Real Property Lawyers win New Trial in Landlord “Bachelor Pad Ad” Case

Real Property Lawyers applied the Fair Housing Act’s section 3604(c)  to a Craigslist advertisement for a one-bedroom apartment. The Connor Group placed an ad on Craigslist for an apartment in Dayton, Ohio, advertising a “great bachelor pad for any single man looking to hook up.” The Miami Valley Fair Housing Center brought suit against the Connor Group for violating the Fair Housing Act. The case went to trial.  The jury found that the ad did not violate the act. Miami Valley appealed the district court’s denial of their  Rule 59 motion for a new trial. The Connor Group cross-appealed because after winning the trial they were denied a recovery of their attorney fees.   On appeal the court sent the parties back for a new trial.  The court ruled that the jury instructions improperly stated the law.  The full case can be found here.

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Clayton Walker, JD

Anchorage Real Property Lawyer