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Frances Miller Campbell

Frances Campbell’s Legal Cases

18 total


  • Confidential

    Practice Area:
    Landlord & Tenant
    Date:
    Jan 14, 2009
    Outcome:
    Settlement
    Description:
    Tenants in a Santa Monica apartment building brought suit claiming that the landlord wrongfully evicted them through fraudulently claiming that he was going to remove the apartment building from the rental market pursuant to the Ellis Act. The case settled mid-trial for a confidential amount.
  • Jurkiewicz v. Los Angeles County Fair Association

    Practice Area:
    Constitutional
    Date:
    Sep 21, 2009
    Outcome:
    Settled for $125,230.00
    Description:
    Plaintiffs filed a lawsuit alleging that their landlord conspired with the Pomona Police Department to forcibly evict and exclude adult daughter of trailer park owner from the Fairplex Trailer Park in violation of the plaintiffs' rights to live together as a family under the California and federal constitutions. The Park refused to allow the daughter to enter the Park for 22 months, rendering her homeless. Plaintiff Jolynn Jurkiewicz further alleged that their landlord violated the Mobilehome Residency Law by charging "extra person fees" in addition to rent for her children.
  • Gatlin v. Oasis C&D Incorporated

    Practice Area:
    Landlord & Tenant
    Date:
    Jan 23, 2009
    Outcome:
    Verdict for plaintiffs in excess of $100,000.
    Description:
    Plaintiffs' landlord Dellita Johnson tried several times to evict the plaintiffs under various false pretenses. The landlord had created an illegal unit by splitting one of the plaintiffs' units into two units. After she was ordered by the Department of Building & Safety to restore plaintiffs' units to one unit, and pay relocation fees, she told the plaintiffs that she was going to fumigate the units. She sent the plaintiffs to a motel. Then she tented the units, destroyed the interiors of both units, and stole all plaintiffs' belongings. After a bench trial before Judge Michael I Stern, the Court found in favor of the plaintiffs making a total award of over $100,000.00.
  • Llamas v. Garcia

    Practice Area:
    Landlord & Tenant
    Outcome:
    Verdict for Plaintiffs; award of $27,900.00
    Description:
    Plaintiffs rented an illegally-constructed dwelling unit built into the garage of the defendants' property. They sued for return of their rent under the California Unfair Competition Law (Business & Professions Code section 17200) because it is an illegal business practice to rent out dwelling units that do not have a certificate of occupancy. The Court awarded Plaintiffs all past rent.
  • Confidential v. Turner

    Practice Area:
    Landlord & Tenant
    Date:
    Mar 01, 2011
    Outcome:
    Settlement
    Description:
    Plaintiffs sued landlords and their downstairs neighbors because Plaintiffs' neighbors smoke marijuana and other non-tobacco products in their apartment beneath the Plaintiffs' apartment, and refuse to smoke outside, endangering the health of one of the Plaintiffs. One of the Plaintiffs had severe heart and lung problems and could not be exposed to second-hand smoke of any type. The neighbors refuse to modify their behavior and the landlords refused to evict the downstairs neighbors for nuisance. Plaintiffs sued the landlords for maintaining a nuisance, and for violating Plaintiff's rights as a disabled person. Plaintiffs sued the neighbors for creating a nuisance and for battery.
  • Smith v. Beyond Shelter

    Practice Area:
    Landlord & Tenant
    Date:
    Dec 03, 2009
    Outcome:
    Resolved on confidential terms
    Description:
    Beyond Shelter, a charity that is supposed to help the homeless become self-sufficient, gave a couple with a new baby a one-day notice to vacate an apartment. When the couple refused to move on one day's notice, Beyond Shelter forcibly evicted them to make way for a new family. Beyond Shelter lost or threw away a lot of the couple's valuable papers and other belongings. Ironically, the couple and their newborn ended up homeless. Defense counsel threatened during the trial to have criminal charges brought against the family, and actually met with the District Attorney to try to convince him to file charges. Trial started in December 2009, and the case "resolved" during jury selection for a confidential amount of money.
  • Martin v. Caro Properties

    Practice Area:
    Real Estate
    Date:
    Dec 11, 2007
    Outcome:
    (not available)
    Description:
    (not available)
  • O'Sullivan v. Top City Management Co.

    Practice Area:
    Landlord & Tenant
    Date:
    Sep 24, 2010
    Outcome:
    Settled for $190,000
    Description:
    Apartment complex that rents primarily to USC students was infested with bedbugs, but didn't tell the tenants moving in. Tenants were accused of bringing in the bedbugs, but the management knew that this was false. Tenants subjected to bedbug bites for six weeks, while the management either denied there was a problem or used ineffective methods to treat the bedbugs.
  • Cho v. Chock

    Practice Area:
    Landlord & Tenant
    Date:
    Sep 07, 2010
    Outcome:
    tenants not evicted
    Description:
    Landlord/mother of tenant doesn't like her tenant/son's wife and has repeatedly tried to evict the couple. This time, she filed a false police report accusing the son of pulling a gun on her, and tried to evict the couple on the ground that her son made a death threat against her. After a jury saw the history of angry letters between the mother and the son, always ending "Why don't you move?", and heard the mother's inconsistent testimony, they knew the mother was lying about the gun. Jury voted 10-2 in favor of the son and his wife.
  • Saltzman v. Leman

    Practice Area:
    Landlord & Tenant
    Date:
    Feb 23, 2011
    Outcome:
    Settled for $190,000
    Description:
    A 94-year-old tenant was forced to leave her apartment of 50 years after two toilets overflowed in her unit, damaging it and the unit below her. Although the young and healthy tenants living in the downstairs unit were relocated to another apartment owned by the landlords, the 94-year-old tenant was forced to move to a hotel. The landlord told her lawyer that the tenant would not be allowed to return to her apartment (in violation of law). After 3 months, she was returned to her apartment, but by then had lost the ability to function independently and now needs 24 hour care.