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Argued: May 7, 2001

Nello DeFelice and Lidia DeFelice (the DeFelices) appeal from a final order of the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County (trial court) which affirmed a decision of the City of Pittsburgh Commission of Human Relations (Commission) which awarded damages and attorney fees to Carolyn Fisher, Edward Fisher (the Fishers) and the Fair Housing Partnership, Inc. (FHP) (collectively, Appellees) upon determining that the DeFelices had intentionally and unlawfully discriminated against them on the basis of race. We affirm.

In October 1997, the DeFelices purchased a property located next door to their home, which they immediately put on the market for rent. Later that month, the Fishers, an African-American couple, contacted the DeFelices about renting the property. The Fishers told the DeFelices that three persons would be residing in the home and that their wheelchair bound adult son, who would not be living at the rental home, would be visiting and would need to be able to get into and out of the building. The Fishers were shown the property, quoted a rental price of $850 per month, requested and were given a rental application.

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