Equal Rights Center: Equal Rights Center Sues District Housing Provider for Unlawful, Overly Broad Tenant Screening Criteria

Apr 25, 2024
(Washington, D.C.) — The Equal Rights Center (“ERC”) filed a lawsuit suit in D.C. Superior Court this morning against property management company Vesta Corporation (“Vesta”), alleging that the company unlawfully discriminates against applicants who have housing vouchers, past evictions, an…

LAW360: Mass. Landlords, Brokers Sued For Alleged Voucher Refusals

Feb 22, 2024
By Julie Manganis Law360 (February 21, 2024, 8:15 PM EST) -- A national housing advocacy group on Wednesday sued 20 Boston-area landlords and real estate brokers in state court, alleging they illegally refused to rent apartments to potential tenants with housing vouchers. Housing Rights Initiative…

Lawyers for Civil Rights Boston: 20 Landlords and Brokers Sued for Housing Discrimination in Boston

Feb 21, 2024
As Affordable Housing Crisis Devastates Low-Income Communities, Lawsuit Challenges Housing Providers That Refuse to Rent to Subsidized Housing Recipients In a mammoth new lawsuit filed today, Housing Rights Initiative (“HRI”), a non-profit housing watchdog group, simultaneously sued twenty Bos…

The Wall Street Journal: How the $1.8 Billion Real-Estate Commissions Lawsuit Came to Be

Jan 02, 2024
By Laura Kusisto Nov. 26, 2023 5:30 am ET The litigation that could end up changing how millions of Americans buy and sell homes was hiding in plain sight for three decades. The current set of rules governing how agents are paid, which effectively mean sellers are the ones who set compensation for b…

LAW 360: DC AG, Civil Rights Group Settle Voucher Bias Claims

Jan 02, 2024
By Isaac Monterose - 2023-12-12 The attorney general of the District of Columbia and a D.C. civil rights group settled their claims Tuesday accusing a real estate developer, a property management software company, and other parties of refusing to rent to prospective tenants who use housing vouchers …

Equal Rights Center Announces Settlement Agreements to Resolve Two Housing Discrimination Cases

Jan 02, 2024
December 12, 2023 Settlement terms include monetary relief, policy changes, training, and compliance testing to protect the rights of housing voucher holders (WASHINGTON, D.C.) — Today, the Equal Rights Center (ERC) announced that it entered into two settlement agreements with District landlords a…

The New York Times: Home Sellers Win $1.8 Billion After Jury Finds Conspiracy Among Realtors

Nov 02, 2023
By: Debra Kamin Oct. 31, 2023 The influential National Association of Realtors and several brokerages were ordered to pay damages to home sellers who said they were forced to pay excessive fees to real estate agents. A federal jury ruled on Tuesday that the powerful National Association of Realtors …

American Council of the Blind Wins Nationwide Disability Rights Class Action Against Quest Diagnostics for Use of Inaccessible Touch Screen Kiosks

Oct 26, 2023
ALEXANDRIA, Va., October 24, 2023 — Following a week-long bench trial in Los Angeles, a federal court in California found Quest Diagnostics in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and permanently enjoined Quest from continuing to violate the ADA. Beginning in 2016, Quest Diagnostics be…

Law360: Shipbuilders Accused Of No-Poach 'Gentlemen's Agreement'

Oct 11, 2023
By Craig Clough · Law360 (October 10, 2023, 9:00 PM EDT) -- A pair of former warship designers filed a proposed class action in Virginia federal court against two major shipbuilders for the U.S. military, General Dynamics and Huntington Ingalls Industries, and other companies allegedly involved in …

Law360: Broker Commission Practices Change In Antitrust Settlements

Oct 11, 2023
By Lauraann Wood Law360 (October 10, 2023, 7:24 PM EDT) -- The $138.5 million in antitrust settlements that home sellers reached with Realogy Holdings Corp. and Re/Max will also include injunctive relief requiring business-practice changes that aim to add more transparency around the existence and o…

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