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in a unanimous opinion, the justices vacated and remanded a decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that held that a real estate corporation’s president and sole shareholder was vicariously liable for an employee’s acts of discrimination in violation of the Fair Housing Act. Meyer v. Holley, No. 01-1120. Ruling on an appeal in a suit filed by an interracial couple that had been trying to buy a home in California, the court held that, while the act forbids racial discrimination, it imposes liability only upon the corporation but not upon its officers or owners. Breyer wrote the court’s opinion.

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