No. 71-708.

409 U.S. 205 (1972)


Supreme Court of United States.

Decided December 7, 1972.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Stephen v. Bomse argued the cause for petitioners. With him on the briefs were George H. Clyde, Jr., and Margaret D. Brown.

Richard J. Kilmartin argued the cause and filed a brief for Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. Robert M. Shea argued the cause and filed a brief for respondent Parkmerced Corp.

Deputy Solicitor General Wallace argued the cause for the United States as amicus curiae urging reversal. With him on the brief were Solicitor General Griswold, Assistant Attorney General Norman, and Frank E. Schwelb. Briefs of amici curiae urging reversal were filed by Robert Keith Booth, Jr., for the City of Palo Alto, California, and by Jack Greenberg, James M. Nabrit III, Charles Stephen Ralston, Michael Davidson, William Bennett Turner, and Alice Daniel for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.

MR. JUSTICE DOUGLAS delivered the opinion of the Court.

Two tenants of Parkmerced, an apartment complex in San Francisco housing about 8,200 residents, filed separate complaints with the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) pursuant to § 810 (a)1 of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, 82 Stat. 85, 42 U. S. C. § 3610 (a). One tenant is black, one white. Each alleged that the owner2

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