Successful Resolution of Real Estate Dispute At Trial After Opening Statements

After opening statements on the first day of trial, the parties successfully reached a settlement in a real estate dispute. Plaintiff and defendant were co-owners of real property where the defendant resided. Haight represented the defendant, who had a right of first refusal to purchase the property in the event the property was listed for sale. Plaintiff sued the defendant seeking a partition and attorneys’ fees because defendant refused to vacate the property and pay alleged “back rent” to plaintiff. At trial, Haight demonstrated plaintiff’s unwillingness to inspect, repair, and list the property for sale such that defendant could exercise its right of first refusal, and that defendant did not owe any back rent. The litigation resolved with defendant retaining the property as their personal residence and obtaining full ownership by buying out plaintiff’s interest at market value.