Trafficante v. Metropolitan Life Insurance is Decided by the Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court offered important judicial guidance on interpreting the Fair Housing Act, ruling that current tenants in a large apartment complex had standing to sue their landlord for discrimination against minority applicants; it also established four tenets of statutory construction: (1) the statute should be construed broadly; (2) integration is an important goal of Title VIII; (3) courts may, in appropriate cases, rely on case law under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (prohibiting discrimination in employment) to help interpret Title VIII; and (4) HUD interpretations of Title VIII are entitled to substantial weight.