Irvine, CA

Irvine Co. settles suit alleging discrimination re: emotional support animals

December 28, 2015
Christmas came early to two people who had filed lawsuits against the Irvine Co. and its apartment affiliate earlier this year alleging discrimination against them because they needed emotional-support animals. California's Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) announced earlier this month that it had settled the suits for $175,000, which is how much money Irvine Co. Don Bren made in the time it took you to read this story so far.
      From their press release:
     The lawsuits filed in Orange County Superior Court on behalf of two residents, and the administrative complaints filed on behalf of six additional residents, alleged the companies failed to accommodate tenants with mental health disabilities by taking steps to discourage tenants from keeping emotional support animals as a reasonable accommodation for their disabilities. The companies charged pet deposits and pet rent, imposed breed and size restrictions for legitimate support animals, and failed to engage in an interactive process to verify that tenants had genuine disabilities. The firms also lacked a uniform reasonable accommodation policy and failed to train their leasing professionals at their apartment communities about fair housing responsibilities toward people with disabilities. As a result, some tenants were evicted from their apartments or had their lease offers revoked. Others were forced to pay additional rent.

First Alliance settles predatory lending charges

March 21, 2002
Nearly 18,000 borrowers could receive as much as $60 million dollars in compensation under the terms of a settlement of a lawsuit involving a California-based home mortgage lender and its chief executive officer.
     The settlement with First Alliance Mortgage Company (First Alliance) was announced today by the Federal Trade Commission; the states of Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, and New York; AARP; and private attorneys for class action plaintiffs and for individual plaintiffs with unfair lending claims. The settlement must be approved by a federal district court in Santa Ana, California.
     The agreement settles charges that First Alliance and its chief executive officer violated federal and state laws in making home mortgage loans to customers. The settlement was obtained through a joint effort of the governmental agencies and private plaintiffs' counsel. 
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