October 10, 2008
Woodland Park Management Prevails in Motion to Have Case Moved to San Mateo County; Motion to Deny Collection of Lawful Rents Will Have to Be Heard There
Woodland Park Management L.L.C. announced today that the Santa Clara County Superior Court approved the company's motion for a venue change for a class action lawsuit claiming that Woodland Park Management is violating the East Palo Alto rent control ordinance because of its corporate structure. The decision by Judge Kevin Murphy means that the case will be moved to San Mateo County Superior Court because the case concerns property in East Palo Alto, which is in San Mateo County.
Judge Murphy also refused to rule on the plaintiff's motion for a preliminary injunction because they filed the case in the wrong county. The motion asked the Court to prevent Woodland Park Management from collecting any rent on apartments in buildings with four or fewer units. Accordingly, the company will be allowed to continue collecting lawfully authorized rents at the buildings included in the lawsuit, all of which have four or fewer apartment units, and the plaintiffs will have to re-file their motion in San Mateo County Superior Court.
The lawsuit relates to approximately 43 of the approximately 1,700 apartment units that Woodland Park Management manages in East Palo Alto.
"We are pleased with the court's decision," said David Taran, Woodland Park Management's chief executive officer. "In addition to this lawsuit challenging our corporate structure, our legal dispute with the City of East Palo Alto over the interpretation of its Rent Stabilization Ordinance is also being heard in San Mateo County. So far, six judges in San Mateo County have ruled in our favor in our disputes with the City of East Palo Alto, and we are confident that we will continue to prevail in this venue on both cases."
About Woodland Park Management
Woodland Park Management manages approximately 1,700 apartment units in the Woodland Park neighborhood of East Palo Alto, Calif. As the city's largest housing provider, Woodland Park Management is investing more than $11 million into its properties to provide residents with cleaner and safer homes.