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The Firm

Relman, Dane & Colfax is a civil rights law firm based in Washington, D.C., with additional offices in Ohio and New Mexico. We litigate civil rights cases in the areas of housing, lending, employment, public accommodations, education, and police accountability. Our national practice includes individual and class action lawsuits on behalf of plaintiffs who have suffered discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, national origin, color, religion, sex, disability, age, familial status, source of income, and sexual orientation.

The firm also provides legal counsel to progressive companies that demonstrate a commitment to best practices in the way they conduct business. Such counsel includes representation of financial institutions in reporting to their regulators on fair lending and fair servicing issues.  We conduct investigations and provide counseling regarding consumer protection, privacy, lending, employment, whistleblower, and federal regulatory matters.  Our practice also includes analysis and strategy regarding public policy issues and proposed legislation affecting civil rights.

In the News

Village of Coxsackie, New York Sued for Excluding African Americans and Families with Children
On October 1, 2018, Relman, Dane & Colfax filed suit against the Village of Coxsackie, New York on behalf of UMH Properties, a developer seeking to build a community of affordable manufactured homes in the village. UMH began plans to develop a manufactured home community called Mountainview Estates in 2004. Village officials initially supported the development, but immediately reversed their position when residents in the area mounted an opposition campaign. Village officials bowed to the residents' discriminatory views and for the next thirteen years utilized a variety of methods to prevent the development. To read more and review the Complaint click here.

Relman, Dane & Colfax Files Amicus Brief Supporting Planned Parenthood Suit Against Trump Administration
Relman, Dane & Colfax recently filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on behalf of a coalition of 19 cities and counties supporting Planned Parenthood's challenge to a Trump Administration action that threatens to upend long-standing federal funding for contraceptive and reproductive health services. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)--without first giving notice or asking for comment--abruptly added new criteria for funding recipients, such as emphasizing abstinence counseling, working with faith-based organizations, and providing unrelated services at the same location. The cities' brief supports Planned Parenthood's argument that HHS's action violated the Administrative Procedure Act (APA). To read more and review the brief click here.

Federal Court Upholds Jury Verdict in Predatory Lending Case
Relman, Dane & Colfax has secured another victory on behalf of eight individual plaintiffs in its ongoing litigation against Emigrant Savings Bank. On August 30, 2018, Judge Sterling Johnson of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York upheld a June 2016 jury verdict finding that Emigrant's predatory loans violated the Fair Housing Act and other civil rights laws. Concluding that a waiver provision signed by two of the plaintiffs was void, and that the jury's award was insufficient to make the plaintiffs whole, the Court ruled that they are entitled to a new trial on damages. To read more and review the Court's decision click here.