Year: 2006

Sterling’s poor practices in all of his housing ventures finally caught up with him in August 2006, when the United States Department of Justice sued him for housing discrimination. The DOJ said that Sterling, his wife, and their company discriminated against non-Koreans who were looking to rent apartments in the Koreatown area of Los Angeles, due (we would assume) to the fact that he had previously gone on record with the opinion that Koreans “will live in whatever conditions he gives them and still pay the rent without complaint.”

The suit was finally settled in November of 2009, with Sterling paying a fine of $2.725 million that was the largest settlement payment ever in a case involving discrimination in apartment rentals. So at least he’s got one world record to his name, right?