Upon our review, we hold that a corporation can acquire a racial identity and establish standing to seek a remedy for alleged race discrimination under Title VI, but that the district court properly dismissed one of the defendants from liability on the plaintiff’s race discrimination claims. We further conclude that the district court abused its discretion in permitting the use of particular impeachment evidence, which should have been excluded as unfairly prejudicial under Federal Rule of Evidence 403. Finally, we agree that the district court properly reduced certain damages awarded to the plaintiff on its contract claims, but decide that the strict notice requirements of the Virginia Public Procurement Act required the court to narrow further the scope of recoverable contract damages. Accordingly, we affirm the district court’s judgment in part. We also vacate the court’s judgment on both the race discrimination claims and certain contract damages awarded, and remand those aspects of the case for further proceedings.
This appeal involves work performed by a contractor in Danville, Virginia, on the Blaine Square Project (the project), a large public housing venture intended to provide subsidized rental units to low-income residents of Danville. The project was funded in part by a $20 million grant to the Danville Redevelopment and Housing Authority (the Housing Authority) from the Hope VI Program, an initiative of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which allows private investors to contribute capital to public housing projects in exchange for tax credits.
Judge(s): Barbara Milano Keenan
Jurisdiction: U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
Related Categories: Civil Rights , Constitutional Law , Construction , Government / Politics
|Circuit Court Judge(s)|
|Trial Court Judge(s)|
|Appellant Lawyer(s)||Appellant Law Firm(s)|
|Rhonda Harmon||The Harmon Firm LLC|
|Appellee Lawyer(s)||Appellee Law Firm(s)|
|Lori Bentley||Johnson Ayers & Matthews PLC|
|John Eure||Johnson Ayers & Matthews PLC|
|Joshua Goad||Johnson Ayers & Matthews PLC|
|James Meath||Williams Mullen|
|Joseph Pope||Williams Mullen|
|Nelson Wilkinson||Williams Mullen|