Case: U.S. v. Waisbord

2:06-cv-01124 | U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Filed Date: March 15, 2006

Closed Date: 2009

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Case Summary

The Department of Justice filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on March 15, 2006, alleging violations of the Fair Housing Act (FHA), 42 U.S.C. § 3612(o), on behalf of a minority renter. The DOJ alleged that the Defendant-landlords had been contacted by a prospective tenant who expressed interest in renting one of Defendants' properties and that the Defendants refused to rent the property to the prospective tenant because of her race.On July 31, 2006, th…

The Department of Justice filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on March 15, 2006, alleging violations of the Fair Housing Act (FHA), 42 U.S.C. § 3612(o), on behalf of a minority renter. The DOJ alleged that the Defendant-landlords had been contacted by a prospective tenant who expressed interest in renting one of Defendants' properties and that the Defendants refused to rent the property to the prospective tenant because of her race.

On July 31, 2006, the parties entered a consent decree with the District Court, which would retain jurisdiction for three years. Under the consent decree, the Defendants agreed to pay the prospective tenant $40,000 in damages, operate under an injunction against future violations of the FHA, post notices of its nondiscrimination policy, and create a training program to guard against future violations of the FHA.

Judge John F. Fullam approved the consent decree on September 6. The consent decree ended in 2009, and the case is now closed.

Summary Authors

Andrew Nash (6/2/2008)

People


Judge(s)

Fullam, John Patrick (Pennsylvania)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Gibson, Virginia A. (District of Columbia)

Gonzales, Alberto (District of Columbia)

Hutchinson, Margaret L. (Pennsylvania)

Kim, Wan J. (District of Columbia)

Maurer, Michael S. (District of Columbia)

Meehan, Patrick L. (Pennsylvania)

Richmond, Erin M. (District of Columbia)

Rosenbaum, Steven H. (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Lindy, Jeffery M. (Pennsylvania)

Judge(s)

Fullam, John Patrick (Pennsylvania)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Gibson, Virginia A. (District of Columbia)

Gonzales, Alberto (District of Columbia)

Hutchinson, Margaret L. (Pennsylvania)

Kim, Wan J. (District of Columbia)

Maurer, Michael S. (District of Columbia)

Meehan, Patrick L. (Pennsylvania)

Richmond, Erin M. (District of Columbia)

Rosenbaum, Steven H. (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Lindy, Jeffery M. (Pennsylvania)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

2:06-cv-01124

Docket [PACER]

Sept. 6, 2006

Sept. 6, 2006

Docket
1

2:06-cv-01124

Complaint

March 15, 2006

March 15, 2006

Complaint

DOJ Press Release: "Justice Department Settles Race Discrimination Case with Owners and Manager of Philadelphia Rental Properties"

No Court

July 31, 2006

July 31, 2006

Press Release
7

2:06-cv-01124

Consent Decree

July 31, 2006

July 31, 2006

Settlement Agreement

Resources

Docket

Last updated June 6, 2022, 3:07 a.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link Date / Link
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COMPLAINT against DANIEL WAISBORD, HELENE WAISBORD, AVA WAISBORD , filed by UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.(tj, ) (Entered: 03/16/2006)

March 15, 2006

March 15, 2006

Summons Issued; 3 Mailed to counsel 3/16/06 as to DANIEL WAISBORD, HELENE WAISBORD, AVA WAISBORD. (tj, ) (Entered: 03/16/2006)

March 15, 2006

March 15, 2006

DEMAND for Trial by Jury by UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. (tj, ) (Entered: 03/16/2006)

March 15, 2006

March 15, 2006

2

WAIVER OF SERVICE Returned Executed by UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. AVA WAISBORD waiver sent on 3/27/2006, answer due 5/26/2006. (RICHMOND, ERIN) (Entered: 04/14/2006)

April 14, 2006

April 14, 2006

4

WAIVER OF SERVICE Returned Executed by UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. HELENE WAISBORD waiver sent on 3/27/2006, answer due 5/26/2006. (RICHMOND, ERIN) (Entered: 04/14/2006)

April 14, 2006

April 14, 2006

5

Stipulation for Extension of Time to File Answer to the Complaint filed by DANIEL WAISBORD, HELENE WAISBORD, AVA WAISBORD, Certificate of Service. (LINDY, JEFFREY) Modified on 5/26/2006 (np). (Entered: 05/25/2006)

May 25, 2006

May 25, 2006

6

STIPULATION AND ORDER THAT THE TIME WHICH DEFENDANTS MAY ANSWER,PLEAD, OROTHERWISE RESPOND TO THE COMPLAINT SHALL BE EXTENDED 31 DAYS UNTIL MONDAY, JUNE 26, 2006. SIGNED BY JUDGE JOHN P. FULLAM ON 5/26/06. 5/26/06 ENTERED AND COPIES MAILED AND FAXED BY CHAMBERS.(mac, ) (Entered: 05/26/2006)

May 26, 2006

May 26, 2006

7

Joint MOTION to Approve Consent Judgment filed by UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.Certificate of Service. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(MAURER, MICHAEL) (Entered: 07/31/2006)

July 31, 2006

July 31, 2006

8

CONSENT DECREE AND ORDER THAT DEFENDANTS ARE ENJOINED FROM REFUSING TO RENT, REFUSING TO NEGOTIATE FOR THE RENTAL OF, OR OTHERWISE MAKING UNAVAILABLE OR DENYING DWELLINGS TO ANY PERSON BECAUSE OF RACE OR COLOR, IN VIOLATION OF 42 U.S.C. 3640(a), ETC. SIGNED BY JUDGE JOHN P. FULLAM ON 09/05/06. 09/07/06 ENTERED AND COPIES MAILED AND FAXED.(ac, ) (Entered: 09/07/2006)

Sept. 6, 2006

Sept. 6, 2006

Case Details

State / Territory: Pennsylvania

Case Type(s):

Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance

Key Dates

Filing Date: March 15, 2006

Closing Date: 2009

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

An African-American woman whose rental agent quoted her at a higher price than he did a Caucasian woman for the same property.

Plaintiff Type(s):

U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

Daniel Waisbord (Philadelphia), Private Entity/Person

Helene Waisbord (Philadelphia), Private Entity/Person

Ava Waisbord (Philadelphia), 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)

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

Order Duration: 2006 - 2009

Issues

Discrimination-area:

Housing Sales/Rental

Discrimination-basis:

Race discrimination

Race:

Black

Affected Gender:

Female