Smith v. Housing & Community Dev. Corp. of Hawaii, Civ. No. 04-1-0069K (Haw. Cir. Ct.) and Smith v. Aviero, Civ. No. 04-00309 DAE KSC filed suits federal and state court on behalf of thousands of public housing residents for the State of Hawai?is violation of federal laws regarding utility allowances in public housing resulting in rent overcharges and breach of the rental agreements between the State and low-income tenants; obtained a $2.3 million settlement and caused the State to update utility allowances in compliance with federal law, a benefit of over $1 million per year for public housing residents.