Today, Hadsell Stormer Richardson & Renick, along with the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and Robert D. Newman, Attorney at Law, announced the settlement of a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the law that granted special privileges for the Farmers Field football project in downtown Los Angeles. The settlement is a tremendous victory for the people who live near the proposed stadium, most of whom are working class people of color. The agreement includes a $15 million Housing Trust Fund which will create affordable housing units in Pico-Union, South L.A. and Downtown Los Angeles. Plaintiffs also secured commitments on a wide range of other community benefits and measures, including air quality improvement projects, improvements serving bus riders, additional parks and open space, neighborhood improvement plans, a living wage for employees, the hiring of disadvantaged workers and a community team to promote health in the surrounding area.

The lawsuit and its resolution have received extensive media coverage:

LA TIMES: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/11/aeg-strikes-deal-with-coalition-suing-over-proposed-football-stadium.html

Daily News: http://www.dailynews.com/news/ci_21906844/aeg-agreement-coalition-ends-threat-nfl-stadium-development

LA Weekly: http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/2012/11/nfl_stadium_los_angeles_settlement_aeg_farmers_field_play_fair.php

CBS: http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2012/11/01/deal-on-la-stadium-lawsuit-paves-way-for-nfls-return/

KPCC: http://www.scpr.org/news/2012/11/01/34808/aeg-and-farmers-field-coalition-reach-deal-la-nfl-/

Downtown News: http://www.ladowntownnews.com/news/legal-challenge-to-stadium-plan-dropped/article_1e319734-245a-11e2-84ef-001a4bcf887a.html

NBC Sports: http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/11/01/litigation-hurdles-cleared-for-farmers-field/