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United States v. Starrett City Associates

United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
840 F.2d 1096 (2d Cir. 1988)


Starrett City Associates (Starrett) (defendant) operates a housing development in Brooklyn where it maintained a set racial distribution by apartment. Starrett sought a racial composition of about 64% white, 22% black, and 8% Hispanic residents in its complex at all times. In order to do this, Starrett kept a pool of applicants sorted by race and when a tenant moved out, Starrett chose an applicant the same race as the departing tenant to take over. A group of black applicants brought suit alleging racial discrimination. The parties reached a settlement under which Starrett would allocate additional units to minority applicants for five years. The federal government then commenced an action against Starrett in order to have a court make a determination on the legality of Starrett’s quota policy. The United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York ruled against Starrett. Starrett appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Miner, J.)

Dissent (Newman, J.)

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