A Guide to Righteous and Wrongful Evictions in California (Audio Only)

Produced on: January 30, 2018

Course Format On Demand Audio Audio Only

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Course Description

Time 61 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

This program discusses the topic of wrongful eviction in California. It will provide an  overview of the typical causes of actions under state law and local ordinances, and the types of common claims that arise such as owner move-in sham, constructive eviction due to habitability, and retaliatory eviction.

The speakers, San Francisco landlord-tenant attorneys Lan Fullerton and Jethro Busch, will also provide practical guidance as to common issues related to: defenses, burdens of proof, definitions for “dominant motive” and “bad faith”, how to maximize/minimize damages, the measure of damages, and insurance related issues. They will also provide practical strategy tactics and tips.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify when an eviction is wrongful under state and local law, the causes of actions for, and types of claims related to the same
  2. Review defenses to wrongful eviction
  3. Discuss common issues and practical solutions related to litigating wrongful eviction lawsuits


Lan Fullerton

Steven Adair MacDonald & Partners, P.C.

Lan Nguyen Fullerton is an associate at Steven Adair MacDonald & Partners, P.C. Lan’s practice has focused on residential property disputes including landlord/tenant, co-ownership, and HOA/CCRs/TIC litigation. Lan also serves as litigation counsel to a nationwide underwriting corporation. Lan graduated from Golden Gate University School of Law, where she received her J.D. with Certificates of Specialization in Real Estate Law and Litigation. She also serves as a member of the Golden Gate University Alumni Board of Directors.  

Jethro Busch

Steven Adair MacDonald & Partners

Jethro S. Busch is a partner at the San Francisco law firm of Steven Adair MacDonald & Partners, P.C., where his areas of practice include landlord/tenant and civil litigation. Mr. Busch received his B.A. degree from the University of California at Berkeley and his J.D. degree from Tulane University, and served for five years on the Executive Committee of the State Bar Real Property Law Section. He has spoken for various business and professional groups. Mr. Busch has written on landlord-tenant topics, most recently for the California Real Property Journal. He is a member of the State Bar of California (member, Real Property Law Section; former co-chair, Landlord/Tenant Subsection) and the Bars for the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. He can be reached at 415-956-6488, or jbusch@samlaw.net.


Allan C.

Very good

Robin E.

This was a great program. Even with my years of experience in this area of law, I learned a few new things!

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