Case: United States of America v. Mississippi Regional Housing Authority VIII, SMBC, Inc.

1:09-cv-00174 | U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi

Filed Date: Feb. 17, 2009

Closed Date: March 26, 2012

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Case Summary

The U.S. Department of justice brought this fair housing case in 2009 against the Missippi Regional Housing Authority on behalf of a resident who has mobility impairments and who was denied the reasonable accommodation of being placed in a ground floor unit. The case was brought in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi.

On March 26, the parties entered a Consent Decree, approved by the Court (Judge Louis Guirola, Jr.) which provided for extensive antidiscrimination reforms. The Consent Decree expired on March 26, 2012.

Summary Authors

Denise Heberle (6/20/2012)

People


Judge(s)

Guirola, Louis Jr. (Mississippi)

Walker, Robert H. (Mississippi)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Paige, Mitzi Dease (Mississippi)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Cowart, Craig Alan (Tennessee)

Shemper, Michael Jacob (Mississippi)

Judge(s)

Guirola, Louis Jr. (Mississippi)

Walker, Robert H. (Mississippi)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Paige, Mitzi Dease (Mississippi)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Cowart, Craig Alan (Tennessee)

Shemper, Michael Jacob (Mississippi)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket

United States of America v. Mississippi Regional Housing Authority VIII

June 2, 2012 Docket
58

Consent Decree

United States v. Misissippi Regional Housing Authority

March 26, 2010 Settlement Agreement

Docket

Last updated May 11, 2022, 8 p.m.

Docket sheet not available via the Clearinghouse.

State / Territory: Mississippi

Case Type(s):

Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance

Key Dates

Filing Date: Feb. 17, 2009

Closing Date: March 26, 2012

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

United States on behalf of public housing resident with mobility impairments denied ground floor apartment.

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

Missippi Regional Housing Authority, Regional

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

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: 10,000

Order Duration: 2010 - 2012

Content of Injunction:

Comply with advertising/recruiting requirements

Develop anti-discrimination policy

Discrimination Prohibition

Implement complaint/dispute resolution process

Provide antidiscrimination training

Recordkeeping

Reporting

Issues

Discrimination-area:

Housing Sales/Rental

Discrimination-basis:

Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)

Disability:

Mobility impairment