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Supreme Court Endorses Interpretation of Fair Housing Act


The Supreme Court backed a broad interpretation of the Fair Housing Act of 1968 on Thursday in a majority 5-4 ruling. The case questioned whether plaintiffs suing under the housing law must prove intentional discrimination or simply “disparate impact,” which means that statistics and other evidence can be used to prove discriminatory practices. Two earlier cases on the question were withdrawn before they were to be argued. The Obama administration and civil rights groups had worked to keep the issue away from the Supreme Court, fearing an unfavorable ruling. [NYT]