In October 2016, plaintiff Lydia Lam, a surgeon, moved into a three-story house located on a hill in Los Angeles. Prior to Lam moving in, Matthew Manner, who claimed that he was a licensed real estate agent and broker, contracted with Jose Rosales and his construction company to assist in building the house from the ground up. Manner listed the home and sold it to Lam. After moving in, Lam noticed water intrusion in the garage beginning in January 2017. She also claimed that she discovered numerous other construction defects. The parties agreed to a $1,415,000 global settlement. As part of the settlement, Manner and his business entities agreed to buy the house back from Lam for $1.4 million.