Partner Dan Woods teamed with the Inner City Law Center to uphold a jury verdict in favor of nine plaintiffs who sued a Los Angeles "slumlord" and won. The jury had awarded the nine plaintiffs nearly $1 million in compensatory and punitive damages and the decision was appealed. When Inner City Law Center asked Dan to handle the appeal, he prepared the written brief and then argued the appeal on September 19, 2019. On October 4, 2019, the Court of Appeal, Second District, in a unanimous decision, affirmed the judgment in full. In addition, the Court of Appeal decided to publish its opinion, in response to a request Dan made at the oral argument.
Dan commented on the decision: “This published decision is important because it helps set a precedent for recovery of punitive damages by tenants suing slumlords. I am especially pleased that the Court of Appeal decided to publish its opinion. It sends a message that the courts will not tolerate such illegal behavior and also sends a message to tenants in uninhabitable housing that the courts of California will enforce their rights.”