Americana at Brand developer Caruso Affiliated and the Glendale Redevelopment Agency could be on the hook for more than $1 million in damages after a judge on Wednesday ruled that they effectively forced a recording studio adjacent to close due to construction of the upscale mall.
In his ruling, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Richard Rico sided with Backroom Entertainment owners, who argued that ground vibrations from demolition of nearby buildings in 2005 during construction of the 15.5-acre Americana forced the recording studio to close.
“Backroom Entertainment was literally and figuratively driven out of business,” Rico wrote.
Studio owners Brad Schmidt and Tim Feehan are seeking more than $1 million in damages. While Rico determined that the city and Caruso are on the hook, a separate jury trial will be held to determine the amount of damages. Rico did not indicate when that trial would begin.