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Case Name Jones et al. v. City of Faribault FH-MN-0002
Docket / Court 0:18-cv-01643 ( D. Minn. )
State/Territory Minnesota
Case Type(s) Criminal Justice (Other)
Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance
Attorney Organization ACLU Affiliates (any)
ACLU National (all projects)
Case Summary
On June 13, 2018, a resettlement non-profit for the Somali community and six Black apartment–renters and –seekers in Faribault, Minnesota, filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. The plaintiffs sued the City of Faribault under the Fair Housing Act and 42 U.S ... read more >
On June 13, 2018, a resettlement non-profit for the Somali community and six Black apartment–renters and –seekers in Faribault, Minnesota, filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. The plaintiffs sued the City of Faribault under the Fair Housing Act and 42 U.S.C. § 1981. The plaintiffs, represented by the ACLU and private counsel, sought injunctive, declaratory, and monetary relief, along with attorneys’ fees, claiming violations of the Fair Housing Act and the equal protection clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment and the Minnesota Constitution. The plaintiffs alleged that the City of Faribault adopted a discriminatory housing ordinance in order to target the growing population of Black and Somali residents. The ordinance allowed police to evict an entire household if they deemed any one member to have engaged in criminal activity, even without an arrest or prosecution. It also prohibited landlords from leasing to tenants with any criminal record and limited the number of people allowed to reside in a unit to two people per legal bedroom plus one. The plaintiffs alleged that the ordinance had the intent and effect of denying dwellings specifically to Black and Somali residents. The case was assigned to Chief Judge John R. Tunheim.

On June 29 2018, the plaintiffs filed an amended complaint, and the plaintiffs filed a second amended complaint on Dec 18, 2019.

Since the lawsuit was filed, the parties have vigorously litigated discovery, and the case is ongoing.

Ashton Dubey - 01/04/2020


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Equal Protection
Defendant-type
Jurisdiction-wide
Discrimination-area
Housing Sales/Rental
Discrimination-basis
National origin discrimination
Race discrimination
General
Disparate Impact
Disparate Treatment
Housing
Pattern or Practice
National Origin/Ethnicity
Other
Plaintiff Type
Non-profit NON-religious organization
Race
Black
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1981
Fair Housing Act/Fair Housing Amendments Act (FHAA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 3601 et seq.
Defendant(s) Faribault
Plaintiff Description A resettlement organization for the Somali community and six Black apartment-renters and -seekers in Faribault, Minnesota
Indexed Lawyer Organizations ACLU Affiliates (any)
ACLU National (all projects)
Class action status sought No
Class action status outcome Not sought
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Filed 06/13/2018
Case Ongoing Yes
Additional Resources
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  Jones et al v. City of Faribault
American Civil Liberties Union
Date: Feb. 18, 2021
By: ACLU
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  The Origins of Fair Lending Litigation
Date: Dec. 4, 2008
By: Andrew Nash (Washington University in St. Louis Law Student)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ] [ External Link ]

Court Docket(s)
D. Minn.
05/15/2020
0:18-cv-01643
FH-MN-0002-9000.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
D. Minn.
06/13/2018
Complaint [ECF# 1]
FH-MN-0002-0001.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
D. Minn.
06/29/2018
Amended Complaint [ECF# 9]
FH-MN-0002-0002.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
D. Minn.
12/18/2019
Second Amended Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief and Damages (Part 1/3) [ECF# 118, 118-1]
FH-MN-0002-0003.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
D. Minn.
12/18/2019
Second Amended Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief and Damages (Part 2/3) [ECF# 118-2, 118-3]
FH-MN-0002-0005.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
D. Minn.
12/18/2019
Second Amended Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief and Damages (Part 3/3) [ECF# 118-4 to 118-13]
FH-MN-0002-0006.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges Tunheim, John R. (D. Minn.) show/hide docs
FH-MN-0002-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Balthazor, O. Joseph Jr. (Minnesota) show/hide docs
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Blakely, Brandon (Minnesota) show/hide docs
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Bratlie, Ian (Minnesota) show/hide docs
FH-MN-0002-0001 | FH-MN-0002-0002 | FH-MN-0002-0003 | FH-MN-0002-0005 | FH-MN-0002-0006 | FH-MN-0002-9000
Calvo-Friedman, Jennesa (New York) show/hide docs
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Carter, Mark (New York) show/hide docs
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Flaherty, Scott M. (Minnesota) show/hide docs
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Goodman, Rachel E.. (New York) show/hide docs
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Mathai, Amreeta (New York) show/hide docs
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Nelson, Teresa J. (Minnesota) show/hide docs
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Riegel, Joshua David (New York) show/hide docs
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Romo, Gerardo (New York) show/hide docs
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Defendant's Lawyers Angolkar, Stephanie A. (Minnesota) show/hide docs
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Kuboushek, Jason J. (Minnesota) show/hide docs
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Reuvers, Paul D. (Minnesota) show/hide docs
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