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Davis, et al. v. City of New York, et al. Class Action Settlement

Friday, January 16, 2015

Davis, et al. v. City of New York, et al. Class Action Settlement

The parties have reached a settlement agreement in Davis, et al. v. City of New York, et al., a federal, class action lawsuit that challenges the New York City Police Department’s (NYPD) policy and practices of unlawful stops and arrests of public housing residents and their visitors for criminal trespass without sufficient evidence and due to their race and/or ethnicity.  It also challenges certain unreasonable terms in the New York City Housing Authority’s (NYCHA) “Highlights of House Rules, Lease Terms and Policy.” 

This settlement must be approved by the Court.  A fairness hearing on this settlement will take place before U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin in Courtroom 15C of the United States Courthouse, 500 Pearl Street, New York, New York, on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, beginning at 4:00 p.m.

YOU ARE A CLASS MEMBER IN THIS LAWSUIT (and will be affected by this settlement) if you are:

  1. an African-American or Latino resident of a NYCHA apartment—or a family member, authorized guest or visitor of a NYCHA resident—who, since January 28, 2007, has been or would be unlawfully stopped, seized, questioned, frisked, searched and/or arrested for trespass by New York City Police Department (“NYPD”) officers in or around NYCHA residences; and/or
  2. a NYCHA resident whose family member, authorized guest or visitor, since January 28, 2007, has been or would be unlawfully stopped, seized, questioned, frisked, searched, and/or arrested for trespass by NYPD officers in or around NYCHA residences.

IF YOU ARE A CLASS MEMBER, you have the right to object to this settlement.

If you wish to submit written objections or comments to the proposed Settlement Agreement, you must complete and deliver (by mail, private delivery service, or email) a Written Objection Form (together with your written objections) to the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. at the contact information below by April 1, 2015.  The Written Objection Form can be downloaded by clicking here.

If you wish to submit written objections or comments to the proposed Settlement Agreement and speak at the Fairness Hearing, you must complete and deliver (by mail, private delivery service, personal delivery, or email) a Request to Speak Form (together with your Written Objection Submission Form and your written objections) to the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. at the contact information below by April 1, 2015.  The Request to Speak Form can be downloaded by clicking here.

A copy of the proposed Settlement Agreement and all related exhibits can be downloaded below:

Contact Information for all questions and to submit Written Objection Forms and Request to Speak Forms:

NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc.
Attn:  Davis Class Settlement
40 Rector Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY  10026
DavisClass@naacpldf.org
(877) 301-2201