In what some are already calling a victory for renters living in squalid conditions, a New Jersey Superior Court judge gave preliminary approval to a settlement that includes repairs to the building and compensation for residents of a Newark building.

In Cortes v. Pueblo City Housing, a class action lawsuit filed in 2017, Essex County Superior Court Judge Keith Lynott on Aug. 31 granted preliminary approval to a settlement in which Radiant Management has agreed to make extensive repairs on the affected rental units—20 of them in the building located at 86 Brunswick St., and at four other buildings—and for Pueblo City Housing Co. to provide financial compensation for the class members.