An African-American couple that sued the owners of a Pennsylvania apartment complex for discrimination after they were denied the advertised terms of a lease cannot proceed under a federal law designed to provide equality in credit transactions or the state’s consumer protection law.

Tackling an issue of first impression within the 3rd Circuit and another novel issue for Pennsylvania courts, U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III struck two counts of the discrimination suit Bernice and John Portis filed against River House Associates and Korman Communities Inc.

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