Marina del Rey Properties Ltd., the development company that holds the master lease for Marina City Club, has been allowed to join the county in the legal defense of their controversial plan to sell 81-year leases on 600 apartments in the club's high-rise towers.
In a hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court, Judge Warren Deering allowed the action, according to Bruce R. Lederman of Latham & Watkins, the Los Angeles law firm representing the developer.
The Marina City Club Residents Assn. claimed in the lawsuit that Latham & Watkins had been improperly assisting the county in fighting the suit. It claimed that the law firm had a "direct and substantial conflict with the public interest" in representing the developer in the $150-million deal.
Robert W. Rodolf, deputy county counsel, responded that it was appropriate that the development company and its attorneys be involved because they are partners with the county in the long-term leasing plan. The lawsuit should have named the developer as a party of interest in the first place, he said.