Tenant was evicted from her apartment. Before the tenant had completely removed her belongings from the apartment, the manager disposed of the items in several trash bins at the complex.
The tenant asserted that the manager and apartment complex had violated a statute that required the preservation of her property for a certain period of time. The tenant testified that a great deal of valuable property was disposed of, including many sentimental items valued at $900,000.
The apartment complex attempted to settle the case prior to trial, offering the tenant $10,000. The tenant rejected this offer.
After a four-day jury trial, the jury returned a verdict in favor of the tenant in the amount of $8,100. As the tenant had rejected the pretrial offer which was greater than the verdict, judgment was entered in favor of the apartment complex for costs in the amount of $6,000.
Rall v. Kenney
Apr 10, 2009
Motorcyclist alleged a commercial tow truck came into his lane, hooked his motorcycle, and caused him to rear end another vehicle. The tow truck driver disputed this claim, stating that the motorcyclist was driving too fast, which caused the motorcyclist to rear end the other vehicle.
The motorcyclist sustained bilateral wrist injuries, resulting in the need for a partial fusion of his left wrist. He additionally claimed loss of earnings stemming from his inability to work as a sound engineer. These allegations were aggressively disputed by the tow truck driver.
Motakef v. Woodcrest Homes Association
Feb 15, 2008
Partial Motion for Summary Judgment Granted
Member of homeowners' association claimed that the association and property manager discriminated against her on the basis of national origin. This, she stated, was evidenced by the property manager's purported failure to maintain the common areas. The member asserted that the discrimination caused her to sustain emotional distress as well as continuing property damage. She additionally alleged claims for attorneys' fees and punitive damages.
The member attempted to personally name members of the board of directors for the homeowners' association in her lawsuit. This effort was denied by the Court.
Subsequently, a Partial Motion for Summary Judgment was filed on behalf of the homeowner's association and property manager, arguing that the federal discrimination allegations were improper. The Court granted the motion, referring the balance of the case to State Court.
The case ultimately settled in State Court for nuisance value.
Luong v. Lambda Phi Epsilon
Fraternity hazing matter.
Bainbridge v. City of Laguna Beach
Jan 23, 2008
Motion for Summary Judgment Granted
Pedestrian was crossing Pacific Coast Highway in the crosswalk when she was struck and injured by a drunk driver.
Pedestrian sued the driver, as well as the City and State, claiming that the crosswalk constituted a dangerous condition of public property. City filed a Motion for Summary Judgment, arguing that City had no ownership or control over the sidewalk.
Motion for Summary Judgment granted.
S.F. v. I.K.
Minor Plaintiff alleges defamation, emotional distress, against minor defendant stemming from the posting of a MySpace page.