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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 this 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 this 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 residents also allege that ACHA has ignored many requests to adequately maintain the housing units, citing multiple health and safety deficiencies.

On March 2, 2017 the defendants moved to dismiss, and as of May 11, 2017 the case is ongoing. According to a recent motion on a procedural issue, the matter is close to settlement.

Abigail DeHart - 05/11/2017


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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
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Case Ongoing Yes
Additional Resources
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  Urban Institute Baseline Assessment of Public Housing Desegregation Cases
Date: 2000
By: George Galster et al. (Urban Institute, Housing and Urban Development (HUD))
Citation: (2000)
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Docket(s)
3:16-cv-513 (S.D. Ill.)
PH-IL-0002-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/10/2017
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]
Judges Daly, Reona Court not on record [Magistrate]
PH-IL-0002-9000
Reagan, Michael Joseph (S.D. Ill.)
PH-IL-0002-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Coffey, Emily J. (Illinois)
PH-IL-0002-9000
Herrera, Kevin L. (Illinois)
PH-IL-0002-9000
Walz, Katherine Elizabeth (Illinois)
PH-IL-0002-0001 | PH-IL-0002-0002 | PH-IL-0002-9000
Wilmes, Christopher J. (Illinois)
PH-IL-0002-0001 | PH-IL-0002-0002 | PH-IL-0002-9000
Wysong, Charles (Illinois)
PH-IL-0002-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Cozart, Jessica B. (Missouri)
PH-IL-0002-9000
Geoghegan, Carolyn J. (Missouri)
PH-IL-0002-9000
Moore, Stephen J. (Missouri)
PH-IL-0002-9000

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