Plaintiff contractor sued defendant contractor for breach of contract regarding profit sharing arrangement on a public works project.
Dispute in which plaintiff home purchaser sued defendant seller and real estate agent for failure to disclose flooding.
Dispute in which defendant’s alleged water and pipe damage in his orthodontist office caused extensive water damage to a tenant renting medical office space on a lower floor.
Breach of residential lease case and habitability case due to construction at a beach front expensive residential property.
Breach of commercial lease and interference with business due to owner’s development of an adjacent property and the impact of that development on the leased property.
Dispute involving a commercial lease by a restaurant owner tenant and issues surrounding construction done by the tenant during the terms of the lease and the condition of the property when the tenant vacated.
Dispute involving the issue as to whether the exchange in ownership interest of a piece of commercial property should be characterized as either a sale for a section 1031 property exchange or a loan at a 6% rate secured by the commercial property. The minimal written agreement referenced the property as a “sale,” but the transaction was structured as a loan and extrinsic evidence referred to the transaction as a loan. The characterization of the property transfer had implications on whether plaintiff or defendant/cross-complainant was owed money due to the fact that the subsequent sale of the commercial property was at a significantly smaller purchase price than the initial transfer of the property.
Dispute involving a commercial real estate lease that contained an exclusivity provision negotiated by a doctor tenant. Doctor tenant argued that, pursuant to the negotiated exclusivity provision in the lease, the landlord could not lease space on the ground floor to an urgent care facility. He alleged significant damages based upon the interference it would have with his medical practice.
Dispute about a house in Santa Monica Canyon being improperly sold at a significantly discounted price. Plaintiff was the past owner of the property who sued the buyers claiming that the sale was fraudulent and without proper notice. Plaintiff alleged more than $1 million in damages.
Dispute involving the issue of whether an easement should be granted, and for what price, to a land-locked property in Topanga Canyon from a non-profit organization owning adjacent property. The non-profit organization was designed to preserve the natural habitat in the canyon and they were concerned with the use, sub-division and building of structures on the property.
Property line dispute in which plaintiff sued neighbor defendants for removing expensive and mature trees from plaintiff’s property and subsequently building a wall on plaintiff’s property. Defendants claimed that they were remodeling their house and that the removal was accidental because they believed that the trees and wall were on defendants’ property.
Property line dispute involving neighboring property owners in Mandeville Canyon. Plaintiff sued defendants alleging that defendants owed plaintiff money for improperly using plaintiff’s property for a garage, parking, pool equipment and fountain equipment.
Dispute involving the breach of a commercial lease. Plaintiff pharmacy sued the landlord for breach of a commercial lease when the landlord allegedly failed to properly prepare the leased space in order to meet the stringent guidelines required by the pharmacy licensing board. The landlord counter-claimed for breach of the commercial lease, given that plaintiff never moved into the property.
Multi-party dispute involving a wrongful foreclosure action and the subsequent wrongful purchase of property.
Dispute involving the alleged breach of a commercial lease. Plaintiff landlord sued defendant tenant, who lost his financing for his martial arts studio, for not making timely nor full monthly lease payments.
The homeowner of a condominium sued the condominium building and another homeowner, for the extensive damage that resulted when water dripped through the roof of their unit. The homeowner also sued the homeowners association for allegedly preventing them from making the necessary repairs due to their rules and requirements. Additionally, the homeowners association sued the homeowner in a declaratory relief action for a violation of its rules and procedures.
Dispute involving the alleged breach of a commercial lease agreement in Beverly Hills. Plaintiff landlord sued defendant tenant alleging that she breached the commercial lease by vacating the premises a few years early. Defendant tenant alleged that she had to leave early because she detrimentally relied upon misrepresentations about square footage size, causing her to not have enough useable space to run her business. Plaintiff landlord also sued real estate brokers for interference with business relations and breach of fiduciary duty because they found the defendant tenant a new space during the terms of the lease.
Right of view case in which plaintiff sued neighbor defendant on the ground that defendant’s trees and hedges blocked the neighbor’s ocean view.
Property line dispute. Plaintiff sued defendant for alleged encroachments caused by defendant’s fence and its underground footings.
Dispute in which plaintiff tenant claimed wrongful eviction from a rent-controlled apartment in Venice. Plaintiff alleged that the landlord wrongfully evicted him so that he could improperly convert the property to commercial use only, which is not subject to rent-control restrictions. Plaintiff sued for $1 million in damages.
Dispute between sibling property owners regarding two income properties, managed by one sibling, and left to both siblings in the will of their mother. Dispute involved whether to sell each of the properties, and if so, at what value and pursuant to what valuation process.
Dispute between numerous family members regarding undistributed proceeds from the sale of real property transferred equally to them upon the death of parent property owners. One family member argued that he should be reimbursed for the money he spent on lawyer fees and improvements to the property made for the purposes of sale prior to the equal distribution of sale proceeds.
Plaintiff tenant sued her landlord for the return of her security deposit and the value of her lost belongings. Plaintiff alleged that, in response to complaints about the habitability of the premises, the landlord wrongfully served her with a 60 day notice to vacate and then, prior to the expiration of the notice period, the landlord locked plaintiff out of the premises, refusing to allow her to recover her belongings.
Plaintiff tenant sued her landlord for wrongful eviction and negligent and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Plaintiff alleged that, in response to her complaints about the habitability of her apartment, defendant wrongfully evicted her after entering her apartment, without permission and the 24 hour notice provided for in the lease, to find her naked. The landlord counter-claimed for a breach of lease that he alleged had occurred because the plaintiff tenant had been sub-letting rooms in the apartment in violation of the written lease.
Plaintiff tenant sued defendant landlord for the return of her security deposit, when prior to moving into a leased mansion in Beverly Hills, she chose not to move in after learning that one of the guest houses was not permitted for habitability and that there was asbestos in a room in the main house. Defendant landlord counterclaimed for breach of lease.
Dispute involving a tenant who sued for the return of his secured parking spot, or a substantial reduction of the rent, when the landlord took his secured parking spot away in a rent-controlled apartment, where tenant had lived for 15 years. Plaintiff alleged that the landlord knew the importance of the parking spot to plaintiff and that he denied plaintiff of this spot solely so that plaintiff would have to move, thereby allowing the landlord to rent the apartment to another tenant without rent control restrictions.
Landlord tenant dispute in which the tenants alleged that the landlord erroneously refused to pay for emergency plumbing repairs.
Plaintiff tenant sued landlord for rent paid over a 4 year tenancy, alleging that defendant illegally collected rent due to the fact that her guest house was unpermitted.
Dispute in which plaintiff sued to remove ex-husband defendant’s name from the title to real property that was transferred to her and her then husband through her mother’s will. Defendant had a loan on the property in his name.
Unlimited jurisdiction dispute alleging treble damages and $50,000 in attorneys fees in a case involving alleged bad faith refusal to return a $12,000 security deposit.
Numerous habitability disputes involving claims by apartment and guest house tenants relating to various defective conditions, including vermin, insect infestation, noisiness and improperly working electricity and plumbing.
Numerous disputes involving the lease of residential property in which tenants fail to pay rent due to loss of job, imprisonment, domestic partnership separations and/or relocation. Issues typically involved whether the landlord properly mitigated damages, whether the withholding of a security deposit return was proper, and the arrangement of payment plans when money is admittedly owed on a lease.