On 9/3/14, a class action lawsuit was filed against Equity Residential (EQR), one of the nation’s largest landlords, for charging unlawful and excessive late fees to tenants in California. EQR owns or manages over 25,000 rental units throughout California. On 10/23/17, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California certified the case as a class action, and authorized the sending of class notice. The tenants are represented by GBDH and co-counsel Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto and Nicholas & Tomasevic, LLP. Read a copy of the complaint and the class certification order below.