City Attorney Dennis Herrera has filed suit against an Oakland, Calif.-based franchisee of Instant Tax Service for a host of illegal business practices that defrauded low-income taxpayers throughout California. In a 16-page civil complaint filed in San Francisco Superior Court on Nov. 19, Herrera alleges that one-time Instant Tax franchisee Kebron Daniel engaged in tax preparation and loan-making schemes that routinely skimmed profligate fees from refunds owed to unsuspecting taxpayers -- pocketing fees of as much as $1,500 for loans as small as $50.
Said Herrera: "There may be a special place in Hell for those who rob low-income families, but until then I'm grateful for tough consumer protection laws that allow us to aggressively pursue wrongdoers like Kebron Daniel for every dollar he's defrauded from taxpayers. Even in the context of the hundreds of cases my office has taken on to fight wage and benefit theft, arbitration fraud, payday lender scams and more, this company's extortionate greed is breathtaking. It's an illegal business that preys on low-income families, robbing them of the modest tax credit federal law authorizes to improve their means."
City Attorney Dennis Herrera is appealing an Oct. 21 decision by a federal judge invalidating recent amendments to a city ordinance that sought to mitigate the daunting financial harms facing San Franciscans who are evicted under the state Ellis Act. "There should be no doubt that when a landlord evicts a rent-controlled tenant, the immense rent increase the tenant faces is the direct result of the landlord's decision to evict," Herrera said. "The district court's decision is contrary to cases interpreting the U.S. Constitution. San Francisco is facing a housing affordability crisis that's historically unprecedented, and our tenant relocation law serves a legitimate and lawful public purpose in helping tenants to adjust to the loss of rent control and mitigating the harms of displacement."
After a thirteen year battle that broke new legal ground and consumed years of work by public and private attorneys, the City and County of San Francisco along with Santa Clara County, Los Angeles County and seven other California cities and counties won a $1.1 billion judgment from the Honorable Judge James P. Kleinberg of Santa Clara Superior Court, who ruled that three manufacturers of lead-based paints are jointly liable for the cost of removing their products from homes around the state.
City Attorney Herrera has filed a class action against the State of Nevada for its controversial "patient dumping" practices -- busing hundreds of indigent people who suffer from mental health afflictions to out-of-state locations, including San Francisco, "with inadequate provisions of food and medication, and without prior arrangements for their care, housing or medical treatment upon arrival." The lawsuit is on behalf of all California localities affected by the practice.
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera is engaged in litigation against Monster Beverage Corporation for violating California law with its marketing of highly-caffeinated energy drinks to children as young as six-years-old, despite scientific findings that such products may cause "significant morbidity in adolescents" from elevated blood pressure, brain seizures, and severe cardiac events.
City Attorney Dennis Herrera has filed suit against three gun accessories companies and a gun show promoter for selling disassembled high-capacity magazines in California in violation of a state law that prohibits the sale, manufacture, or import of gun ammunition feeding devices that accept more than 10 rounds. The equipment is marketed as gun magazine "repair kits" in a barely-disguised attempt to skirt a 14-year-old California gun safety law, according to Herrera's complaint.