Case: United States v. David Peebles

69-cv-21388 | U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

Filed Date: Nov. 5, 1969

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Case Summary

On November 5, 1969, the Department of Justice brought an action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 3613 against a landlord in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. The complaint alleged that the defendant had violated Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (the Fair Housing Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 3601 et. seq.) by discriminating against prospective tenants on the basis of race. Specifically, the complaint alleged the defendant had refused to negotiate with persons because of race or color…

On November 5, 1969, the Department of Justice brought an action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 3613 against a landlord in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. The complaint alleged that the defendant had violated Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (the Fair Housing Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 3601 et. seq.) by discriminating against prospective tenants on the basis of race. Specifically, the complaint alleged the defendant had refused to negotiate with persons because of race or color, indicated preferences and limitations based on race or color, and withheld available dwellings from persons based on race or color. The DOJ sought to enjoin the defendant from continuing these practices.

In his answer, the defendant acknowledged that he had expressed racial preferences for tenants. On June 22, 1970, Judge Edward Northrop approved a consent decree that permanently enjoined the defendant, his agents, employees, successors, and anyone acting in active concert or participation with them, from continuing to engage in discriminatory housing practices. The Court also required the defendant to submit reports containing information on available units and applicants who had inquired about them, including the applicants’ race, at three-month intervals for the next year. No costs were assessed or awarded.

Summary Authors

Anjali Baliga (4/16/2021)

People


Judge(s)

Northrop, Edward Skottowe (Maryland)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Beall, George (District of Columbia)

Leonard, Jerris (District of Columbia)

Mitchell, John N. (District of Columbia)

Sachs, Stephen H. (Maryland)

Schwelb, Frank E. (District of Columbia)

Skolnik, Barnet D. (District of Columbia)

Wiggers, Robert J. (District of Columbia)

Judge(s)

Northrop, Edward Skottowe (Maryland)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Beall, George (District of Columbia)

Leonard, Jerris (District of Columbia)

Mitchell, John N. (District of Columbia)

Sachs, Stephen H. (Maryland)

Schwelb, Frank E. (District of Columbia)

Skolnik, Barnet D. (District of Columbia)

Wiggers, Robert J. (District of Columbia)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Complaint

United States v. Peeble, d/b/a Sunrise Gardens Apartments

Nov. 5, 1969 Complaint

Consent Decree

United States v. Peebles, d/b/a Sunrise Gardens Apartments

June 22, 1970 Order/Opinion

Docket

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Docket sheet not available via the Clearinghouse.

State / Territory: Maryland

Case Type(s):

Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance

Key Dates

Filing Date: Nov. 5, 1969

Case Ongoing: No reason to think so

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

U.S. Department of Justice

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division

Public Interest Lawyer: No

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

David Peebles (Prince George's), Private Entity/Person

Defendant Type(s):

Multi-family housing provider

Case Details

Causes of Action:

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

Availably Documents:

Complaint (any)

Injunctive (or Injunctive-like) Relief

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree

Order Duration: 1970 - None

Content of Injunction:

Discrimination Prohibition

Recordkeeping

Reporting

Issues

General:

Disparate Treatment

Housing

Pattern or Practice

Racial segregation

Discrimination-area:

Housing Sales/Rental

Discrimination-basis:

Race discrimination

Race:

Black