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Adams v. Chen

United States District Court, S.D. Texas

June 14, 2019

Brooke Adams, et al., Plaintiffs,
v.
Fan Chen, et al., Defendants.

          FINDINGS OF FACT

          Lynn N. Hughes, United States District Judge

         1. 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.

         2. The 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 emotional support.

         3. 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.

         4. On 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.

         5. On December 22, 2017, an eviction lawsuit was filed by Chen against Adams and Piper. It was sent to mediation.

         6. On December 31, 2017, Adams and Piper moved from the townhouse.

         7. Chen filed a second eviction lawsuit on January 17, 2018 - 18 days after the tenants vacated. It was dismissed as moot.

         8. Chen 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.

         9. Chen 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.

         10. 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.

         11. 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.

         12. For 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.

         13. On 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 ...


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