Condo owners settle suit on blacks in ads

November 02, 1990|By Robert Hilson Jr. | Robert Hilson Jr.,Evening Sun Staff

The owners of a downtown luxury condominium complex have agreed to pay $150,000 to a black couple and a fair housing group to settle a lawsuit filed because blacks were not included in the firm's advertising.

Besides the monetary settlement, The Towers at Harbor Court, at the Inner Harbor, has also agreed to use more blacks in its advertising.

"We think it's fair. Not only did [the Towers at Harbor Court] agree to it, but they are enthusiastic about it," said David G. Webbert, an attorney representing Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc., a co-plaintiff in the lawsuit.

The lawsuit was filed by BNI and Frederick Lee Robinson and his wife, Vera Camilla Robinson. Named as defendants were condominium complex and an advertising firm, the Bomstein Agency, which produced the ads.

The lawsuit was filed in March after the Robinsons noticed that blacks were not present in ads that appeared in magazines and The Sunday Sun's real estate section.

"There were picture after picture of white human models as residents," Webbert said yesterday, adding: "A picture is worth a thousand words."

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