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CLASS ACTION / MULTI-PARTY LITIGATION

Arellano, et al. v. Koltai, et al., LASC case no. BC347852

Represented tenants from a small apartment building in Silverlake made untenantable by fire a couple of days before Christmas 2005.  The property was exempt from any rent control laws.  BASTA obtained certification of a limited class, and, after nine months, settled the case at mediation for the tenants’ statutorily required relocation fees totaling approximately $193,500.  Resolved in 2006. 

CASE NAMEConfidential

Establishing a new “line in the sand” in the battle against gentrification, BASTA represented approximately 37 tenants in a building south of Washington Avenue near Downtown Los Angeles for substantial breaches of habitability and various violations of the Los Angeles Rent Stabilization Ordinance.  The City of Los Angeles Attorney’s Office proceeded with a parallel criminal prosecution of the landlord.  Within 12 months, the case settled for approximately $415,000 after BASTA successfully opposed the landlord’s demurrer.  BASTA neither undertook nor defended a single deposition.  BASTA did not propound or respond to any written discovery.  Resolved in 2007. 

CASE NAMEConfidential

Represented the residents of eight apartments in an apartment complex undergoing a condominium conversion north of Sunset Boulevard in the Hollywood area.  The property was not rent controlled.  Within five months, the case settled for $162,000 after BASTA obtained an OSC re Preliminary Injunction to cease all construction activities.  BASTA neither undertook nor defended a single deposition.  BASTA did not propound or respond to any written discovery.  Resolved in 2007. 

CASE NAMEConfidential

Battling all the way on the border of East Los Angeles, BASTA represented the residents of six apartments suing their landlord for substantial breaches of habitability and various violations of the Los Angeles Rent Control Ordinance.  In approximately one year, the case settled for approximately $130,000 mid-way through the owner’s deposition.  Resolved in 2007. 

CASE NAMEIn Process

Continuing the fight against substandard housing south of Washington Avenue near Downtown Los Angeles, BASTA represented the majority of tenants in a substandard building along San Pedro and forced the owner to make repairs under the supervision of the City of Los Angeles Housing Department and the Department of Building and Safety (as opposed to the non-permitted and hazardous “repairs” being undertaken before BASTA’s involvement).  In six months, and after three depositions, BASTA settled the litigation for approximately $400,000.  Resolved in 2008.