Housing Rights Center and Two Families Obtain $98,000 Settlement Against Los Angeles Owner and Management Company In Familial Status/Race Case

Southern California Housing Rights Center
Los Angeles, CA
Contact:    Gary Rhoades, Litigation Director

For Immediate Release

Oct. 1, 2003

(LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, October 1, 2003)  In a hard-fought case where a Los Angeles owner and his managers at two properties allegedly prohibited children from playing outside at their homes and preferred Asian tenants over Latino tenants, the parties and federal judge have signed off on a settlement agreement granting the families and the Housing Rights Center $98,000.

The Housing Rights Center and a family originally sued the owner and manager of one property in federal court in August of 2001, alleging that defendants discriminated against homeowners on the basis of familial status and race in the operation of the 50-unit apartment complex.  The defendants then counter-sued HRC for conspiracy to commit fraud.  HRC prepared a anti-SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) motion to dismiss the claims against HRC.  HRC’s anti-SLAPP research and proposed motion forced the defendants to withdraw their claims.  Next, HRC found another property where children faced discriminatory rules and over defendants’ opposition brief were able to add the new family from the new property.

The plaintiffs were represented by attorneys Danielle Jones and Gary Rhoades from HRC.