Fair Housing and State Actions
Federal and state housing discrimination laws place rigorous requirements upon apartment owners, commercial and residential landowners, property management companies, realtors, brokers, manufactured home communities and sales offices. We routinely advise clients with respect to fair housing civil right matters--including rental and selling policies, practices, advertisements, reasonable accommodations and design and construction requirements.
We also defend clients who have had claims brought against them alleging violation of the Fair Housing Act and Michigan's Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act. Typically, these claims include allegations of discriminatory rental conduct, availability of dwellings, block busting, redlining and other discriminatory real estate related transactions.
42 USC Section 1983 Actions
Municipalities and organizations working under the cloak of governmental authority commonly face claims of Title 42 USC Section 1983 civil rights violations. Such claims often arise out of government operations, employment, and housing and include assertions of excessive use of force, invasion of privacy, police chases, false imprisonment, and custodial claims of prisoners. The Kitch firm aggressively defends these claims. Depending on the case, we have found that an intense motion practice can be successful in whittling away the claims that are weak, poorly grounded or subject to immunity. This, in turn, often results in what started out as a difficult case becoming one that can be dismissed or resolved at the nuisance payment level.