Homeowners association disputes can be lengthy, tedious, and sometimes frustrating for anyone in California or any other state involved in this type of disagreement. Yet even when a homeowner prevails, there are times when decisions are reversed by another court. This is what has happened with a case involving an Idaho couple initially awarded $15,000 in punitive damages and $60,000 in compensatory damages because of a dispute involving an annual Christmas lights display.
When the HOA dispute was first heard by a jury they found that the homeowners were the victims of religious and other forms of discrimination. However, an Idaho district court judge overturned the decision, stating that the HOA did not discriminate against the couple. A non-profit legal organization has filed an appeal on behalf of the couple with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit to restore the jury's unanimous verdict.