Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Supreme Court Hears Arguments In Fair Housing Act Disparate-Impact Case

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments today in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, Inc.  At issue in the case is whether disparate-impact claims are cognizable under the Fair Housing Act, or whether there must be a showing of intentional discrimination.  While this case involves claims of racially discriminatory impact, the Court's decision will apply to cases involving religious discrimination as well.  The transcript of full oral arguments is available from the Supreme Court's website. SCOTUSblog's case page contains links to all the briefs in the case as well as to the 5th Circuit's decision below.  SCOTUSblog also reports on today's arguments.