New York Civil Rights Violation Lawyer Comments on Court Ruling That Dakota Board Members Can be Liable in New York Race Discrimination Lawsuit

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New York civil rights violation lawyer David Perecman from The Perecman Firm comments on a civil rights violation lawsuit against the exclusive Dakota apartment building. The Appellate Division, First Department decided that a co-op board of directors can be held liable for racial bias. The Dakota has been home to many celebrities including former Beatle John Lennon.

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No one can refuse to sell or rent housing to someone because of their race or color. Conditions of a rental or sale cannot be changed either because of someone's race or color in New York.

In a decision of interest to New York civil rights violation lawyers at The Perecman Firm and other defenders of civil rights, a New York state appeals court ruled that board members at The Dakota can be personally sued for alleged racial discrimination.

According to the lawsuit (Fletcher v. The Dakota, Inc., 101289/11), the board’s rejection of a prominent hedge fund manager's attempt to double the size of his apartment may constitute racial bias, a civil rights violation.

Alphonse "Buddy" Fletcher, an African-American, sued the famous building and individual board members in 2011. He claimed the board had turned down his offer to buy an adjoining apartment because of his race. According to the civil rights violation lawsuit, Fletcher alleged discrimination under New York State and City human rights laws.

As New York civil rights violation lawyers at The Perecman Firm understand, the court decided that the allegations of housing discrimination and retaliation trumped the defense under the business judgment rule.

The business judgment rule may not apply if discrimination by board members can be proved, explained New York civil rights violation lawyer David Perecman.

“No one can refuse to sell or rent housing to someone because of their race or color. Conditions of a rental or sale cannot be changed either because of someone's race or color in New York,” Perecman said.

For over 30 years, The Perecman Firm has advocated on behalf of individuals whose civil rights were violated.

The Dakota was once the home to John Lennon. Other famous residents have included Judy Garland, Leonard Bernstein, Lauren Bacall, Boris Karloff, Connie Chung, and Paul Simon.

Individuals who believe they have been victims of a New York civil rights violation including race discrimination or sexual harassment can contact The Perecman Firm at 212-977-7033.

About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:

For the past 30 years, the New York civil rights violation, medical malpractice, construction accident, and auto accident lawyers at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have handled all types of cases including race discrimination and religious harassment. David Perecman, founder of the Firm, has been recognized for his achievements as an Honoree in the National Law Journal's Hall of Fame, in New York Magazine's "The Best Lawyers in America" and The New York Times Magazine "New York Super Lawyers, Metro Edition" for the years 2007-2010. The prestigious U.S. News & World Report ranks The Perecman Firm among the top 20 personal injury firms in New York City for 2011-2012.

The Firm has recovered millions of dollars for its clients. Among the more recent victories, Mr. Perecman won a $15 million verdict** for a construction accident (Index 112370/03), a $5.35 million dollar verdict*** for an automobile accident (Index 2749/04), and a $40 million dollar structured settlement for medical malpractice (Index 2146/03)****.

The Perecman Firm serves Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island, Westchester, Upstate NY, Morris County, and Rockland County.

**later settled while on appeal for $7.940 million    
*** later settled for $3.5 million
**** total potential payout

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