Another Victory for Royal Oak

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ROCCA members with counsel after March 2013 Hearing

On March 15, 2013, Judge Lock denied Defendant’s Motion to Reconsider the Court’s September 13, 2012 denial of Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss Plaintiffs’ Fair Housing Act claims.  Defendant had contended that the North Carolina Fair Housing Act requires a claimant to first file a complaint with the NC Human Relations Commission and obtain a “right-to-sue” letter from the Commission before filing suit in court. The Royal Oak plaintiffs argued that the state Act, like the federal Fair Housing Act, allows a party alleging discrimination both alternatives: filing a complaint with the Commission, or going directly to court.

Judge Lock affirmed his September 13, 2012 decision that the plain language of our state Fair Housing Act indeed allows both alternatives. Read the Order (PDF).

Learn more about the history of this case through previous posts on our blog.

Posted by Elizabeth M. Haddix on Mon. March 18, 2013 3:42 PM
Categories: Brunswick County, Community Inclusion, Environmental Justice, Fair Housing, Race Discrimination
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