56 years later, bias case is closed: Hamtramck completes new housing


Attorney James Allen of the Schenk & Bruetsch law firm

HAMTRAMCK - The City of Hamtramck is pleased to announce the dismissal of Garrett, et al. v. Hamtramck, et al. U.S. Magistrate Elizabeth A. Stafford issued the order of dismissal on April 23. The case was dismissed because the city fulfilled an obligation to build 350 housing units. The final units were completed in December 2023.

The class action case began in 1968 and was perhaps the oldest case in the federal court system. The original action charged that African American homeowners in the city were discriminated against when they were displaced by the construction of I-75. Eventually, unde...

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