Christina Ligi, a person with disabilities as defined as the FHAA of 1988, suffers from mental and physical illnesses. Upon the advice of her treating physician to use an emotional support animal to mitigate the symptoms of her disabilities, Ms. Ligi brought home a declawed, sprayed, immunized, therapy cat. Shortly thereafter, the defendant Connors threatened to have her evicted under a no pet policy. Both the plaintiff and her physician requested that the apartment allow for an accommodation, which was denied. Ms. Ligi retained Attorney Brain Hartwell, who contacted FHCMD for assistance. A complaint was filed and the action was assigned to the Honorable Avern Cohn. Attorney Hartwell is now a cooperating attorney with FHCMD.

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The evidence from the housing discrimination complaints filed with FHCMD by home seekers, from the "testing" conducted by the FHCMD, and from the statements provided by many housing providers who support fair housing laws and are willing to step forward to help expose violations of those laws, demonstrates that practices of unlawful housing discrimination continue and the services of FHCMD are needed. Read more