Welcome to the Nozzi, et al. v. Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, et al. Settlement Website
If you received a Notice, you have been identified as a Damages Class member and are eligible to receive a payment from the proposed Settlement.
What is this lawsuit about?
Nozzi, et al. (the "Plaintiffs") filed a class action lawsuit that alleges that Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, et al. (the "Defendants") reduced the Voucher Payment Standard (“VPS”) between July 2005 and July 2006 without providing adequate notice to Section 8 recipients, thereby violating various federal and state law. The VPS is the maximum monthly subsidy that supplements the amount paid by Section 8 recipients for rent and utilities. Plaintiffs allege that HACLA did not provide the required one-year notice prior to rolling back housing benefits to Section 8 recipients. Further, the information provided to Section 8 recipients was not a formal administrative notice and failed to inform recipients that their out-of-pocket rent payments would be increasing. Defendants dispute Plaintiffs’ allegations and deny all liability to Plaintiffs and the Settlement Class. The parties have agreed to resolve the lawsuit against HACLA through a settlement.
A more detailed description of this lawsuit and important court documents may be found on the Key Documents page of this website.
Who is included?
All potential Class Members were determined solely from the records of HUD and HACLA, and belong to one or more of the following Settlement Categories:
Rule 23(b)(2) "Injunctive Relief Class": All HACLA Section 8 beneficiaries who in the past received, or in the future may receive, notices of a Voucher Payment Standard decrease.
Rule 23(b)(3) "Damages Class": All HACLA Section 8 tenants, between June 1, 2005 and September 30, 2006, whose rental contribution for a period not to exceed eleven months was greater than it would have been but for the 2004 decrease to the Voucher Payment Standard.
You are a member of the Damages Class if you were a HACLA voucher participant under Section 8 beginning April 2, 2004, and paid a higher rent to your landlord than you otherwise would have paid if not for the reduced subsidy in effect during the period from July 1, 2005 through April 30, 2007. Subject to certain limitations, you could receive a reimbursement for up to 11 months that you overpaid your rent.
If you are unsure of whether you are in the Damages Class, you can contact the Settlement Administrator at 1-888-268-5894.
How do I participate in the Settlement?
The deadline to submit a claim form has passed. If you are a Settlement Class Member and you did not submit a claim or opt-out request, you are barred from suing HACLA for the claims released in this action and you will not receive a settlement check.