NEWPORT BEACH — A federal judge ruled this week that Newport Beach's law restricting group rehabilitation homes does not discriminate against disabled people, handing the city a partial victory in its protracted litigation with operators.
U.S. District Court Judge James Selna found that the city enforces the ordinance against both recovering addicts and other individuals equally, and that the city did not violate the patients' privacy, but he also found that the operators can seek some damages.
Since the city starting enforcing the ordinance in 2008, it has spent nearly $2 million defending lawsuits from operators and has settled some of those suits. The ordinance was designed to limit the proliferation of the homes, which neighbors typically despise. These remaining court cases had left the city's law in doubt.