Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Landlords' concern-troll litigation loses. This time.

Nice California First District appellate case: RHOA v. City of Hayward slaps down an effort by a landlords' organization to defeat a habitability inspection ordinance on the phoney ground that inspections would violate the rights of tenants.

The landlords' argument was as surely mendacious concern-trolling as the infamous 1905 case of Lochner v. State of New York, which overturned a modest restriction on the working hours of bakers ("only" 60 hours per week, or 10 hours per day) in the name of protecting the bakery workers' own rights to freedom of contract.

Fortunately, this time the greedheads lost.

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