United States Fourth Circuit

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Woods v. City of Greensboro, 16-1044

In a racial discrimination suit under 42 U.S.C. section 1981, brought by a minority-owned television network that was granted and then subsequently denied an economic development loan from the City, involving the issue of whether it is plausible to believe that, in twenty-first century America, a municipal government may seek to contract with a minority-owned enterprise under some conditions, yet, on account of race, avoid contracting with a minority-owned company under other conditions, the district court's dismissal of the complaint with prejudice is reversed where plaintiff plausibly pled that the conditions under which the City was willing to grant it a loan were more stringent than those the City applied to similarly situated white-owned applicants.

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  • Published 2017/05/05




  • United States Fourth Circuit


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