DALLAS – Law360 recently published an article regarding the Supreme Court of the United States hearing arguments on a Texas housing case. Dallas attorney John Shackelford commented on the case in the Law360 piece and on an interview with KERA-FM Dallas.
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Read an excerpt from the Law360 piece below:
Dallas attorney John C. Shackelford of Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton LLP said around Texas and particularly in Dallas, developers want to make deals and put affordable housing wherever it needs to be — that is, wherever the market is demanding it, regardless of what the project’s ZIP code is.
He said if the court does allow disparate impact claims under the FHA, he would expect to see government agencies immediately step up their regulatory enforcement and be more aggressive in trying to correct what they think is an injustice to certain groups of people.
“If the court rules against the Inclusive Communities Project, that won’t stop groups in the future from trying to find another theory to try to prevail so that they get to the means they’re trying to get to,” Shackelford said. “People are creative and lawyers will try to find a way to correct what they perceive as injustice.”