After an elderly tenant is taken away on a Section 5150 hold, landlord distributes information to other tenants that invades his privacy.
$200,000.00 in non-economic damages, joint and several, against both defendants. ($100,000 past and $100,000 future.)
$625,000.00 total punitive damages against two related defendants.
Campbell & Farahani, LLP by Nima Farahani and Frances Campbell, Sherman Oaks.
Law Firm of Harold Greenberg by Harold Greenberg, Los Angeles.
Plaintiff, an 80-year-old man, was defendants’ long-time tenant. Plaintiff lived in a two-bedroom, rent-stabilized apartment unit in defendants’ 10-unit apartment building in Santa Monica.
In October 2013, following an incident in which plaintiff was taken away from his home on a Section 5150 hold, defendants notified all of their tenants regarding the situation.
Plaintiff contended that the notice given by defendants contained highly personal information, and that the notice was designed to make the other tenants fear plaintiff and encourage the tenants to participate in a letter-writing campaign that defendants could use to evict plaintiff from his apartment, which could then be rented at market rate.
Further, that after the notice was posted, plaintiff was humiliated and shunned by his neighbors.
That the alleged elder abuse, discrimination, and other claims have no factual bases. Defendants claimed that the private facts disclosed by them to tenants were actually made available to defendants by the police and fire departments.
Further, that plaintiff suffered no harm; that the alleged shunning did not occur because the other tenants never socially interacted with plaintiff before the incident.