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Civil Procedure Keyed to Yeazell
Thompson v. Department of Housing and Urban Development
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Plaintiffs were class representatives of African American residents of Baltimore’s public housing developments. They filed suit in January 1995 against the Federal Defendants and the Local Defendants. The class action lawsuit alleged that the Federal Defendants and the Local Defendants and their predecessors, from 1933 through the present, established and perpetuated de jure racial segregation in Baltimore’s public housing. In the spring of 1996, the parties entered into a partial consent decree that settled certain claims against the Federal Defendants and the Local Defendants. However, in mid-2000, the Plaintiffs initiated discovery against the Federal Defendants and the Local Defendants. Pending before the district court was the Plaintiffs’ motion to compel discovery of the Local Defendants.
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