Podcast: Low income tenants get free legal aid for housing court

apartment for rentA 74-year-old woman facing eviction from the one-bedroom Bronx apartment she has lived in for 30 years now has someone fighting on her side. She qualified for a first-ever program that provides free legal services to low income tenants facing eviction. NPR’s Jenifer McKim has more on the legal aid program that’s the first of its kind in America.

California attorney wins $1.6M for bed bugs in apartment

Attorney Brian Virag, Esq. of MY BED BUG LAWYER INC. just obtained a $1.6 million dollar verdict on behalf of a family of four that was exposed to bed bugs at an apartment located at 10131 Buford Ave. Inglewood, CA, 90304. This is the largest jury verdict for a single family in the History of the United States.

Plaintiffs Names: Lilliana Martinez (35), Jorge Maravilla (44), Jorge Maravilla JR, (8- minor) and Juanita Maravilla (6- minor)

Defendant: Amusement Six Apartments LLC

Case No.: BC550509

Date Complaint was filed: July 03, 2014

Verdict Reached: April 2, 2018

CASE DESCRIPTION:
On or about September 2010 Plaintiffs and Defendants entered into a standard  Residential Rental Agreement for the apartment located at10131 Buford Ave. Inglewood, CA, 90304. Not long after moving in, plaintiffs experienced rashes, noticed a bed bug infestation and immediately complained to management and agents of Defendants, who did not effectively remediate the problem. Despite Plaintiffs’ persistent complaints about the infestations, Defendants responded ineffectively and the problems continued.The bed bugs were in the Plaintiff’s beds, furniture, and clothing. The bed bugs latched onto the Plaintiffs while they slept and sucked their blood until they were gorged.Plaintiffs suffered from numerous bites/rashes, which caused pain, discomfort, annoyance, sleeplessness, inconvenience, humiliation, anxiety,scarring and severe emotional distress. The youngest plaintiff was just months old when this was occurring.

TRIAL:

Trial began on March 19, 2018 and concluded on April 2, 2018.

VERDICT AMOUNT:
$1,603,000.00