Birke v. Oakwood Worldwide, 169 Cal.App.4th 1540 (2009)

A five-year-old tenant may sue for public nuisance arising out of secondhand smoke in the public areas of an apartment complex, the Court of Appeal has held. At the same time, the court ruled in a 2-1 decision that the…

Clark v. Mazgani, 170 Cal.App.4th 1281 (2009)

A tenant may sue a landlord for violating a rent control ordinance without threatening the landlord’s free speech rights, the Court of Appeal has held. The court ruled that the anti-SLAPP suit statute, Code of Civil Procedure § 425.16, does…

$62.5 M settlement reached to promote fair housing in Westchester County

On August 10, 2009, U.S. District Judge Denise Cote approved a $62.5 million settlement agreement in a landmark action brought by the Anti-Discrimination Center (ADC) against Westchester County, New York. In a legal first, the ADC sued under the federal…

Meager TANF spreads hardship

The Legal Momentum group has put out information on the decreasing TANF benefits and the increase in hardship for families.

State food stamps options

Who is doing what where, in the world of food stamps? The Food and Nutrition Services has just published the latest state option report.

Comparing Federal Health Care Coverage Plans

The Kaiser Family Foundation has prepared two charts that compare pending federal health care coverage reform proposals in a side-by-side format. The comparisons include descriptions of how each proposal would expand current public programs including Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s…