Mezuzos & Condos (Update on Bloch v. Frischholz)

In the previous post, I mentioned the case of Bloch v. Frischholz, 587 F.3d 771 (7th Cir. 2009), which involved claims against a condominium association that repeatedly took down mezuzos from the plaintiff’s doorway. The case has continued for several years, making its way through the courts. Last week a federal judge refused to dismiss the plaintiff’s claims that the association violated the Illinois Condominium Property Act and breached its fiduciary duty by removing the mezuzos. Click here to read more, and here for the court’s order.

On July 12, U.S. District Judge Virginia M. Kendall approved of a settlement between the parties. According to the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin:

“The decree bars the Shoreline Towers Condominium Association on Chicago’s North Side and its president from retaliating against the residents who sued the association or from interfering with the sale or lease of any Shoreline unit in which those residents have an interest.
The decree also bars the association and its president from taking any action against the plaintiffs or any other unit owner ‘on account of their race or religion that would interfere with their right to use — or the exercise or enjoyment of — their property or fair housing rights.’
The remaining terms of the settlement are confidential.” (Click here for the full article.)

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