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HOUSING GROUP CAN PURSUE LAWSUIT

A fair housing advocacy group will be allowed to continue its class-action lawsuit against New York State as a result of a ruling by State Supreme Court Justice Jacqueline M. Koshian.

The judge granted class certification to Housing Opportunities Made Equal in the lawsuit it filed last year against the state.

HOME claims that the state Division for Human Rights has failed to provide adequate investigation and litigation of housing rights complaints, sometimes taking more than six years to process a discrimination complaint.

State officials deny the allegations.

HOME spokeswoman Anne Huiner said the ruling is a major victory "because it allows us to continue to pursue this case as a class-action lawsuit."

"The judge has also reinstated a case, which had been pending for 10 years and had been dismissed by the state's administrative law judge," she added.

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