LAM and Sommers & Schwartz joint case garners positive media attention

Joint class action complaint claims housing authority used illegal tactics to evict tenants.
Marin Housing Authority's Golden Gate Village Housing in Marin City

Following a Legal Aid of Marin and Sommers & Schwartz LLP joint class action complaint filed in September against the Marin Housing Authority (MHA), alleging that public housing residents were unjustly evicted, both the Marin Independent Journal and Pacific Sun newspapers immediately assigned editors and reporters to cover the important local story.

“Lawsuit: Housing authority used illegal tactics to threaten eviction from Marin City public housing,” read the headline in the October 10, 2012 IJ article.

The complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, also states that MHA committed unlawful, unfair and deceptive business practices.

photo_schwartzThe lawsuit was filed on behalf of Jacquelyn Hall, Rachael Brown, Nicanora Contreras, Esther Williams, Ariana Martinez and all similarly situated current and former tenants of the MHA. The suit seeks injunctive relief to protect or reimburse residents who have been evicted or threatened with eviction despite having made timely rent payments.

“They (MHA) are trying to balance the books on the backs of these tenants,” LAM Executive Director, Paul Cohen, was quoted in the Independent Journal article as saying.

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