Attorneys involved in the civil lawsuit against JoLeigh Ares and others regarding the sale or lease of mobile homes throughout the Rio Grande Valley were attempting to resolve differences Tuesday.
The lawsuit that 43 residents filed against Ares, the La Feria-based Park Girl Sales LLC, Park Girl Mobile Home Sales and other entities went to mediation Tuesday, according to a spokeswoman for Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, which represents the residents.
“Our hope is that we’ll soon have a clearer understanding of the protections available for our clients and how their cases will proceed,” Legal Aid’s Communications Director Cynthia M. Martinez said in a written statement.
This came on the eve of a hearing scheduled for today before 444th District Judge David A. Sanchez where the lawsuit was filed.
Earlier this month, Sanchez extended a temporary restraining order against Ares and others to prevent them from contacting clients about mobile home sales and from foreclosing or attempting to foreclose on such homes.
The extension was for 14 days, which is up Wednesday.
Sanchez also directed the parties Jan. 4 to enter into mediation within the 14 days in an attempt to resolve the matter.
Legal Aid first obtained the restraining order against Ares and others in early December, stopping them from contacting persons who allege that Ares and others defrauded them when they leased or purchased mobile homes from her.
Trey Martinez, an attorney for Legacy Housing LTD and Kendor Financial LTD, which were named as defendants in the lawsuit, have denied any involvement with Ares.
Martinez said earlier this month that his clients sympathize with the people who were “swindled” but that his clients have not been paid what they are owed for mobile homes.
According to Legal Aid’s lawsuit, Legacy holds the debt that finances several of the residents’ mobile homes, while Kendor services the debt or holds the contracts on others.