Sunday, November 2, 2014

The Road from Texas to the End of the Second Reconstruction through the FHA

On October 2, the Court granted cert on a deceptively simple question: whether disparate impact claims are cognizable under the Fair Housing Act.  The case is Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc.  This is the Court's third attempt since 2012 to answer this question, having granted cert in two prior cases, only to see the parties settle their disputes before the Court could answer it.  The most recent case, Twp. Of Mount Holly v. Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, Inc., was dismissed on November 15, 2013.  Eleven months later, the Court is ready to try again.

One need not be terribly cynical to wonder why the Court is so insistent.  

I smell a rat.