US settles with some defendants in housing lawsuit

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The U.S. Justice Department has reached a lawsuit settlement with architects and civil engineers accused of violating the Fair Housing Act at apartment complexes in Mississippi, Louisiana and Tennessee.

A news release says nine architects and civil engineers will pay a total of $865,000 to make the complexes accessible to people with disabilities. They'll pay $60,000 to compensate those harmed by the inaccessible housing.

Officials say no settlement has been reached with the developer, builder or former owners of the properties, who are alleged to have violated the Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

In Mississippi, the complexes are in Brandon, Horn Lake, Hattiesburg, Southaven and Jackson. They're in Baton Rouge and Slidell in Louisiana and in Cordova, Tenn.


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