Perez v. Public Storage

Perez v Public Storage Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Why did I get this notice?
  2. What is the Lawsuit about?
  3. Why is this a class action?
  4. Who is included in the Class?
  5. Who represents the Class?
  6. What are your rights and options as a Class member?
  7. How to exclude yourself from the Class
  8. How to obtain further information
  1. Why did I get this notice?

    The Court authorized this notice because you have a right to know about the Lawsuit and about your legal rights and options as they pertain to the Lawsuit. This notice explains the Lawsuit and your legal rights as a Class member.
    Judge Carolyn B. Kuhl, of the Superior Court of California for the County of Los Angeles, presides over this Lawsuit. This Lawsuit is styled Perez v. Public Storage, No. BC611584. The people who sued, Carolina Perez, Paulina Cardona, Guilliana Amico and Richard Mojica, are called the “Plaintiffs.” The Defendant is Public Storage, a Maryland Real Estate Investment Trust.

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  2. What is the Lawsuit about?

    The Lawsuit involves the self-storage insurance sold at Public Storage’s California facilities.  The Lawsuit alleges Public Storage led tenants to believe that they had to purchase insurance through Public Storage, and concealed from its tenants that they had other options to fulfill the requirement in their lease that they have insurance. The Plaintiffs allege that this violated California’s Unfair Competition Law (“UCL”). Public Storage denies that it said or did anything unfair, unlawful or fraudulent, and asserts that it fully complied with all applicable laws.
    This Lawsuit does not impact whether your Public Storage insurance coverage is in effect or not.
    The Court has not decided whether the Plaintiffs or Public Storage are correct. By establishing the Class and authorizing this notice, the Court is not suggesting that the Plaintiffs will win or lose this case. The Plaintiffs must prove their claims at trial.

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  3. Why is this a class action?

    In a class action, one or more people called class representatives (in this case, four Public Storage tenants who purchased the self-storage tenant insurance offered at Public Storage) sue on behalf of people who have similar claims. All of the people who have claims similar to the class representative are members of the Class, except for those who timely exclude themselves from the Class.

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  4. Who is included in the Class?

    The Court certified the Lawsuit as a class action based on the Class’ claim that Public Storage violated California’s Unfair Competition Law, Business & Professions Code § 17200 and following.

    The Class is defined as:
    All persons who rented storage units from Public Storage within the state of California and who purchased self-storage insurance policies on the same date through Public Storage between February 3, 2012 and February 8, 2016.
    Excluded from the Class are: (1) Defendant and any entity in which Defendant has a controlling interest or which has a controlling interest in Defendants; (2) Defendant’s legal representatives, assigns, and successors; and (3) the judge(s) to whom this case is assigned and any member of the judge’s immediate family.

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  5. Who represents the Class?

    The following law firms and attorneys have been certified by the Court as Class counsel:

    William M. Audet
    Steven R. Weinmann
    David Kuang 
    Audet & Partners, LLP
    711 Van Ness Avenue
    San Francisco, CA 94102

    Brad N. Baker
    Albro L. Lundy, III
    Baker, Burton & Lundy, P.C.
    515 Pier Avenue
    Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

    Gillian L. Wade

    Sara D. Avila 
    Marc A. Castaneda 
    Milstein Jackson
    Fairchild & Wade, LLP
    10250 Constellation Blvd., 14th Fl.
    Los Angeles, CA 90067

    Dale E. Washington
    Law Office Of Dale E. Washington 
    4470 W. Sunset Blvd., Suite 90094 
    Los Angeles, CA 90027

    Raymond V. Zakari 
    Zakari Law, APC
    310 South Vermont Avenue
    Glendora, CA 91741

     

    These attorneys will represent you as part of the Class unless you choose to hire your own attorney. You have the right to hire your own attorney at your own expense. Class counsel represents the Class on a contingency basis and will only receive attorneys’ fees and reimbursement of their expenses if there is a recovery for the Class and the Court awards fees and costs.

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  6. What are your rights and options as a Class member?

    If you want to be a member of the Class, you do not need to take any action. If you are a Class member, you will be bound by any judgment, favorable or unfavorable, in this Lawsuit. This means that you will participate in any settlement or favorable judgment in the Lawsuit, but you will give up any rights to sue Public Storage separately for the same legal claim at issue in this Lawsuit.

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  7. How to exclude yourself from the Class

    If you DO NOT wish to remain in the Class, then you must make your request to be excluded by clicking here and completing an online form requesting to be excluded or by sending a request in writing to:


    Perez v. Public Storage

    P.O. Box 404075

    Louisville, KY 40233-4075


    postmarked no later than October 1, 2018.
    If you request exclusion on behalf of anyone other than yourself, you must describe your legal authority to make this request. If you exclude yourself from the Class, you will not participate in any settlement or favorable judgment in the Lawsuit but you also will not be bound by an unfavorable judgment. Requesting exclusion from the Class is the only way to pursue your own lawsuit against the Defendant for the alleged claims. Otherwise, the Class representative will pursue these claims for you and the other members of the Class.

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  8. How to obtain further information

     If you need additional information about the Lawsuit, you should visit the website www.PublicStorageCAInsuranceLawsuit.com for periodic updates, or, if you cannot find the information you need here, write to Class counsel at the addresses and phone numbers above.

     

    The pleadings and other records in this Lawsuit, including copies of the operative Complaint and the Class Certification Order, may also be examined during regular office hours at the offices of the Superior Court of California for the County of Los Angeles, located at 312 North Spring Street, Los Angeles, California 90012. Please do not contact the Court or the Defendant Public Storage with questions regarding the Lawsuit.

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