DLA Piper achieves settlement victory in favour of NAACP

DLA Piper has achieved a settlement in favour of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in a housing discrimination lawsuit originally brought against the town of Huntington, New York, more than a decade ago. The firm handled the case on a pro-bono basis.

The case alleged that the town of Huntington discriminated against families with children and racial minorities and violated the Fair Housing Act by limiting an affordable housing development to one-bedroom units.

The trial date was set for 19 February, but the Huntington Town Board called an emergency meeting the night before and voted unanimously to settle. Under the settlement’s terms, the town board agreed to take the necessary zoning action to allow construction of the proposed development, which will now feature two- and three-bedroomed units and will be affordable to people earning 50 per cent to 80 per cent of the Nassau/Suffolk median income.

The DLA Piper team representing NAACP was led by Christopher Campbell and Cara Edwards, with Michael Wigotsky, Patrick Harrington, Peter Couto, Heather Ehrenberg and Patricia Chew, as well as assistance and oversight from Richard Gruenberger.