Disability Law Center’s Recent Victory

| Posted on October 01, 2019

We are so proud of our Disability Law Center's recent victory in the federal class action lawsuit, Murphy v. Harpstead!
The lawsuit challenges Minnesota's statewide practice of over reliance on corporate foster care settings as housing for those with disabilities. On Sept. 27, 2019, the US Senior District Court Judge found that current notice policy used by the Department of Human Services (DHS) to inform people who are being denied housing services violates Due Process rights under the 14th Amendment. The Judge also ruled against DHS by finding that Plaintiffs' ADA claim is allowed to proceed to trial.
Litigation Director Justin Perl says: "We believe that this case has the ability to improve the lives of all individuals living in group homes in Minnesota, by informing them of their housing options and providing support to those who want to live more independently in their community, just like people without disabilities. We need a consistent statewide system and we are prepared to take the matter to trial in order to protect the rights of all of our clients."

United States District Court Memorandum Opinion and Order, 9/27/19