The United States Supreme Court rejected a $34-million damage claim against the city of Carson by the owner of Colony Cove Mobile Estates, upholding a previous ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals .

The suit brought by James Goldstein, owner of two of the largest mobile home parks in Carson, appealed the Ninth Circuit Court’s ruling that he lacked the legal right to challenge Carson’s rent control ordinance.

The case stemmed from a lawsuit filed in federal court by Goldstein in 2008 challenging a set of 2006 guidelines used by the city to implement its rent control ordinance. The guidelines were amended to include the “Maintenance of Net Operating Income” analysis as a tool in considering rent increase applications. The City Council action was intended to protect mobile home park residents from excessive rent increases.