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Opening Acts: September 1, 2015

Lawsuit Alleges Source of Income Discrimination at Spring Creek Towers

On August 31, 2015, the Fair Housing Justice Center (FHJC) and two women with rental subsidies filed a lawsuit in New York County Supreme Court alleging that Starrett City, Inc. and Grenadier Realty Corp. are discriminating against prospective renters based on source of income in [...]

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Opening Acts: August 31, 2015

M&T Bank and FHJC Resolve Fair Housing Case

Bank Pays $485,000 and Changes Lending Practices

Today, Federal District Judge Katherine D. Forrest signed a settlement agreement which resolves a lawsuit filed in February by the Fair Housing Justice Center (FHJC) and nine African American, Hispanic, South Asian and white testers against the M&T Bank Corporation.   [...]

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Opening Acts: August 27, 2015

Disability Case Settles for $1.3 Million

Agreement Creates Accessibility Fund

On August 27, 2015, U.S. District Court Judge Kimba Wood signed an order resolving a disability discrimination lawsuit involving the improper design and construction of two multi-family residential developments, Powell Cove Estates in Queens County and Overlook Pointe in Dutchess County.  In August, 2013, the [...]

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Opening Acts: July 21, 2015

Westchester Landlord Alters Rental Practices and Pays $150,000

African American Woman to Obtain Apartment, Damages, and Free Rent for 2 Years

On July 16, 2015, U.S. District Court Judge Cathy Seibel signed an agreement resolving a housing discrimination lawsuit involving rental housing in New Rochelle, New York in Westchester County. The complaint, filed in December [...]

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Opening Acts: May 19, 2015

Race Discrimination Case Settled

$100,000 and Injunctive Relief Ordered; Astoria Real Estate Firm Agrees to Comply with Fair Housing Laws  

On May 18, 2015, Federal Magistrate Ramon E. Reyes, Jr. approved a settlement resolving a rental discrimination case filed by the Fair Housing Justice Center (FHJC), a white woman, and three African American testers in November [...]

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Opening Acts: April 30, 2015

African Americans Confront Barriers to Renting at Commack Apartment Complex

Testing investigation leads to filing of fair housing lawsuit

On Thursday, April 30, 2015, the Fair Housing Justice Center (FHJC), ERASE Racism, and seven African American testers filed a lawsuit in federal district court (S.D.N.Y.) alleging that the owners and managers of a suburban apartment [...]

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Opening Acts: March 12, 2015

Bronx Race Discrimination Case Settled

Landlord Agrees to Change Rental Practices and Pay $200,000

On March 11, 2015, U.S. Magistrate Debra Freeman signed an agreement resolving a housing discrimination lawsuit involving rental housing in the Woodlawn neighborhood of the Bronx. The complaint, filed in May 2014, by the Fair Housing Justice Center (FHJC) and three [...]

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Opening Acts: February 3, 2015

Lawsuit Alleges M&T Bank Promotes Segregation

Investigation Finds Racial Bias in Bank’s Mortgage Lending Policies and Practices

Today, the Fair Housing Justice Center (FHJC) and nine (9) African American, Hispanic, South Asian and white testers filed a federal lawsuit alleging that the M&T Bank Corporation discriminates in its mortgage lending practices on [...]

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Opening Acts: January 16, 2015

FHJC Documents Racially Discriminatory Practices at Brooklyn Apartment Building 

African Americans Quoted Higher Rents than Whites

On January 16, 2015, the Fair Housing Justice Center (FHJC) and three African American testers filed a lawsuit in federal district court (SDNY) alleging that the owner of a 43-unit apartment building located at 710 Avenue S in the [...]

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Opening Acts: December 15, 2014

Settlement Aimed at Making Rental Housing Accessible to Persons with Disabilities

Order Covers 4,500 apartments; Defendants Pay Up to $2 Million to Resolve Lawsuit

On December 10, 2014, Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced the settlement of a lawsuit filed earlier this year against a major New [...]

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