May 1, 2017

WASHINGTON — In a 5-3 decision, the Supreme Court reaffirmed that when housing discrimination harms a city’s residents and tax base, the city can sue under the Fair Housing Act if its injuries were directly caused by the discrimination. The American Civil Liberties Union was amici in this case, Bank of America v. City of Miami.

Dennis Parker, director of the ACLU’s Racial Justice Program, had this reaction:

“With this decision, the Supreme Court has acknowledged the crucial role of municipal governments in protecting residents’ rights. In housing and lending as in other areas, cities can and should serve as a bulwark against discrimination.”

The ruling is at: https://www.aclu.org/legal-document/bank-america-v-city-miami-scotus-decision

More information is at: https://www.aclu.org/cases/bank-america-v-city-miami

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