Son joins suit by Burlingame woman, 97, who fought eviction

March 23, 2016
San Francisco Chronicle

The son of a 97-year-old Burlingame woman who died in March after being ordered to vacate the home she’d lived in for 66 years has signed onto a lawsuit against her landlord.

Gary Hatch, 74, filed a motion Tuesday in San Mateo County Superior Court to be the successor in the suit. His mother, Marie Hatch, filed her legal actionwith the law firm of Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy six days before she died at home of natural causes following a bad cold.

The firm was continuing to pursue the suit on behalf of the Hatch family. The filing by the woman’s only son, who also lives on the Peninsula, clarifies his standing in the case.

The lawsuit contends breach of contract, elder abuse and intentional infliction of emotional distress by the landlord, David Kantz. According to Hatch, three generations of women who owned the cottage she lived in promised her she could stay there for life, and Kantz — whose late wife was the last of the three women — violated that trust by hitting her with a 60-day eviction notice in February.

Attorney Nanci Nishimura called the order “outrageous,” and contends that Hatch’s death was hastened by the stress of receiving an order to leave her longtime home... (To read the entire article, please click HERE)