Monday, November 25, 2013

Huntington Branch, NAACP v. Town of Huntington case brief

Huntington Branch, NAACP v. Town of Huntington case brief summary
844 F.2d 926 (2d Cir.), review declined in part and judgment aff’d sub nom.


CASE SYNOPSIS
Appellants requested relief from a judgment of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, which held that appellees did not violate Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, 42 U.S.C.S. §§ 3601-3631.

CASE FACTS
Appellants brought suit in district court against appellee city and its board members. Appellants alleged that appellees violated Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, 42 U.S.C.S. §§ 3601-3631 by restricting private construction of multi-family housing to a narrow urban renewal area and by refusing to rezone the parcel outside of this area where appellants desired to build multi-family housing. The district court refused to invalidate the zoning restriction.

DISCUSSION

  • The appellate court held that the zoning restriction had a discriminatory effect and that appellees had not shown a legitimate justification for their actions that outweighed this effect. 
  • The appellate court reversed the decision of the lower court and granted site-specific relief to appellants.

CONCLUSION
The appellate court reversed the district court and granted appellants site-specific relief holding that appellees did violate Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act in application of their zoning ordinance.

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