Case: United States v. Cairns

8:11-cv-00100 | U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida

Filed Date: Jan. 14, 2011

Closed Date: 2014

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Case Summary

On January 14, 2011, the United States Department of Justice filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, under the Fair Housing Act against a landlord. On behalf of a family of African-American tenants alleging housing discrimination, DOJ asked the Court for declaratory, injunctive, and monetary relief. The complaint alleged that the defendant landlords had abusively evicted the tenants and yelled racial epithets at them repeatedly.On April 11, 201…

On January 14, 2011, the United States Department of Justice filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, under the Fair Housing Act against a landlord. On behalf of a family of African-American tenants alleging housing discrimination, DOJ asked the Court for declaratory, injunctive, and monetary relief. The complaint alleged that the defendant landlords had abusively evicted the tenants and yelled racial epithets at them repeatedly.

On April 11, 2011, the parties entered into a consent decree which enjoined the defendants from: 1) refusing to rent or negotiate for the rental of a dwelling to any person because of race or color, 2) making any advertising that indicates a preference, limitation, or discrimination based on race or color, and 3) coercing any person in the exercise or enjoyment of, or on account of his or her having exercised or enjoyed, rights granted or protected by the Fair Housing Act. The defendants agreed to pay $25,000 to the tenants and $5,000 in attorneys' fees. The duration of the order was three years.

There was no further activity on the docket after the three year timeframe ended and now the case is presumed closed.

Summary Authors

Stacey McClurkin (11/10/2011)

Hope Brinn (10/30/2018)

People


Judge(s)

Lazzara, Richard A. (Florida)

Wilson, Thomas G. (Florida)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Grossman, Gregory Sagor (Florida)

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

Langworthy, Nancy Fay (District of Columbia)

Maurer, Michael S. (District of Columbia)

Perez, Thomas E. (District of Columbia)

Rosenbaum, Steven H. (District of Columbia)

Stegeby, Erik Kenneth (Florida)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Smith, Thomas A. (Florida)

Judge(s)

Lazzara, Richard A. (Florida)

Wilson, Thomas G. (Florida)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Grossman, Gregory Sagor (Florida)

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

Langworthy, Nancy Fay (District of Columbia)

Maurer, Michael S. (District of Columbia)

Perez, Thomas E. (District of Columbia)

Rosenbaum, Steven H. (District of Columbia)

Stegeby, Erik Kenneth (Florida)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Smith, Thomas A. (Florida)

Other Attorney(s)

Figueroa, Migdalia (Florida)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket [PACER]

April 13, 2011 Docket
1

Complaint

Jan. 14, 2011 Complaint
20

Consent Decree

April 11, 2011 Settlement Agreement

Docket

Last updated May 12, 2022, 8 p.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link
1

COMPLAINT against Katerina D. Cairns, Robert S. Cairns with Jury Demand filed by USA. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet) (DMS) (Entered: 01/14/2011)

Jan. 14, 2011
2

REQUEST FOR WAIVER of Service sent to Katerina D. Cairns, Robert S. Cairns on 01/14/2011 by USA. (DMS) (Entered: 01/14/2011)

Jan. 14, 2011
3

RELATED CASE ORDER AND NOTICE of designation under Local Rule 3.05 − track 2. Notice of pendency of other actions due by 2/2/2011. Signed by Judge Richard A. Lazzara on 1/19/2011. (MSS) (Entered: 01/19/2011)

Jan. 19, 2011
4

NOTICE of pendency of related cases re 3 Related case order and notice of designation of track 2 per Local Rule 1.04(d) by USA. Related case(s): No (Langworthy, Nancy) (Entered: 02/01/2011)

Feb. 1, 2011
5

CERTIFICATE of interested persons and corporate disclosure statement re 3 Related case order and notice of designation of track 2 by USA. (Langworthy, Nancy) (Entered: 02/01/2011)

Feb. 1, 2011
6

WAIVER OF SERVICE returned executed on 02/15/2011 by USA as to Katerina D. Cairns, Robert S. Cairns. (Langworthy, Nancy) (Entered: 02/15/2011)

Feb. 15, 2011
7

MOTION to intervene by Devaughn Duncan, James Gainey, Travis Tucker. (Attachments: # 1 Supplement Complaint in Intervention)(Grossman, Gregory) Motions referred to Magistrate Judge Thomas G. Wilson. (Entered: 02/16/2011)

Feb. 16, 2011
8

ORDER granting 7 Motion to Intervene. The Court accepts for filing the complaint attached to the motion. Defendants are directed to file a response within 20 days of this order. Signed by Judge Richard A. Lazzara on 2/17/2011.(SKH) (Entered: 02/17/2011)

Feb. 17, 2011
9

INTERVENORS' COMPLAINT IN INTERVENTION against Katerina D. Cairns, Robert S. Cairns with Jury Demand filed by Travis Tucker, James Gainey, Devaughn Duncan.(LDB) Modified on 2/17/2011 (LDB). (Entered: 02/17/2011)

Feb. 17, 2011
10

NOTICE by Katerina D. Cairns, Robert S. Cairns (Smith, Thomas) (Entered: 02/24/2011)

Feb. 24, 2011
11

CERTIFICATE of interested persons and corporate disclosure statement re 3 Related case order and notice of designation of track 2 by Katerina D. Cairns, Robert S. Cairns. (Smith, Thomas) (Entered: 02/24/2011)

Feb. 24, 2011
12

MOTION for extension of time to file response/reply by All Defendants. (Smith, Thomas) Motions referred to Magistrate Judge Thomas G. Wilson. (Entered: 03/14/2011)

March 14, 2011
13

ENDORSED ORDER granting 12 motion for extension of time to file response to complaint by all Defendants. Defendants shall file their response on or before 3/29/11. Signed by Judge Richard A. Lazzara on 3/14/2011. (DMB) (Entered: 03/14/2011)

March 14, 2011
14

Second MOTION for extension of time to file response/reply by All Defendants. (Smith, Thomas) Motions referred to Magistrate Judge Thomas G. Wilson. (Entered: 03/29/2011)

March 29, 2011
15

ENDORSED ORDER granting 14 second motion for extension of time to file response by all Defendants. Defendants shall file their response on or before 4/8/11. Signed by Judge Richard A. Lazzara on 3/29/2011. (DMB) (Entered: 03/29/2011)

March 29, 2011
16

Unopposed MOTION to appoint Representative as General Guardian ad litem by Devaughn Duncan. (Grossman, Gregory) Motions referred to Magistrate Judge

April 7, 2011
18

MOTION to Approve Settlement in the form of a Consent Decree by All Parties. (Langworthy, Nancy) (Entered: 04/08/2011)

April 8, 2011
19

CONSENT DECREE by USA. (Langworthy, Nancy) (Entered: 04/08/2011)

April 8, 2011
20

CONSENT DECREE Signed by Judge Richard A. Lazzara on 4/8/2011. (see order)(MSS) (Entered: 04/11/2011)

April 11, 2011
21

ENDORSED ORDER directing clerk to CLOSE the case. Signed by Judge Richard A. Lazzara on 4/13/2011. (SKH) (Entered: 04/13/2011)

April 13, 2011

State / Territory: Florida

Case Type(s):

Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance

Key Dates

Filing Date: Jan. 14, 2011

Closing Date: 2014

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

United States

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

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

Robert S. Cairns (Tampa), Private Entity/Person

Katerina D. Cairns (Tampa), 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

Attorneys fees

Damages

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree

Amount Defendant Pays: $30,000

Order Duration: 2011 - 2014

Content of Injunction:

Comply with advertising/recruiting requirements

Discrimination Prohibition

Issues

General:

Disparate Treatment

Discrimination-area:

Housing Sales/Rental

Discrimination-basis:

Race discrimination

Race:

Black