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Case Name Lambert v. Alexander County Housing Authority PH-IL-0002
Docket / Court 3:16-cv-513 ( S.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Public Housing
Case Summary
On May 10, 2016, this class-action lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois on behalf of over 1,000 current and former residents of Alexander County Housing Authority (ACHA) to remedy allegations of rampant discrimination based on race and family status as ... read more >
On May 10, 2016, this class-action lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois on behalf of over 1,000 current and former residents of Alexander County Housing Authority (ACHA) to remedy allegations of rampant discrimination based on race and family status as well as rent overcharges and a failure to maintain rental units. The plaintiffs sued ACHA under the Fair Housing Act, 42 U.S.C. §1983, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, and state law, seeking injunctive relief and damages. Represented by the Sargent Shriver National Center of Poverty Law and private counsel, the plaintiffs claimed that ACHA has persisted in racially discriminatory practices for the past 40 years, pointing to a previously settled lawsuit in which the Department of Justice found a pattern and practice of racially segregated housing. The plaintiffs also alleged that ACHA had ignored multiple requests to adequately maintain the housing units.

After filing three additional amended complaints, which included adding and removing individual plaintiffs and dropping the putative class-action claims for damages, as well as engaging in some discovery, the parties started participating in settlement conferences with Magistrate Judge Reona J. Daly. On July 27, 2017, the majority of the plaintiffs stipulated with the defendants to dismiss the case with prejudice and without costs. Three remaining plaintiffs failed to respond to the court on whether they intended to proceed with the case. On September 12, 2017, Chief Judge Michael J. Reagan dismissed and closed the case after the three remaining plaintiffs failed to further prosecute the case.

Abigail DeHart - 05/11/2017
Lisa Limb - 03/20/2019


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Defendant-type
Housing Authority
Multi-family housing provider
Discrimination-area
Housing Sales/Rental
Discrimination-basis
Family discrimination
Race discrimination
General
Buildings
Disparate Impact
Disparate Treatment
Housing
Pattern or Practice
Racial segregation
Sanitation / living conditions
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Fair Housing Act/Fair Housing Amendments Act (FHAA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 3601 et seq.
State law
Title VI, Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000d et seq.
Defendant(s) Alexander County Housing Authority
Plaintiff Description A class of over 1,000 current and former Alexander County Housing Authority residents alleging discrimination on the basis of race and family status as well as inadequate provision of housing maintenance.
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Pending
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Unknown
Source of Relief Settlement
Filing Year 2016
Case Closing Year 2017
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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  See this case at CourtListener.com (May provide additional documents and, for active cases, real-time alerts)
  Urban Institute Baseline Assessment of Public Housing Desegregation Cases
Date: 2000
By: George Galster et al. (Urban Institute, Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Faculty)
Citation: (2000)
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Docket(s)
3:16-cv-513 (S.D. Ill.)
PH-IL-0002-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/12/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint [ECF# 1]
PH-IL-0002-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/10/2016
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Third Amended Complaint [ECF# 66]
PH-IL-0002-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/13/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Stipulation of Dismissal [ECF# 97]
PH-IL-0002-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/27/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum & Order [ECF# 102] (S.D. Ill.)
PH-IL-0002-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/12/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges Daly, Reona Court not on record [Magistrate] show/hide docs
PH-IL-0002-9000
Reagan, Michael Joseph (S.D. Ill.) show/hide docs
PH-IL-0002-0004 | PH-IL-0002-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Coffey, Emily J. (Illinois) show/hide docs
PH-IL-0002-9000
Herrera, Kevin L. (Illinois) show/hide docs
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Walz, Katherine Elizabeth (Illinois) show/hide docs
PH-IL-0002-0001 | PH-IL-0002-0002 | PH-IL-0002-0005 | PH-IL-0002-9000
Wilmes, Christopher J. (Illinois) show/hide docs
PH-IL-0002-0001 | PH-IL-0002-0002 | PH-IL-0002-0005 | PH-IL-0002-9000
Wysong, Charles (Illinois) show/hide docs
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Defendant's Lawyers Cozart, Jessica B. (Missouri) show/hide docs
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Geoghegan, Carolyn J. (Missouri) show/hide docs
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Moore, Stephen J. (Missouri) show/hide docs
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