United States of America, et al. v. Saxonville Realty Trust, et al.; U.S. District Court, D.Mass.

When a realtor and realty trust backed out of the sale of a home to one of Attorney Margolin's non-profit corporate clients intending to use the property as a group home for adolescents with emotional and learning difficulties, Attorney Margolin persuaded the United States Justice Department to sue the realty trust on the non-profit corporation's behalf. The non-profit intervened as a co-plaintiff represented by Attorney Margolin. After some litigation jousting, Federal Judge David A. Mazzone, brought the parties into his chambers for a hearing and strongly urged settlement. The parties agreed to a settlement causing the sale of the home to proceed and requiring the defendants to reimburse the non-profit corporation for its legal fees. While not a landmark case, it was of note because it was filed in the early years of the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988, which added disability to the categories of unlawful discrimination in housing.

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