ALDERLAW REPRESENTS LOW-INCOME HOUSING TENANTS AGAINST SLUMLORD IN PRO BONO CASE
Mike Alder, trial attorney and managing partner of AlderLaw, PC has taken on a notable Los Angeles slumlord case pro bono. Assisted by AlderLaw attorney Alexis Domb and co-counsel Catherine Wagner Calderaro from the Inner City Law Center, Mr. Alder represents nine inner-city plaintiffs in a case involving unsanitary, unsafe, and unlivable conditions. Mr. Alder’s clients were living in decrepit, uninhabitable units that the landlord had illegally subdivided by splitting a duplex into twelve separate units.
According to Mr. Alder, the defendant landlord “took advantage of these people and deprived them of the most basic necessities, like water and power. Cockroaches and bedbugs roamed the property and he [the landlord] did nothing to help his rent-paying tenants” despite their numerous legitimate requests.
Mr. Alder considers the landlord’s behavior to be shockingly unacceptable and took the case on a pro bono basis because he believes that “Justice is about making the community safer”. Mr. Alder, Ms. Domb, and the Inner City Law Center are suing the defendant landlord for rent abatement, emotional distress and punitive damages.
The case, William Garcia, et al. v. Reijo Myllyla, et al., will be heard at Stanley Mosk Courthouse, Dept. 71. Trial began on Thursday, April 19, 2018 and will continue through the following week.
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