Case: United States v. Tel-Clinton Trailer Courts

2:11-cv-12886 | U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

Filed Date: July 5, 2011

Closed Date: 2014

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Case Summary

On July 05, 2011, the United States Department of Justice filed an action under the Fair Housing Act against the Tel-Clinton Trail Courts, Inc., and its manager, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Southern Division. The Plaintiff claims the defendants engaged in a pattern and practice of denying full enjoyment of rights granted by the Fair Housing Act, 42 U.S.C. §§3601-3619 based on familial status. The Plaintiff sought injunctive and declaratory relief.Th…

On July 05, 2011, the United States Department of Justice filed an action under the Fair Housing Act against the Tel-Clinton Trail Courts, Inc., and its manager, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Southern Division. The Plaintiff claims the defendants engaged in a pattern and practice of denying full enjoyment of rights granted by the Fair Housing Act, 42 U.S.C. §§3601-3619 based on familial status. The Plaintiff sought injunctive and declaratory relief.

The defendants are the owners, operators, and mangers of a mobile home park in Monroe, Michigan. In April 2009, a home seeker called the park to inquire about housing for herself, her husband, her minor child and a child with whom she was pregnant at the time. The agent informed the home seeker that they had a one-child-only policy.

The home seeker complained about her treatment to the Fair Housing Center of Southeastern Michigan (FHCSM). The FHCSM sent testers to compare the treatment afforded to prospective home seekers at Shamrock Village based on their familial status. The tests revealed that tenants were not allowed to live at the mobile home park if they had more than one child. The tests also revealed that the ownership established policies and practices for Shamrock Village that discriminate against families with children. For a period of time, Defendants printed advertisements with the statement: "We are more an adult community because we don't have anything to offer children."

On July 13, 2011, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Southern Division (Judge Arthur J. Tarnow) entered a consent order. The defendants were enjoined from discriminating against persons with more than one child in their policies and practices, including:

-Refusing to sell or rent to any person on the basis of their familial status;

-Discriminating against any person in the terms, conditions, or privileges of the sale or rental of a dwelling, or in the provision of services or facilities in connection with, because of familial status, including, but not limited to, charging additional rent and/or fees based on the presence of or the number of children in a household;

-Advertising that indicates a preference, limitation or discrimination or suggesting that a dwelling is not suitable for children.

Further, the Defendants agreed to prepare and implement a nondiscrimination policy to be applied equally to all actual and prospective residents, regardless of their familial status. The Defendants agreed to deposit $20,000 into an interest-bearing account for the purpose of compensating other persons whom the Court determines may have been harmed by Defendants' discriminatory housing practices.

The order was in effect from 2011-2014. The case is now closed.

Summary Authors

Stacey McClurkin (10/29/2011)

People


Judge(s)

Tarnow, Arthur J. (Michigan)

Whalen, R. Steven (Michigan)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

DeClercq, Susan K. (Michigan)

Holder, Eric H. Jr. (District of Columbia)

Levy, Judith Ellen (Michigan)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Perrotta, Carmine (Michigan)

Judge(s)

Tarnow, Arthur J. (Michigan)

Whalen, R. Steven (Michigan)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

DeClercq, Susan K. (Michigan)

Holder, Eric H. Jr. (District of Columbia)

Levy, Judith Ellen (Michigan)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Perrotta, Carmine (Michigan)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

2:11-cv-12886

Docket

US v. Tel-Clinton Trailer Courts

July 13, 2011

July 13, 2011

Docket
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2:11-cv-12886

Shamrock Complaint FINAL

United States v. Tel-Clinton Trailer Courts, Inc.

July 5, 2011

July 5, 2011

Complaint
2

2:11-cv-12886

Consent Order

United States v. Tel-Clinton Trailer Courts, Inc.

July 13, 2011

July 13, 2011

Settlement Agreement

Resources

Docket

Last updated Aug. 10, 2022, 3:13 a.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link Date / Link
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COMPLAINT filed by United States against All Defendants. No summons requested. No Fee Required − US Government. County of 1st Plaintiff: Wayne − County Where Action Arose: Monroe − County of 1st Defendant: Monroe. [Previously dismissed case: No] [Possible companion case(s): Eastern District of Michigan Southern Division, 10−cv−13628, Judge David M. Lawson] (Levy, Judith) (Entered: 07/05/2011)

July 5, 2011

July 5, 2011

A United States Magistrate Judge of this Court is available to conduct all proceedings in this civil action in accordance with 28 U.S.C. 636c and FRCP 73. The Notice, Consent, and Reference of a Civil Action to a Magistrate Judge form is available for download at http://www.mied.uscourts.gov (TMcg) (Entered: 07/05/2011)

July 5, 2011

July 5, 2011

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CONSENT ORDER. Signed by District Judge Arthur J. Tarnow. (CGre) (Entered: 07/13/2011)

July 13, 2011

July 13, 2011

Case Details

State / Territory: Michigan

Case Type(s):

Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance

Special Collection(s):

Multi-LexSum (in sample)

Key Dates

Filing Date: July 5, 2011

Closing Date: 2014

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

United States Department of Justice

Plaintiff Type(s):

U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

Tel-Clinton Trailer Courts, Inc. (Frenchtown Township), Private Entity/Person

President and Resident Agent (Frenchtown Township), Private Entity/Person

Case Details

Causes of Action:

Fair Housing Act/Fair Housing Amendments Act (FHAA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 3601 et seq.

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Monetary Relief

Injunctive (or Injunctive-like) Relief

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Damages

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree

Amount Defendant Pays: 27,500.00

Order Duration: 2011 - 2014

Issues

Discrimination-area:

Housing Sales/Rental

Discrimination-basis:

Family discrimination