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January 21, 1994 | DEBORA VRANA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Three housing developers filed a $10-million suit against the Irvine Co., charging fraud and negligence regarding a Tustin property on which the developers were trying to build 55 single-family homes in 1990. Filed in Orange County Superior Court in Santa Ana Tuesday, the suit accuses the Irvine Co. of failing to disclose environmental and legal problems impacting the Tustin Ranch property. The suit was filed by San Remo, an Irvine partnership, Cameo Homes in Newport Beach, Glencrest Inc.
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September 1, 2001 | SEEMA MEHTA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A San Diego Superior Court judge reversed her earlier ruling Friday by reinstating much of the Bolsa Chica mesa developer's lawsuit against the California Coastal Commission. "We're pleased with the judge's ruling," said Lucy Dunn, executive vice president of developer Hearthside Homes. Hearthside and landowner Signal Landmark, a sister company, sued the commission over a November decision that restricted development to 1,235 homes on the upper portion of a 230-acre two-tier mesa.
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January 31, 1993 | BOB ELSTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Even on a rainy day, Joe Sinsangkeo can gaze out the window of his son's bedroom and see down the coastal bluff to the ocean. But if he shifts his gaze down to the floor of his condominium, the carpet is sopping wet and the walls bubble with watermarks. Three years ago, Sinsangkeo, 35, bought this "dream home" perched on an oceanfront bluff in the exclusive gated community of Laguna Sur Villas in Laguna Niguel.
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June 28, 2000 | DOUG SMITH, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
The Los Angeles Unified School District filed a civil lawsuit Tuesday, charging developers of the abandoned Belmont Learning Complex with submitting millions of dollars in excessive billings and failing to complete work the district paid them for. The lawsuit names the project's developer, Temple Beaudry Partners, as well as two major construction firms that formed the development partnership--Los Angeles-based Turner Construction and a U.S.
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May 29, 1996 | LISA LEFF, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A group of Sherman Oaks homeowners who sued an Encino developer after their nearly new luxury condominiums and townhouses suffered roof leaks, burst pipes and sagging floors have won a $5-million settlement. The agreement, which was finalized Tuesday, settles a $12-million lawsuit that the Chandler Park Village Home Owners Assn. brought nearly four years ago against E & E Development and Investment Corp., the company that built the 214-unit complex on Chandler Boulevard.
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October 28, 1999 | THAO HUA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Six years after a landslide forced dozens of families to flee their Anaheim Hills dream homes, city officials and others have settled the last in the resulting series of lawsuits, paying out more than $19 million in all in the aftermath of the disaster. Nearly 250 families sued Anaheim and others involved with the housing development endangered by the January 1993 Santiago landslide.
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March 15, 2000 | By TRACI ISAACS,
About 100 residents descended on Fillmore City Hall on Tuesday to protest the city's recent settlement of a lawsuit against Newhall Land & Farming Co. Residents blasted city officials for accepting $300,000 from Newhall Land to offset traffic impacts in exchange for dropping out of a lawsuit by Ventura County against the company's proposed housing development.
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April 2, 1996 | JON D. MARKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has cut by nearly two-thirds the amount that a state parkland agency and a local water district must pay to a home-building company for depriving it of a chance to buy a large tract of land near Westlake Village. Judge Madeleine I. Flier ordered a jury's $11.2-million award to Village Properties reduced to $4.2 million.
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August 16, 1995
CONDO CONTROVERSY: Attorneys for two groups of developers being sued over allegedly selling poorly built condos acknowledged that there are structural problems at the Glendale complex but attempted to shift the blame in their opening statements Tuesday.
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June 1, 1995 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Westside businessman agreed Wednesday to turn over about $30 million in assets and pay $580,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging a massive land-fraud scheme in the Antelope Valley. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ernest Hiroshige approved the settlement Wednesday, ending a suit that named developer Marshall Redman, three of his real estate companies and 10 others accused of selling desert land to unwitting investors, most of them Latinos.
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March 15, 2000 | By TRACI ISAACS,
About 100 residents descended on Fillmore City Hall on Tuesday to protest the city's recent settlement of a lawsuit against Newhall Land & Farming Co. Residents blasted city officials for accepting $300,000 from Newhall Land to offset traffic impacts in exchange for dropping out of a lawsuit by Ventura County against the company's proposed housing development.
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October 28, 1999 | THAO HUA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Six years after a landslide forced dozens of families to flee their Anaheim Hills dream homes, city officials and others have settled the last in the resulting series of lawsuits, paying out more than $19 million in all in the aftermath of the disaster. Nearly 250 families sued Anaheim and others involved with the housing development endangered by the January 1993 Santiago landslide.
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February 19, 1999 | RICHARD MAROSI
Homeowners threatened by a landslide in a neighborhood in Orange filed a class-action lawsuit Thursday against Anaheim and a developer, claiming that hazardous conditions have cost them as much as $10 million in lost property values. Lloyd Charton, attorney for the homeowners in the Vista Royale neighborhood, said homes that cost as much as $400,000 are worthless. "People are trying to sell their homes and they can't sell them," he said.
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February 11, 1999 | ROBERT OURLIAN and LESLEY WRIGHT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A judge ordered Wednesday that a reservoir be drained as part of an emergency plan to protect homeowners in Orange who live on a slope the judge said is subject to "imminent and catastrophic failure." The reservoir, in the neighboring city of Anaheim, has been a source of concern to many homeowners in the Vista Royale neighborhood because experts have predicted the likelihood of a landslide, possibly in four to six months. Judge Robert E.
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January 29, 1999 | Jason Leopold, (714) 966-5634
A $6.4-million settlement was signed Thursday by attorneys representing eight former residents of Via Estoril estates, who lost their homes in a mudslide last year, and developers J.M. Peters and Hon Development, an attorney for the homeowners said. The lawsuit against the developers was filed in 1996, two years before the landslide nearly leveled the homes. According to the suit, residents complained about problems on the property, including shifting and cracked walls.
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October 21, 1997 | JON STEINMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The residents of the Mount View Terrace condominium agreed to a $1-million settlement with the builders of the project after nearly two years of legal wrangling over the leak-prone, 35-unit complex in Montrose. The settlement, under which no party acknowledged responsibility for the damages, will be paid by the developers' insurance company, said attorneys close to the case.
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October 4, 1995
Residents of the upscale Venice Renaissance condominium complex found that money doesn't necessarily buy sturdy ceilings. Shoddy construction prompted the condo owners, more than 60 in all, to file a lawsuit last year against the developer of the complex, HLC Construction Co. This month, they won a $7.9-million settlement, according to the group's attorney, Cynthia Woollacott. Condo owners said they received their first payment last week--a whopping $1.
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May 9, 1997 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Wealthy developer George Argyros was sued Thursday by three Leisure World homeowner associations for allegedly funding a "mean-spirited" lawsuit against association board members to chill their opposition to a proposed civilian airport at El Toro Marine Corps Air Station. "We're trying to protect our freedom of speech, our health and our property values," said Robert Ring, president of the Third Laguna Hills Mutual Homeowners Assn. "With the landing pattern right over Leisure World . . .
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May 29, 1996 | LISA LEFF, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A group of Sherman Oaks homeowners who sued an Encino developer after their nearly new luxury condominiums and townhouses suffered roof leaks, burst pipes and sagging floors have won a $5-million settlement. The agreement, which was finalized Tuesday, settles a $12-million lawsuit that the Chandler Park Village Home Owners Assn. brought nearly four years ago against E & E Development and Investment Corp., the company that built the 214-unit complex on Chandler Boulevard.
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