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Recent Litigation

In re SRO Hotel, San Francisco Superior Court, Ongoing Litigation

We represent more than 20 Plaintiffs in a suit against their landlord due to the failure to make repairs, failure to pay relocation benefits and improper construction.

In re SRO Hotel, San Francisco Superior Court, Ongoing Litigation

We represent more than 20 Plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit against their landlord for the failure to make repairs.

Confidential v. Scott, San Francisco Superior Court, Settlement, March 2012, $62,000, Affirmative Suit Pending
Plaintiff’s Counsel:  Steven Adair MacDonald, MacDonald and Associates
Defendants’ Counsel:  Mark Hooshmand, Hooshmand Law Group
Third Party Counsel: Joseph Tobener, Tobener Law


Our clients were sued on the basis of nuisance, which is a ground on which many landlords improperly sue.   The landlord attempted to claim that our clients were interfering with other tenants despite the fact that the landlord had called them “model tenants”.  We vigorously defended our clients, a husband and wife couple with a new born.  As a result we were able to negotiate a very favorable settlement while preserving our right to sue.  We have now filed an affirmative lawsuit on behalf of our clients for emotional distress and related damages for the landlord’s violation of the San Francisco Rent Ordinance and California Law.


Confidential v. Confidential, San Francisco Court, January 2012
Plaintiff Counsel: Andrew Zacks, Ron Schivo, Ryan Patterson, Zacks Freedman
Defense Counsel: Mark Hooshmand, Hooshmand Law Group

The Plaintiff Landlord attempted to evict a family who had a pit bull in their apartment named Danger.  This case went to a jury trial and the jury rendered a verdict in our favor against the Plaintiff allowing our clients to remain in their rent controlled apartment with Danger. Plaintiff relied on an expert, Dr. Benjamin Hart, to attempt to state that all pit bulls are inherently dangerous.  We were very lucky and thankful to have Dr. Jennifer Scarlett, Co-President of the San Francisco SPCA, appear on our clients’ behalf to testify that each of Dr. Hart’s assertions were incorrect.  We owe significant thanks to Dr. Scarlett.  Volunteer and donate to your local SPCA.

Confidential v. Confidential, San Francisco Court, January 2012, Settlement, $117,500
Plaintiff Counsel: Insurance Counsel
Defense Counsel: Mark Hooshmand, Michael Smith, Hooshmand Law Group

We defended a husband and wife from eviction.  The landlord had claimed that our clients committed nuisances in the building.  The landlord brought many of the tenants to the Court in an attempt to try to overwhelm our clients.  The case was heard by a Judge who entered judgment for our clients.  After we obtained judgment for our clients, we sued the landlord for wrongful eviction resulting in a settlement of $117,500.

Confidential v. Confidential, San Francisco Court, December 2011
Plaintiff’s Counsel: Cindy Lee
Defendants’ Counsel:  Mark Hooshmand, Christopher Boldig, Hooshmand Law Group

The Plaintiff moved to evict our client after our client complained about the need for repairs in her unit.  We received a jury verdict in our client’s favor.

Confidential v. Confidential, San Francisco Court, November 2011
Plaintiff’s Counsel:  David Wasserman, Wasserman Stern, Karen Uchiyama
Defendants’ Counsel:  Mark Hooshmand, Michael Smith, Hooshmand Law Group

The Plaintiff is attempting to evict a tenant from a rent controlled apartment in San Francisco.  The Plaintiff obtained a default judgment against our client while they were not represented.  After we became involved we immediately moved to set aside the judgment and the Court granted our motion.  Plaintiff then moved to disqualify us as counsel for our client.  The Court denied Plaintiff’s motion.  In the interim the landlord wrongfully rented to a new tenant.

Confidential v. Confidential, San Francisco Court, October 2011
Plaintiff’s Counsel:  Karen Uchiyama
Defendants’ Counsel:  Mark Hooshmand, Hooshmand Law Group

The Plaintiff, a landlord in San Francisco, moved to evict our client for non-payment for rent.  Our client retained us and we vigorously defendant our client and discovered that the City had cited the owner for problems in the unit.  After we became involved the Plaintiff then dismissed the lawsuit.  We then discovered that the entire building had severe mold problems and we filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of the tenants in the building.

Sukhdevji Patel v. Confidential, San Francisco Superior Court, 2011
Plaintiff’s Counsel:  Michael Hall, Andres Sanchez, MC Hall and Associates
Defendants’ Counsel: Mark Hooshmand, Christopher Boldig, Hooshmand Law Group

We represented multiple tenants living at the New Pacific Hotel.  After obtaining settlements for our clients we filed an affirmative lawsuit to recover damages for our clients.

Confidential v. Confidential, San Francisco Superior Court
Settlement, $150,000, August 1, 2011

We filed a lawsuit on behalf of a tenant in San Francisco where a landlord first threatened to evict her and then claimed that they would use the Ellis Act to remove the building from the rental market.  Though the landlord ultimately did Ellis Act the building, we were able to obtain a favorable result for our client.

Confidential v. Confidential, San Francisco Superior Court
Settlement, $125,000, October 15, 2010

We settled a case on behalf of a husband and wife in which their landlord and unlicensed contractor routinely violated their right of privacy and quiet enjoyment.

Sean McKean v. Stephen Lawrence, Sophie Gasparatos dba SP Properties, San Francisco Superior Court
Settlement, $650,000, September 1, 2010

We settled a lawsuit on behalf of two tenants against their building manager and the owner of the building due to a campaign of harassment in an effort to retaliate against lawful requests for repairs.  The landlord allowed her property manager to take numerous improper actions against the tenants over a number of years.  We continued to persevere against the landlord’s actions and ultimately prevailed.

Confidential v. Confidential, San Francisco Superior Court
Judgment and Attorneys Fees: $294,000, August 2010

We won a jury trial on behalf of two couples who were subjected to harassment by the owner’s unlicensed agent. Their agent intended to cause our clients to vacate so that the apartments could be rented for a higher amount in violation of Section 37.9 of the San Francisco Rent Ordinance.

Confidential v. Confidential, San Francisco Superior Court, 2009
Settlement following Jury Verdict at Trial: $130,000

We represented two tenants who were removed from their leasehold by landlord self-help.  Without honoring the written lease with our clients, the landlord changed the locks and discarded their belongings.  We obtained damages for emotional distress, compensation for lost income, and wrongful disposal of irreplaceable personal belongings.  At trial the Defendants settled for $130,000.

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