No. 89-1608.

896 F.2d 600 (1990)

Ruth DURRETT, et al., Plaintiffs, Appellants, v. HOUSING AUTHORITY OF the CITY OF PROVIDENCE, et al., Defendants, Appellees.

United States Court of Appeals, First Circuit.

Decided February 14, 1990.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

John W. Dineen, Providence, R.I., for appellants.

Stephen J. Reid, Jr. and Blish & Cavanagh, Providence, R.I., on brief for the Housing Authority of the City of Providence, appellee.

Edward B. Foley, David W. Ogden, Jenner & Block, Washington, D.C., Barbara R. Arnwine, Paul Holtzman, Lawyers' Committee for Civ. Rights Under Law, John A. Powell, American Civ. Liberties Union Found., Herbert H. Henderson, Huntington, W.Va., Everald Thompson, NAACP Sp. Contribution Fund on brief for Lawyers' Committee for Civ. Rights Under Law, American Civ. Liberties Union Found., Nat. Ass'n for the Advancement of Colored People, Nat. Council of La Raza, Civ. Liberties Union of Massachusetts, and Rhode Island Civ. Liberties Union, amicus curiae.

Before CAMPBELL, Chief Judge, COFFIN, Senior Circuit Judge, and TORRUELLA, Circuit Judge.

COFFIN, Senior Circuit Judge.

This case began as a complex class action brought under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and the Fair Housing Act of 1968, 42 U.S.C. § 3604(b), by tenants in two public housing projects against various municipal and national entities, seeking relief from a wide variety of allegedly substandard conditions. After much bitterness, including a lengthy rent strike, and much negotiation, the parties crafted a comprehensive settlement agreement that...

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