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Case Name Jeffrey O. v. City of Boca Raton FH-FL-0001
Docket / Court 9:03CV80178 ( S.D. Fla. )
State/Territory Florida
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance
Case Summary
On March 7, 2003, a group of recovering alcoholics and drug addicts filed a lawsuit under the Fair Housing Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act,
and 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the City of Boca Raton in the United States District Court, Southern District of Florida. The plaintiffs, ... read more >
On March 7, 2003, a group of recovering alcoholics and drug addicts filed a lawsuit under the Fair Housing Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act,
and 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the City of Boca Raton in the United States District Court, Southern District of Florida. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, asked the court for declaratory, injunctive, and monetary relief, claiming that an ordinance enacted by the city unlawfully prohibited drug and alcohol recovery facilites from operating within residentially zoned areas. Specifically, the plaintiffs claimed that they were direct targets of the ordinance which was passed in response to public outcry to remove the plaintiffs from residential neighborhoods.

On February 26, 2007, the court (Donald M. Middlebrooks) entered judgment in favor of the plaintiffs as to their Fair Housing Act claims. The plaintiffs were awarded nominal damages and the city was enjoined from enforcing section 2 of Ordinance 4649 and Section 28-2 as applied to recovering individuals.

After litigation over attorney fees and a failed appeal by the city, the case was closed.

Gregory Pitt - 07/31/2012


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Equal Protection
Discrimination-area
Zoning
Discrimination-basis
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
General
Housing
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Fair Housing Act/Fair Housing Amendments Act (FHAA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 3601 et seq.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12111 et seq.
42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) City of Boca Raton
Plaintiff Description Residents of drug and alcohol treatment facility
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Order Duration 2007 - n/a
Case Closing Year 2007
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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  The Origins of Fair Lending Litigation
Date: Dec 4, 2008
By: Andrew Nash (Washington University in St. Louis)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
9:03−cv−80178 (S.D. Fla.)
FH-FL-0001-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/02/2008
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Motion to Dismiss Second Amended Complaint [ECF# 62]
FH-FL-0001-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/22/2003
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
ORDER GRANTING IN PART DEFENDANT'S MOTION TO DISMISS SECOND AMENDED COMPLAINT [ECF# 76] (S.D. Fla.)
FH-FL-0001-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/23/2004
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Third Amended Complaint [ECF# 81]
FH-FL-0001-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/26/2004
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
CITY OF BOCA RATON' S MOTION FOR PARTIAL SUMMARY JUDGMENT [ECF# 109]
FH-FL-0001-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/18/2006
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
CITY OF BOCA RATON'S MEMORANDUM OF LAW IN SUPPORT OF MOTION FOR PARTIAL SUMMARY JUDGMENT [ECF# 111]
FH-FL-0001-0006.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/18/2006
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order of Recusal [ECF# 126] (S.D. Fla.)
FH-FL-0001-0007.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/01/2006
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
PLAINTIFFS’ MEMORANDUM OF LAW IN SUPPORT OF MOTION FOR PARTIAL SUMMARY JUDGMENT [ECF# 141]
FH-FL-0001-0008.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/01/2006
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
CITY OF BOCA RATON’S MEMORANDUM OF LAW IN OPPOSITION TO PLAINTIFFS’ MOTION FOR PARTIAL SUMMARY JUDGMENT (AND IN FAVOR OF CITY’S CROSS-MOTION) [ECF# 150]
FH-FL-0001-0009.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/20/2006
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
ORDER ON PARTIES’ MOTIONS FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT (511 F.Supp.2d 1328) (S.D. Fla.)
FH-FL-0001-0011.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 01/17/2007
Source: Google Scholar
FINAL ORDER (511 F.Supp.2d 1339) (S.D. Fla.)
FH-FL-0001-0012.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 02/26/2007
Source: Google Scholar
PLAINTIFFS' MOTION FOR NEW TRIAL OR TO ALTER OR AMEND JUDGMENT [ECF# 222]
FH-FL-0001-0010.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/15/2007
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Johnson, Linnea R. (S.D. Fla.)
FH-FL-0001-9000
Middlebrooks, Donald M. Court not on record
FH-FL-0001-0011 | FH-FL-0001-0012 | FH-FL-0001-9000
Paine, James Carriger Court not on record
FH-FL-0001-0004 | FH-FL-0001-0007 | FH-FL-0001-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Antorcha, Juan Carlos (Florida)
FH-FL-0001-0002 | FH-FL-0001-9000
Berg, Randall Challen Jr. (Florida)
FH-FL-0001-0002 | FH-FL-0001-9000
Gibson, Gerry S (Florida)
FH-FL-0001-9000
Green, James K. (Florida)
FH-FL-0001-0002 | FH-FL-0001-0008 | FH-FL-0001-0010
Hill, William King (Florida)
FH-FL-0001-0002 | FH-FL-0001-0008 | FH-FL-0001-0010 | FH-FL-0001-9000
Nieto, Gabrial Ernesto (Florida)
FH-FL-0001-0002 | FH-FL-0001-9000
Siegel, Peter Michael (Florida)
FH-FL-0001-0002
Vasquez, Melissa Pallet (Florida)
FH-FL-0001-0008 | FH-FL-0001-0010 | FH-FL-0001-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Cole, Jamie Alan (Florida)
FH-FL-0001-0003 | FH-FL-0001-0005 | FH-FL-0001-0006 | FH-FL-0001-0009 | FH-FL-0001-9000
Frieser, Diana Grub (Florida)
FH-FL-0001-0003 | FH-FL-0001-0005 | FH-FL-0001-0006 | FH-FL-0001-0009 | FH-FL-0001-9000
Mandel, Matthew Harris (Florida)
FH-FL-0001-0003 | FH-FL-0001-0005 | FH-FL-0001-0006 | FH-FL-0001-0009 | FH-FL-0001-9000

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