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Case Name United States v. David Peebles FH-MD-0005
Docket / Court 21388 ( D. Md. )
State/Territory Maryland
Case Type(s) Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
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 ... read more >
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.

Anjali Baliga - 04/16/2021


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Defendant-type
Multi-family housing provider
Discrimination-area
Housing Sales/Rental
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
General
Disparate Treatment
Housing
Pattern or Practice
Racial segregation
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Fair Housing Act/Fair Housing Amendments Act (FHAA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 3601 et seq.
Defendant(s) David Peebles
Plaintiff Description U.S. Department of Justice
Indexed Lawyer Organizations U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Class action status sought No
Class action status outcome Not sought
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 1970 - n/a
Filed 11/05/1969
Case Ongoing No reason to think so
Additional Resources
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  The Origins of Fair Lending Litigation
Date: Dec. 4, 2008
By: Andrew Nash (Washington University in St. Louis Law Student)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ] [ External Link ]

Court Docket(s)
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General Documents
D. Md.
11/05/1969
Complaint
FH-MD-0005-0001.pdf | Detail
Source: Papers of Alexander (Sandy) Ross
D. Md.
06/22/1970
Consent Decree
FH-MD-0005-0002.pdf | Detail
Source: Papers of Alexander (Sandy) Ross
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Judges Northrop, Edward Skottowe (FISCR, D. Md.) show/hide docs
FH-MD-0005-0002
Plaintiff's Lawyers Beall, George (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
FH-MD-0005-0002
Leonard, Jerris (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Mitchell, John N. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Sachs, Stephen H. (Maryland) show/hide docs
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Schwelb, Frank E. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Skolnik, Barnet D. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Wiggers, Robert J. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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