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Neithamer v. Brenneman Property Services, Inc.
Citation:81 F.Supp.2d 1 (1999).
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Neithamer (the plaintiff) viewed a property being leased by Brenneman Property Services, Inc. (one of the defendants). The plaintiff filed an application with the defendant for rental of the property and provided Wholihan (another defendant & employee of Brenneman) with bank statements and credit references to go along with his rental application. The plaintiff told Wholihan that his credit report would show that he failed to make several payments years ago because at the time he was dedicating his financial resources to paying the medical bills of his lover who had since died of AIDS. The defendants repeatedly denied the plaintiff’s rental application, even after the plaintiff offered to pay a year’s rent in advance and obtained a co-signor. When the plaintiff communicated to the defendants that he felt he was being discriminated against, one of the defendants threatened to countersue and “drive [the plaintiff] into the ground.”
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