Tenants' Claims Against Landlords Didn't Qualify for Class Action

LVT Number: #28108

Tenants sued landlords and asked the court to designate the case as a class action. Tenants claimed rent overcharge and that landlords illegally or fraudulently engaged in a scheme to inflate rents in over 20 buildings they owned or operated. Landlords asked the court to dismiss the case without a trial. The court ruled for landlords. The case didn't qualify as a class action because the landlords were unrelated, separate entities and tenants sought to improperly impute the claimed wrongful acts of one landlord against the others without showing how they were affiliated. 

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