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Bipartisan Supreme Court Amicus Brief in Mt. Holly v. Mt. Holly Garden Citizens in Action

Bipartisan Supreme Court Amicus Brief in Mt. Holly v. Mt. Holly Garden Citizens in Action

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Published by Beverly Tran
In keeping with
Congress’s intent, the federal government and private
parties have for decades used disparate-impact claims to
challenge discriminatory housing policies
In keeping with
Congress’s intent, the federal government and private
parties have for decades used disparate-impact claims to
challenge discriminatory housing policies

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Published by: Beverly Tran on Oct 29, 2013
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11-1507
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Supreme Court of the United States
T
OWNSHIP OF
M
OUNT
H
OLLY 
,
ET AL
.,
 Petitioners
, v.M
T
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H
OLLY 
G
 ARDEN
C
ITIZENS IN
 A 
CTION
,
 
I
NC
.,
ET AL
.,
 Respondents
.On Writ of Certiorari to theUnited States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
BRIEF OF CURRENT AND FORMERMEMBERS OF CONGRESS AS
 AMICI CURIAE
 IN SUPPORT OF RESPONDENTS
D
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G
UPTA 
 
Counsel of Record
J
ONATHAN
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T
 AYLOR
 G
UPTA 
B
ECK
PLLC1625 Massachusetts Ave., NW Suite 500 Washington, DC 20036(202) 470-3826
deepak@guptabeck.comCounsel for Amici Curiae
October 28, 2013
 
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QUESTION PRESENTED
Section 804(a) of the Fair Housing Act makes itunlawful “[t]o refuse to sell or rent . . . , or otherwisemake unavailable or deny, a dwelling to any personbecause of race, color, religion, sex, familial status, ornational origin.” 42 U.S.C. § 3604(a). This Court limitedthe grant of certiorari to the following question: Whether disparate-impact claims are cognizableunder § 804(a) of the Fair Housing Act.
 
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Question Presented................................................................iTable of Authorities.............................................................iiiInterest of 
 Amici Curiae
.....................................................1Summary of Argument.........................................................2 Argument...............................................................................4I. Congress intended to authorize disparate-impact claims under the Fair Housing Act..............4 A. Congress intended to authorizedisparate-impact claims when itenacted the Fair Housing Act in 1968.............5B. Congress intended to continueauthorizing disparate-impact claims when it amended the Fair Housing Actin 1988................................................................13II. The canon of constitutional avoidance shouldplay no role in this case.............................................20Conclusion............................................................................22 Appendix: List of 
 Amici Curiae
.................................App. 1

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