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The Recorder interviews Gary Lafayette about defense verdict in the article “Honeywell Loses $10.5M Suit Against City Housing”: A federal jury on Monday deliberated just two hours before siding with the San Francisco Housing Authority in a $10.5 million suit brought by Honeywell Inc. The 3-year-old case challenged the housing authority’s contention that Morristown, N.J.-based
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A former high ranking staff attorney for the San Francisco Housing Authority whose contract wasn’t renewed says the troubled city agency discriminates against white lawyers and favors African Americans. According to the lawyer, Joel Blackman of Fairfax, 51, agency director Ronnie Davis said at a staff meeting in August 1998 there were people who would
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Squalid conditions that prompted 20 low-income families to sue the Oakland Housing Authority for $1.4 million were no fault of the landlord, a jury decided yesterday. After a 26-day trial and nearly two days of deliberations, the Oakland Municipal Court panel rejected all the tenants’ claims against the authority and individual managers. Afterward, jurors told
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The Oakland Housing Authority has allowed roaches, rats and maggots to wreak havoc at the Coliseum Gardens apartment complex in East Oakland, tenants charged yesterday in court. The quality of life at the low-income complex has suffered as a result of poor maintenance by the Housing Authority, residents told an Oakland Municipal Court jury. “They
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Client praises Susan Kumagai and Gary Lafayette in a Daily Journal article regarding a defense verdict in a wrongful termination case: In the game of labor and employment litigation, it’s not often that the big companies win. Just ask Tom Maddox, vice president and deputy general counsel for American Stores Corp., one of the largest
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