Rihanna won a round in court Friday when a judge denied a motion to dismiss part of her lawsuit over a Beverly Hills home she bought in 2009 for $6.9 million.
The lawsuit, claiming defective construction, was filed last Aug. 31 in Los Angeles Superior Court against Prudential California Realty and several other defendants, including the home's previous owners, Adriana and Heather Rudomin, and the company that helped the Rudomins renovate the home in 2007-08, Landmark Design Group LLC.
Friday, Judge Yvette Palazuelos denied a motion by an attorney for the Rudomins to toss the portion of the complaint against the couple. Rihanna alleges the Rudomins did not disclose the defects. The 24-year-old singer—whose full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty—wants unspecified damages, maintaining the home had water leaks and was flooded in a January 2010 storm.
Attorney Gilbert Diaz, on behalf of the Rudomins, told Palazuelos that attorneys for Rihanna failed to give sufficient details to substantiate the claims against his clients and that all of them should be dismissed. He said the fraud allegation, for example, was deficient because Rihanna's real estate agents had access to all inspection reports during the transactions.
However, the singer's lawyer, Miles Cooley, said Rihanna relied on the Rudomins' representations throughout the transaction, to her detriment.
"We believe the court made the right ruling," Cooley said after the hearing.