- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 12, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A federal jury says a Des Moines businessman has proven the city of Des Moines violated his constitutional equal protection rights by forcing him to install wooden windows in an apartment building instead of vinyl.

Real estate management firm owner James Conlin sued the city which told him to replace windows in a building he owns in the Sherman Hill historic district. He ordered 10 vinyl windows and installed five when the city told him to stop and use wood windows instead.

Conlin claims others installed vinyl windows. The city denies he was treated differently.

A jury found last week Conlin’s rights were violated. He’ll seek a court order allowing him to install the vinyl windows and recover attorney fees, which are substantial after 2 ½ years of litigation.

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