Summary
The Department of Justice filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on March 15, 2006, alleging violations of the Fair Housing Act (FHA), 42 U.S.C. § 3612(o), on behalf of a minority renter. The DOJ alleged that the Defendant-landlords had been contacted by a ... read more >
The Department of Justice filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on March 15, 2006, alleging violations of the Fair Housing Act (FHA), 42 U.S.C. § 3612(o), on behalf of a minority renter. The DOJ alleged that the Defendant-landlords had been contacted by a prospective tenant who expressed interest in renting one of Defendants' properties and that the Defendants refused to rent the property to the prospective tenant because of her race.

On July 31, 2006, the parties entered a consent decree with the District Court, which would retain jurisdiction for three years. Under the consent decree, the Defendants agreed to pay the prospective tenant $40,000 in damages, operate under an injunction against future violations of the FHA, post notices of its nondiscrimination policy, and create a training program to guard against future violations of the FHA.

Andrew Nash - 06/02/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Discrimination-area
Housing Sales/Rental
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
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) Ava Waisbord
Daniel Waisbord
Helene Waisbord
Plaintiff Description An African-American woman whose rental agent quoted her at a higher price than he did a Caucasian woman for the same property.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought None on record
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 2006 - 2009
Case Closing Year 2006
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
2:06-cv-01124-JF (E.D. Pa.) 09/06/2006
FH-PA-0001-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 03/15/2006
FH-PA-0001-0001.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree 07/31/2006
FH-PA-0001-0002.pdf | Detail
DOJ Press Release: "Justice Department Settles Race Discrimination Case with Owners and Manager of Philadelphia Rental Properties" 07/31/2006
FH-PA-0001-0003.pdf | Detail
Judges Fullam, John Patrick (E.D. Pa.)
FH-PA-0001-0002 | FH-PA-0001-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Gibson, Virginia A. (District of Columbia)
FH-PA-0001-0001 | FH-PA-0001-0002
Gonzales, Alberto (District of Columbia)
FH-PA-0001-0001 | FH-PA-0001-0003
Hutchinson, Margaret L. (Pennsylvania)
FH-PA-0001-0001 | FH-PA-0001-0002
Kim, Wan J. (District of Columbia)
FH-PA-0001-0001 | FH-PA-0001-0002 | FH-PA-0001-0003 | FH-PA-0001-9000
Maurer, Michael S. (District of Columbia)
FH-PA-0001-0001 | FH-PA-0001-0002 | FH-PA-0001-9000
Meehan, Patrick L. (Pennsylvania)
FH-PA-0001-0001 | FH-PA-0001-0002
Richmond, Erin M. (District of Columbia)
FH-PA-0001-0001 | FH-PA-0001-0002 | FH-PA-0001-9000
Rosenbaum, Steven H. (District of Columbia)
FH-PA-0001-0001 | FH-PA-0001-0002 | FH-PA-0001-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Lindy, Jeffery M. (Pennsylvania)
FH-PA-0001-0002 | FH-PA-0001-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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