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HUD files charges for discrimination in Hollywood, Florida

In November 2016, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that it is charging landlords in South Florida with discrimination against tenants with disabilities. Rather than a tenant-based allegation, the charge reflects concerns about a visitor who travels with an emotional support animal.

HUD charged three entities in the Florida case: the owner of Hillcrest East Building No. 22, a multifamily development in Hollywood, Florida; the property’s management company, Rhodes Management; and a previous president of the homeowners’ association. The housing discrimination allegation claims they failed to make reasonable accommodations, published discriminatory notices and statements, and attempted to intimidate and retaliate against two family members who filed a

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Supreme Court hears arguments about Miami suing banks over lending

Supreme Court justices signaled they may divide over the ability of cities to use the Fair Housing Act to sue banks for discriminatory lending practices.

The high court grappled Tuesday, November 8, 2016 with a case that grew out of the subprime mortgage crisis.

A federal appeals court read the Fair Housing Act as giving Miami the right to sue Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Citigroup. Miami says the banks targeted minorities for riskier loans, leading to foreclosures that cost the city property-tax revenue and forced it to spend more on police and fire services.

Some of the liberal justices indicated that they would vote to let the cases go forward.

“Everything about this complaint is about racial segregation, it seems to me,” Justice Elena Kagan said.

But Chief Justice

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