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St. Bernard Parish to Pay $1.8 Million to Settle Decade Long Fair Housing Center Suit

Posted on 19. Dec, 2014 by

StBernardSignToday, GNOFHAC announced that it has settled all claims against St. Bernard Parish stemming from a 2006 lawsuit that challenged Parish ordinances designed to restrict rentals. These ordinances included the “blood relative ordinance,” which stipulated that owners of single-family homes could only rent to their blood relatives. Specifically, this week’s agreement settles all matters on appeal and requires the Parish to pay $1,843,728 in fees to GNOFHAC, any other plaintiffs, and their attorneys.

In 2008, the Parish agreed to settle GNOFHAC’s 2006 suit by entering into a consent decree. Through the decree, the Parish agreed not to violate the Fair Housing Act. Over the course of the next several years, however, the Parish continued to enact ordinances that restricted rentals, including a 2008 moratorium on all multi-family housing. GNOFHAC filed several motions and complaints alleging the Parish repeatedly violated the terms of the consent decree, a federal court’s orders, and the Fair Housing Act.

Federal courts ruled in favor of GNOFHAC’s position in round after round of court proceedings, but each time, the Parish appealed the decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  This week’s settlement agreement ends the appeals process altogether.

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