On August 16, 2006, City Attorney Herrera filed suit against CitiApartments, Skyline Realty and a complex web of subsidiary limited liability companies for an egregious pattern of illegal business practices -- including retaliation and intimidation tactics against tenants.
The City Attorney has taken issue with what his office charges is "discovery gamesmanship" by defendants, and his office successfully obtained civil sanctions against the CitiApartments defendants in early 2010 for tactics that San Francisco Superior Court Judge John E. Munter described as "obfuscation, delay and meritless objections."
The case is ongoing, and currently remains in the process of discovery.
- Read the news release: "Herrera wins Court sanctions against CitiApartments for 'obfuscation, delay'; Landlords' defiance in the face of City Attorney's 'Herculean efforts' triggers order to cooperate with discovery, pay $50K sanction" (Feb. 2, 2010)
- Download the PDF of the City Attorney's CitiApartments Court Sanctions Presskit (Feb. 2, 2010)
- Download the PDF of the City Attorney's Third Amended Complaint for Injunctive and Other Relief (March 24, 2009)
- Download the PDF of the Joint Case Management Conference Statement (March 17, 2009)
- Download the PDF of the City Attorney's Notice of Motion and Motion for Leave to File Third Amended Complaint and MPA (Feb. 19, 2009)
- Download the PDF of the City Attorney's original Skyline Realty/CitiApartments Presskit (Aug. 16, 2006)
- Read the City Attorney's news release on the filing of the case: Herrera Sues Skyline Realty, CitiApartments for Egregious Pattern of Illegal Business Practices; One of City's Largest Residential Landlords Charged with Panoply of Lawlessness, Intimidation Tactics, Retaliation Against Residents (Aug. 16, 2006)