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Supreme Court agrees to hear racial housing discrimination case

Posted By Sharon McCloskey On June 17, 2013 @ 11:21 am In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

The Supreme Court agreed [1] today to decide whether, under the Fair Housing Act, proof that a residential property practice had a disparate impact on a particular group suffices for a claim of discrimination, or whether challengers must prove instead intent to discriminate.

In the case, Township of Mount Holly v. Mount Holly Gardens Citizens in Action [2] — which will be argued in the fall — African-American and Hispanic residents of a neighborhood pegged for demolition and redevelopment in Mount Holly, N.J., sued to block the project, saying it targeted a predominantly minority area.

As noted here [3] , the housing act does not explicitly cover disparate impact claims, unlike other anti-discrimination laws.  The outcome could affect other laws as well, including one that prohibits discrimination in lending and is enforced by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.



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[1] agreed: http://www.supremecourt.gov/orders/courtorders/061713zor_2dp3.pdf

[2] Township of Mount Holly v. Mount Holly Gardens Citizens in Action: http://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/mount-holly-v-mt-holly-gardens-citizens-in-action-inc/

[3] here: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/scotus-agrees-to-hear-nj-racial-housing-discrimination-case.php

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