Judge Rules Against Famous Aviator in HOA Case

Two or three months ago, I told you about Chuck Yeager, the famous Air Force test pilot who was the first human being to cross the sound barrier. I also told you how the now-retired Brigadier General was being sued by a Homeowners Association, which Yeager claimed did not include his two units in Fresno. The 91 year old pilot says the HOA simply doesn’t have jurisdiction over his property, and he had the records to prove it.

Well, a Fresno judge has ruled that Yeager has to pay the HOA $43,000 in fees. The HOA’s original lawsuit demanded $270,000. The HOA feigns success. But it looks like Yeager comes out the big winner despite not having a total victory. From outward appearances it looks like the HOA’s demand was excessive and the judge probably saw through that.

HOA officials are talking about how satisfied they are with getting a judgment. Funny thing is, Yeager cut short his losses because he won’t have to pay legal expenses while these out-of-control HOA lawyers try to run up Yeager’s legal costs.

Besides, says Yeager, “I’m very pleased with the agreement. What’s best is that the judge did not order me to join the HOA!”

(link to Sacramento Bee story)


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Ward Lucas is a longtime investigative journalist and television news anchor. He has won more than 70 national and regional awards for Excellence in Journalism, Creative Writing and community involvement. His new book, "Neighbors At War: the Creepy Case Against Your Homeowners Association," is now available for purchase. In it, he discusses the American homeowners association movement, from its racist origins, to its transformation into a lucrative money machine for the nation's legal industry. From scams to outright violence to foreclosures and neighborhood collapses across the country, the reader will find this book enormously compelling and a necessary read for every homeowner. Knowledge is self-defense. No homeowner contemplating life in an HOA should neglect reading this book. No HOA board officer should overlook this examination of the pitfalls in HOA management. And no lawyer representing either side in an HOA dispute should gloss over what homeowners are saying or believing about the lawsuit industry.

2 thoughts on “Judge Rules Against Famous Aviator in HOA Case

  1. Nila Ridings

    Somebody please help me understand. The previous article said he was not a member of an HOA. This article says he was not ordered to be part of the HOA. The previous article said he never asked for or received any services from the HOA….so why/what did the judge order him to pay for? Sharing the air with an HOA?

  2. Ward Lucas Post author

    I don’t know for sure, but it appears the HOA actually did some work on his property even though he wasn’t an HOA member. The financial agreement apparently paid for the work but not the fines and legal costs.


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