Smolker Bartlett obtains federal jury verdict for national substance abuse facility under the Federal Fair Housing Act.  After a week-long trial in January 2013, a federal jury returned a verdict concluding that Hernando County discriminated against handicapped individuals due to their protected status under federal law. The jury concluded that the denial of a special exception permit application was not based on any legitimate and lawful reason and awarded damages to the Firm's client as a result of the County's illegal conduct. Ethan Loeb, David Smolker, and Jon Tasso represented the Firm's client.