NINTH CIRCUIT AFFIRMS SUMMARY JUDGMENT FOR OFFICER IN FALSE ARREST AND MALICIOUS PROSECUTION CASE WHERE INVESTIGATING OFFICER HAD INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP WITH DEFENDANT’S WIFE.

On August 19, 2007, Plaintiff called the police regarding an altercation with his elderly father-in-law. When police officers arrived, they saw the elderly father-in-law on the floor in a pool of blood. A broken glass candlestick holder was found nearby. The Plaintiff claimed that his father-in-law attacked him with a cane and that he had struck his father-in-law in self-defense. The father-in-law and mother-in-law told the police that the Plaintiff, without provocation, struck the father-in-law in the head with the candlestick holder. Continue reading

LBAC WINS ANOTHER EXCESSIVE FORCE CASE IN THE TRIAL AND APPELLATE COURTS

In June 2010, Plaintiff’s family members called 911 for assistance with an altercation at a family gathering. Upon arrival by an Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy, Plaintiff’s family members reported that Plaintiff had choked his teenage nephew to the point of unconsciousness. The Deputy went to Plaintiff’s home, interviewed him, and arrested him. After being placed in handcuffs, Continue reading

LAWRENCE, SPRENGER AND LI END INJUNCTION IN JAIL CASE

In February 2014, David Lawrence, Christina Sprenger and Allen Li successfully ended an injunction governing disabled inmates housed in the Orange County jail system. The injunction was the result of a class action brought in 2001 on behalf of past, present and future disabled pre-trial detainees, alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and similar state laws. In 2005, the matter went to trial before Continue reading

LBAC OBTAINS SUMMARY JUDGMENT IN FAVOR OF PUBLIC ENTITY IN A PREMISES LIABILITY CASE

On January 17, 2014, the firm obtained summary judgment in favor of the County of Los Angeles in a premises liability matter. Plaintiff fractured his leg and hip when he crashed his bicycle into a retaining curb that was designed and installed by the County. The Court found that the County was entitled to design immunity and separately found that Plaintiff could not establish the elements of a dangerous condition of public property cause of action.