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Jones v. Alfred H. Mayer Co.
United States Supreme Court
392 U.S. 409 (1968)
Jones (plaintiff) brought suit in federal district court against Alfred H. Mayer Co. (Mayer) (defendant) alleging that Mayer refused to sell a house to Jones simply because Jones is African American. Jones relied on 42 U.S.C. §1982 which grants the right to all citizens of the United States to “inherit, purchase, lease, sell, hold, and convey real and personal property.” The district court dismissed the complaint on the ground that §1982 only applies to state action and does not reach private actors who refuse to sell real estate. The court of appeals affirmed, and the United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Stewart, J.)
Dissent (Harlan, J.)
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