BASTA Announces Settlement of Arellano v. Koltai

Los Angeles County Superior Court
Case No. BC347852

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 13 — “Plaintiffs’ attorneys Daniel J. Bramzon and Albert Robles of BASTA, a Los Angeles based public benefit corporation specializing in tenants’ rights, has announced the settlement of a class action on behalf of a group of tenants who resided at the Vendome Apartment building located at 975 North Vendome Street in Los Angeles.

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Class Action / Multi-party Litigation

Arellano, et al. v. Koltai, et al., LASC case no. BC347852

Represented tenants from a small apartment building in Silverlake made untenantable by fire a couple of days before Christmas 2005.  The property was exempt from any rent control laws.  BASTA obtained certification of a limited class, and, after nine months, settled the case at mediation for the tenants’ statutorily required relocation fees totaling approximately $193,500.  Resolved in 2006.

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Fighting for tenants’ rights

More than three years ago, Daniel J. Bramzon left big firm life to found the nonprofit BASTA, Inc., to fight for tenants’ rights.

Since then, he has witnessed the ugly side of landlord-tenant disputes.

“Our attorneys have been offered $50,000 bribes,” Bramzon told USC Law students Feb. 27. “Our attorneys have been imprisoned. Our attorneys have been assaulted while … examining properties.