City Attorney Dennis Herrera today launched an outreach program to identify and compensate eligible beneficiaries of his office's settlement agreement with the Education Management Corporation, the parent company of Art Institute of California-San Francisco. Herrera's unlitigated claim centered on allegations, largely informed by his office's consumer protection investigation, that the for-profit college's marketing tactics systematically underestimated AiCA-SF's costs to students and inflated job placement figures for graduates.
Under terms of the settlement agreement, AiCA-SF agreed in June 2014 to resolve the dispute prior to litigation by paying $1.95 million to carry out the purposes of the agreement and to fully reimburse all public costs to investigate the case. The City Attorney's Office will also administer a reimbursement program for Art Institute of California-San Francisco students who graduated between 2009 and 2012, and who were unable to secure a job placement relating to their field of study within six months of graduation. Eligible graduates who received bachelor's degrees are expected to receive partial refunds of approximately $4,000 each; eligible graduates who received associate's degrees should receive partial refunds of approximately $2,000. Precise amounts will depend on the total number of beneficiaries who can be located and enrolled as participants in the program before the June 30, 2015 deadline.
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.