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Network Submits Amicus Brief to US Supreme Court

Providing pro bono legal services, Peter Romer-Friedman of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC submitted an amicus brief on behalf of the Network to the U.S. Supreme Court in Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc. This is the third time in recent years that the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case to decide whether the Fair Housing Act allows claims based on a disparate impact theory—although the first to cases settled before the Court decided the issue. Disparate impact theory allows discrimination to be proven by showing that a policy or practice has an adverse, disproportionate impact on a protected class (such as African Americans or Latinos) without needing to show discriminatory intent. If the Supreme Court strikes down disparate impact claims, it will be significantly more challenging to advance or defend fair housing in the United States.

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