Supreme Court hears oral argument on Fair Housing Act and disparate impact

Today the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, Inc., to determine whether the Fair Housing Act encompasses claims for disparate impact.  Attorneys for PLF filed a brief in that … Continue reading

Do federal civil rights laws guarantee equal outcomes? Join me for a discussion after the Supreme Court oral argument on January 21.

Liberty Blog has several great posts, including here, here, and here, discussing the significant equal protection issues in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project. The Pacific Legal Foundation’s excellent amicus brief by my Sacramento … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — January 16, 2015

The Raisins are Dancing Again — cert grant The Supreme Court granted cert in Horne v. United States, making this the second trip to the Court for the dancing raisins.  Under a depression-era statute, raisin growers must give a substantial … Continue reading

Supreme Court to hear oral argument in disparate impact case next week

Next Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project Inc. The issue presented in the case is whether disparate impact liability is cognizable under the Fair Housing … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — January 9, 2015

United States Supreme Court — awaiting orders in three of our cases We’re hoping for good news on Monday when the Court is set to issue orders in three of our cases: Stewart & Jasper Orchards v. Jewell (whether the … Continue reading

New York Court Hears Firefighters’ Title VII Case

On Tuesday the New York Court of Appeals–New York’s highest court–heard argument in Margerum v. City of Buffalo, a case brought by white firefighters who were not promoted because of their race. The City of Buffalo allowed the fire department’s promotional eligibility … Continue reading

Could Texas soon be back under federal Voting Rights Act supervision?

In October, federal judge Nelva Gonzalez Ramos of the Southern District of Texas issued a far-reaching opinion striking down Texas’ new Voter ID law on several grounds. She not only found that the law violated Section 2 of the Voting … Continue reading

How would you avoid disparate impact liability?

Disparate impact theory tells employers that they have broken the law when a concededly neutral hiring practice produces too many employees of one race and not enough of another. Let’s say you’re an employer looking to hire 20 people from … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — December 12, 2014

Property Rights — California Coastal Commission The California Coastal Commission has never been happy with our 1987 victory in Nollan v. California Coastal Commission where the United States Supreme Court held that its practice of demanding exactions in exchange for … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — December 5, 2014

Property Rights — The Public Trust Doctrine like The Blob? PLF attorneys filed an amicus brief with the Oregon Court of Appeals in Kramer v. City of Lake Oswego—a case in which two public access activists argue that the “public … Continue reading