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In Surprise Decision, SCOTUS Rules Against Discriminatory Housing Practices


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In Surprise Decision, SCOTUS Rules Against Discriminatory Housing Practices

Nadia Prupis, staff writer

In a decision applauded by housing and civil rights groups on Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Fair Housing Act (FHA) allows people to pursue lawsuits when a housing practice has a discriminatory effect, even if that practice wasn't intended to discriminate—an effect known as "disparate impact".


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KENNEDY, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which GINSBURG, BREYER, SOTOMAYOR, and KAGAN, JJ., joined. THOMAS, J., filed a dis- senting opinion. ALITO, J., filed a dissenting opinion, in which ROB- ERTS, C. J., and SCALIA and THOMAS, JJ., joined.