High Court Housing Case Could Ease Discrimination Claims

Law360, Dallas (January 20, 2015, 9:03 PM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday will consider whether Texas can be sued for disparate impact under the Fair Housing Act for how it allocated low-income tax credits in Dallas, in a case lawyers say would make it harder to bring claims of unintentional discrimination against companies in a broad swath of industries, including developers, lenders and insurers.

The case, pitting the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs against Dallas nonprofit The Inclusive Communities Project Inc., asks the court to find that the FHA requires a showing of some intent to discriminate, and could wipe out a class of litigation that...

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