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DOJ Response to Motion to Colorado City Motion to Dismiss 091312

DOJ Response to Motion to Colorado City Motion to Dismiss 091312

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DOJ response to Colorado City/Hildale's motion to dismiss federal civil rights complaint.
DOJ response to Colorado City/Hildale's motion to dismiss federal civil rights complaint.

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Thomas E. PerezAssistant Attorney GeneralSteven H. Rosenbaum (NY Bar #1901958)Jonathan M. Smith (DC Bar #396578)R. Tamar Hagler (CA Bar #189441)Christy E. Lopez (DC Bar #473612)Eric W. Treene (NY Bar #2568343)Lori K. Wagner (VA Bar #39446)Sean R. Keveney (TX Bar #24033862)Jessica C. Crockett (NY Bar #4694972)Anika Gzifa (DC Bar #495394)Matthew J. Donnelly (IL Bar #6281308)AttorneysUnited States Department of JusticeCivil Rights Division950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NWWashington, DC 20530Phone: (202) 305-3107Facsimile: (202) 514-1116E-mail:lori.wagner@usdoj.gov Attorneys for the United States
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THEDISTRICT OF ARIZONA
United States of America,Plaintiff;v.Town of Colorado City, Arizona,
et al.
,Defendants. No. 3:12cv8123-HRH
UNITED STATES’ RESPONSE TO DEFENDANT COLORADO CITY’SMOTION FOR MORE DEFINITE STATEMENT AND TO DISMISS
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
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INTRODUCTION ................................................................................................ 1
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BACKGROUND .................................................................................................. 1
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ARGUMENT ....................................................................................................... 3
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THE UNITED STATES’ COMPLAINT SATISFIESRULE 12(e). .............................................................................................. 3
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THE UNITED STATES’ COMPLAINT SATISFIESRULE 12(b)(6). ....................................................................................... 10
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The United States Adequately Pled a Claimunder Section 814 of the Fair Housing Act.................................. 10
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The United States Adequately Pled a Claimunder Title III of the 1964 Civil Rights Act................................. 15
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CONCLUSION .................................................................................................. 17
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INTRODUCTION
Defendant Colorado City has moved this Court to order the United States to provide a more definite statement with respect to Counts One and Two of its Complaint,or, in the alternative, to dismiss Count Two. Defendant Colorado City’s Motion for aMore Definite Statement, ECF No. 20 (“Defendant’s Motion”). Colorado City has alsomoved to dismiss Count Three of the Complaint. For the reasons below, Defendant’sMotion should be denied in its entirety.
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BACKGROUND
The United States initiated this action on June 21, 2012, alleging that theDefendants, the Town of Colorado City, Arizona; City of Hildale, Utah; Twin CityPower; and Twin City Water Authority, Inc., violated multiple federal civil rights statutes by engaging in a long-standing pattern or practice of discrimination on the basis of religion. Specifically, the United States’ Complaint alleges that the Defendants violatedthe Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, 42 U.S.C. § 14141(a); theFair Housing Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 3601-3619 (“FHA”); and Title III of the Civil Rights Actof 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000b.The United States’ Complaint sets forth, in 50 detailed paragraphs, facts thatsupport the allegation that the Defendant, Colorado City discriminates against, and hasengaged in and continues to engage in a pattern or practice of conduct toward individualswho are not members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints(“FLDS”) that violates the Constitution and federal law.The Complaint first describes background data for Colorado City, including thatthe City is populated primarily by FLDS members, and that non-FLDS members
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