Via a news release through Globe Newswire, the Lowey Dannenberg law firm has announced an ‘investigation’ into antitrust activities by nine manufactured home community owner/operators which are routinely members of the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) and/or MHI linked state association(s). The firms involved in the Lowey Dannenberg probe are Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc. (ELS), Hometown America Management LLC, Lakeshore Communities, Inc., Sun Communities, Inc. (SUI), RHP Properties, Inc., YES! Communities, Inc., Inspire Communities, LLC, Kingsley Management Corp., and Cal-Am Properties, Inc. In Part I of this report and expert analysis is the bulk of the Lowey Dannenberg press release. Part II is additional information with more Masthead editorial analysis and commentary on MHProNews.
Lowey Dannenberg Investigates Antitrust Claims on Behalf of Owners of Manufactured Homes
September 25, 2023 15:05 ET| Source: Lowey Dannenberg, P.C.
NEW YORK, Sept. 25, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Lowey Dannenberg P.C., a preeminent law firm in obtaining redress for consumers and investors, is investigating claims that nine owners of manufactured home communities shared non-public, competitively sensitive information about manufactured home lot rental prices and occupancy throughout the United States, and collectively raised prices on manufactured home lot rentals in violation of the antitrust laws.
The nine manufactured home community owners are:
- Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc.
- Hometown America Management LLC
- Lakeshore Communities, Inc.
- Sun Communities, Inc.
- RHP Properties, Inc.
- YES! Communities, Inc.
- Inspire Communities, LLC
- Kingsley Management, Corp.
- Cal-Am Properties, Inc.
If you own a manufactured home in a community owned by these companies, and paid rent for the lot that you live on between September 2019 and the present, please contact Nicole Veno at email@example.com or (914) 733-7286.
About Lowey Dannenberg
Lowey Dannenberg is a national firm representing institutional and individual investors, who suffered financial losses resulting from corporate fraud and malfeasance in violation of federal securities and antitrust laws. The firm has significant experience in prosecuting multi-million-dollar lawsuits and has previously recovered billions of dollars on behalf of investors.
Lowey Dannenberg P.C.
44 South Broadway, Suite 1100
White Plains, NY 10601
Tel: (914) 733-7286
Part II – Additional Information with More Masthead Editorial Analysis and Commentary in Brief
So, Lowey Dannenberg launched this “investigation” less than a month after a big class action lawsuit was launched by DiCello Levitt, Hausfeld, and Myron M. Cherry & Associates on behalf of plaintiffs Carla Hajek and Gregory Hammerlund against Defendants’ Datacomp Appraisal Systems, Inc. (“Datacomp”), Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc. (“ELS”), Hometown America Management, L.L.C. (“Hometown America”), Lakeshore Communities, Inc. (“Lakeshore”), Sun Communities, Inc. (“Sun Communities”), RHP Properties, Inc. (“RHP”), YES! Communities, Inc. (“YES! Communities”), Inspire Communities, L.L.C. (“Inspire Communities”), Kingsley Management, Corp. (“Kingsley”) and Cal-Am Properties, Inc.’s (“Cal-Am”) (together, “Defendants”), alleging violations of federal antitrust laws and common law.
Often using the information provided by MHI, and several of the MHI members who are defendants in this case, MHProNews and our MHLivingNews sister site have argued for years that such a suit was likely.
Indeed, last year, MHProNews said that manufactured housing had become a ‘target rich environment’ because of the apparent evidence of antitrust violations by so-called predatory brands.
So, this probe by Lowey Dannenberg P.C., essentially seeking possible claimants, may the next of a wave of claims ahead which could become reminiscent of what occurred with Cavco Industries. Cavco and its former corporate leader, Joseph “Joe” Stegmayer spent millions of dollars before settling those claims.
Samuel Strommen, then with Knudson Law, laid out his evidence-based ‘case’ against several MHI members, as what follows illustrates. But note that insights from other attorneys and experts cited in that report also directly or obliquely shed light on why Strommen and the attorneys probing MHI members appear to be on solid legal ground in the claims. Strommen asserted that the evidence supports naming MHI and several of their key members in a ‘felony’ antitrust case.
These are just some of the reasons why the industry’s white hat brands should establish a bright line distinction between themselves and others in MHVille who have aligned themselves with MHI. Are more probes, by plaintiffs’ attorneys, state, or federal officials ahead? While the future is never entirely clear, there are several good reasons to think that the answer to that question is “yes.” Note that each of the linked reports provides far more detail and related evidence. Would that more plaintiffs come forward, the public officials do their part, and may justice be done. ##
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By L.A. “Tony” Kovach – for MHProNews.com.
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