As recently reported by the LA Times/Daily Pilot and the Daily Journal 
PLC Lawsuit Over Costa Mesa Motel Ordinance Heads to Trial
On Monday at the Volunteers for Justice Dinner, you heard about our case on behalf of the Costa Mesa Motel Residents Association. Our Law Firm of the Year, Haynes and Boone, LLP, has provided over 3500 pro bono hours on this case. Just yesterday,  Orange County Superior Court Judge Sheila Fell denied Costa Mesa attorneys' request for a judgment in the case without trial, paving the way for the matter to head to a jury as early as September.
LA Times/Daily Pilot  Coverage

As reported by Bradley Zint of the LA Times
" The case, filed in Superior Court in 2014, contends that the City Council's adoption of a law earlier that year limiting motels' ability to house tenants for more than 30 days within a 60-day period violates state and federal housing and disability laws.

The suit was filed by a group called the Costa Mesa Motel Residents Assn. with help from the Public Law Center, a Santa Ana-based firm that provides free legal services to nonprofits and low-income residents in Orange County."

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Arnold Pinkston presents award to Mark Erickson of Haynes and Boone, LLP. Photo Credit: Laurel Hungerford 
Orange County's Affordable Housing Crisis

Recognizing their work to combat Orange County's affordable housing crisis, PLC honored the Orange County office of Haynes and Boone, LLP as the Law Firm of the Year at Monday's Volunteers for Justice Dinner. 

Since 2014, Haynes and Boone has co-counseled with PLC representing the Costa Mesa Motel Residents Association, a group of low- income and homeless residents of Costa Mesa. The City of Costa Mesa enacted an ordinance prohibiting individuals from staying at a motel for longer than 30 days at a time. This action directly impacts vulnerable individuals and families who rely on extended-stay motels as last-resort housing and a place to live where their children may remain in school. Haynes and Boone has already volunteered over 3,000 hours on the case, which is now scheduled to go to trial later this year.