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  • Federal Court Consent Decree Clears Way for Delaware Affordable Housing Project

    Bernie Kleina Housing MuralRelman, Dane & Colfax is pleased to announce the successful resolution, on November 28, 2012, of claims it brought on behalf of Diamond State Community Land Trust. Read more.

  • Carter, et al. v. Housing Authority of the Town of Winchester (D. Conn.)

    On August 1, 2012, on behalf of Crystal Carter and the Connecticut Fair Housing Center ("CFHC"), Relman, Dane & Colfax filed a federal lawsuit against the Housing Authority of the Town of Winchester, Connecticut ("WHA") alleging that WHA discriminates against African-Americans and Hispanics by imposing a "residency requirement" in its allocation of Section 8 housing choice vouchers. Read more.

  • Kendra Velzen et al. v. Grand Valley State University (W.D. Mich.)

    On March 30, 2012, on behalf of Kendra Velzen and the Fair Housing Center of West Michigan, Relman, Dane & Colfax filed a federal lawsuit against Grand Valley (Michigan) State University ("GVSU") asserting that the University violated Ms. Velzen's rights under federal and state fair housing laws by denying her the right to live with her emotional support animal. Read more.

  • Federal Court Recognizes that Owners May be Liable for Renting Inaccessible Apartments

    Relman, Dane & Colfax is pleased to announce an important new court decision governing the obligation of apartment owners to provide accessible multifamily housing. Read more.

  • Jury Awards Over $1.04 Million to Fair Housing Act Plaintiffs

    On February 7, 2012, a federal jury in Fort Lauderdale, Florida awarded more than $1 million to seven families discriminatorily forced from their Central Florida homes because they had children living in the households. Read more.

  • Federal Court Preliminarily Enjoins Enforcement of Alabama Anti-Immigrant Law

    Today Judge Myron Thompson issued a preliminary injunction blocking the application of a provision of Alabama's anti-immigrant law that threatened to push immigrant families out of their homes. Read more.

  • Federal Court Enjoins Alabama Officials from Relying on Anti-Immigrant Law HB 56 in Issuing Mobile Home Registration Tags

    On Wednesday, November 23, 2011, after several hours of testimony, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama temporarily enjoined Alabama state officials from enforcing a section of Alabama's anti-immigrant law HB 56 against families who live in mobile homes. Read more.

  • Class Action Challenging Alabama's Anti-Immigrant Law Filed

  • On Friday, November 18, 2011, three Alabama fair housing groups and a class of victims filed a federal class-action lawsuit challenging a provision of Alabama's anti-immigrant law, alleging that it violates the Fair Housing Act, subjects individuals to criminal charges and threatens to leave families across the state homeless. Read more.

  • Summary Judgment Granted in Favor of Fair Housing Act Plaintiffs

  • On November 1, 2011, a federal court in Florida granted summary judgment in favor of seven Plaintiff families on their Fair Housing Act claims against an apartment complex attempting to rid itself of all families with children. Read more.

  • Tracey Herron et al. v. A. Ray Brown Family Investment LP

  • Relman, Dane & Colfax has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of the Miami Valley Fair Housing Center and two former property managers alleging that an Ohio property owner and landlord engaged in a pattern and practice of discrimination against African Americans, Latinos, and families with children in violation of the Fair Housing Act (FHA). Read more.

  • Housing Research and Advocacy Center v. K&D Group

  • On June 8, 2011, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio approved the settlement of a housing discrimination lawsuit alleging disability discrimination by the designers and builders of the largest single residential project in Cleveland in 97 years. Read more.

  • Gewalt v. Porter

  • Relman, Dane & Colfax represented a gay couple in Northern California who were subjected to years of discriminatory harassment on the basis of their sexual orientation by their neighbors, Britt and Stuart Porter. Read more. 

  • Jury Awards Developer $1 Million in Federal Fair Housing Act Case

  • On July 2, 2010, a federal jury awarded $1 million to The Anderson Group, an Albany, New York developer that had sought to build a development that included 60 units affordable to low- and moderate-income families. Read more.

  • Landmark Settlement of Texas' AFFH Obligations

    Relman, Dane & Colfax is pleased to announce the settlement of landmark Fair Housing Act complaint filed by Texas Low Income Housing Information Service and Texas Appleseed against the State of Texas. Read more.

  • NFHA Settlement with A.G. Spanos Construction Co. will Retrofit 12,300 Apartments

    Relman & Dane, PLLC is pleased to announce one of the largest Fair Housing Act design and construction settlements since the Act was amended in 1988. Read more.

  • Johns v. Stillwell

    On Friday, May 29, 2009, Relman, Dane & Colfax won a jury verdict of $250,000 for an African-American couple whose landlord removed all their belongings while they were out of town and then burned them on the property of the home the couple had rented in Gordonsville, Virginia. Read more.

Lending

    Baltimore Settles Landmark Fair Lending Case Against Wells Fargo

    On July 12, 2012, the City of Baltimore resolved its landmark fair lending lawsuit against Wells Fargo, filed on the City's behalf by Relman, Dane & Colfax over four years ago. Read more.

    Morgan v. Richmond School of Health and Technology, Inc.

    On June 8, 2011, Relman, Dane & Colfax PLLC filed a class action complaint in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against Richmond School of Health and Technology, Inc. ("RSHT"), which owns and operates a for-profit vocational college on campuses in Chester and Richmond, Virginia. Read more.

Employment

Public Accommodations

    Federal Court Holds Franchisors May Be Held Liable In Public Accommodations Cases Brought Under 42 U.S.C. §1981

    Relman, Dane & Colfax is pleased to announce an important new court decision governing the liability of franchisors in public accommodations discrimination cases. Read more.

    High School Students Win Injunction Against Searches at School Events

    On May 20, 2011, a Federal District Court Judge in New Mexico granted two high school students' motion for a temporary restraining order and directed school officials to stop conducting overly intrusive searches of every student's body and possessions at the entrance to school events. Read more.

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