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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Parties Settle Housing Discrimination Case Prior to Supreme Court Oral Argument

Mount Holly v. Mount Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, a housing discrimination case that was scheduled for oral argument before the U.S. Supreme Court on December 4th, was settled last night according to the New York Times.  The settlement was approved by the Mount Holly Township Council and results in an increase in the number of homes that will be built and requires a set aside of a certain number of homes for current residents. 
Due to the settlement, the case will be dismissed, leaving open the question whether claims under the Fair Housing Act require proof of intentional discrimination. The lower court (3rd Circuit Court of Appeals) had allowed the case to go to trial under the "disparate-impact" theory. 


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