United States District Court, S.D. Texas
FINDINGS OF FACT
N. Hughes, United States District Judge
Brooke Adams and Weston Piper leased a townhouse at 726 North
Shepherd Drive, Houston, Texas 77007, on February 15, 2017,
for one year. The landlord was Fan Chen; Ruikun Tao was the
property manager. Chen and Tao are married.
lease allowed Adams and Piper 1:0 have a dog. They did. For
it, they paid a $250 pet deposit. On December 4, 2017, Adams
and Piper brought a second dog into the house for Adams's
Adams had been diagnosed with menial health complications
before she got the emotional support animal. On December 6,
2017, Adams gave Chen a copy of the second dog's
emotional-support certificate. Although she was not obliged
to supply a deposit for a service animal, Adams offered to
pay a second pet deposit for this new dog. Through Tao, Chen
rejected this offer.
December 7, 2017, Chen posted a notice to vacate on the door
of the townhouse. On December 20, 2017. he posted a second
notice to vacate.
December 22, 2017, an eviction lawsuit was filed by Chen
against Adams and Piper. It was sent to mediation.
December 31, 2017, Adams and Piper moved from the townhouse.
filed a second eviction lawsuit on January 17, 2018 - 18 days
after the tenants vacated. It was dismissed as moot.
and Tao set about a cluster of mean, irrational attacks on
their former tenants. Chen's law firm - Nguyen
(7 Chen, L.L.P. - was the vehicle for some. Under
oath, Chen said that a lawyer at his firm billed Chen $975.00
in fees and costs for the first eviction suit that had one
hearing and an order to mediate. While that suit was pending,
Chen billed himself $8, 997.28 in legal fees for the second
suit that was dismissed - on the same day that it was filed -
as wholly duplicative of the initial suit.
paid a broker $2, 500 to find a tenant. The broker found one
immediately and the new tenant moved into the townhouse on
January 19, 2018, at the same rate.
Chen and Tao did not reasonably accommodate Adams's
mental health needs. To the contrary of anything suggesting
accommodation, buttressed by some personal delusion, Tao
launched a despicable campaign tormenting Adams and Piper as
well as those who were associated with Adams. Chen cravenly
supported her through the trial.
Despite having found new tenants, Chen and Tao continued
their malevolent character assassination against Adams and
Piper by (a) accusing, and threatening to sue, people who had
photographed Adams in the townhouse of copyright violations;
(b) filing grievances against the nurse who wrote the first
health note for the second dog; (c) te ling people whose
products she had been hired to sponsor that she had cheated
on her taxes, abused her children, and was a drunk; and (d)
told her new landlord that she was all of these things.
the copyright letter, Tao took a letter from their outside
counsel and doctored it to be her copyright claim. She used
his letterhead and his signature, but the text was pure Tao.
April 26, 2019, Chen and Tao filed a fraudulent report with
the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
accusing Adams and Piper of sexually abusing their children.
The grounds were that she had posted a picture of her bathing
her infant, and that they were using drugs and alcohol around
the children. Her knowledge of drunkenness was that, in one
picture Adams had posted, she is shown holding a glass cf
wine. The report also included frivolous allegations of
prostitution, drug trafficking, and tax evasion. The TDFPS
case worker's investigation ...