LBAC OBTAINS SUMMARY JUDGMENT IN FAVOR OF PUBLIC ENTITY IN A FALSE ARREST CASE

On February 23, 2016, the firm obtained summary judgment in favor of the County of Los Angeles and a detective in a 42 U.S.C. Section 1983 false arrest case. Plaintiff was arrested for involvement in a violent, strong-arm robbery. In granting summary judgment, the Court rejected Plaintiff’s Section 1983 Deveraux v. Abbey claim (deliberately fabricated evidence). The Court held that, as a matter of law, the arrest warrant was valid and the photographic lineup was not suggestive.

LBAC PREVAILS IN A PUBLISHED APPELLATE OPINION REVERSING AN ADVERSE RULING AGAINST THE COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES ON THE CALIFORNIA PUBLIC RECORDS ACT (PRA)

In July 2015, the Los Angeles County Superior Court ordered the County of Los Angeles to disclose approximately 215,000 CHP 180 Reports generated since 2012. The CHP 180 Reports were prepared by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to document the impoundment of vehicles driven by unlicensed drivers. The reports contained personal information about the legal owners of the vehicles. The County of Los Angeles requested LBAC to seek appellate Continue reading

NINTH CIRCUIT AFFIRMS SUMMARY JUDGMENT FOR DEFENSE IN CASE OF FATAL OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING

On December 10, 2015, the Ninth Circuit affirmed summary judgment in favor of the City of Downey, its police department, Chief of Police, and several officers as to the plaintiffs’ 1983 lawsuit alleging unreasonable use of deadly force. On the evening of February 22, 2010, Steven Bours was walking, screaming, and occasionally kneeling in the middle of Paramount Boulevard in the City of Downey. Downey police officers attempted Continue reading

NINTH CIRCUIT UPHOLDS LBAC JURY VERDICT IN FAVOR OF ORANGE COUNTY IN JAIL SVP CASE

On September 28, 2015, the Ninth Circuit issued an Opinion in favor of Orange County in an SVP case alleging unconstitutional conditions of confinement. Rhoden v. County of Orange et. al, Case No. SACV08-00420 MWF (SSx). Plaintiff was a repeated sex offender, and had been convicted of a series of rapes he committed in California and Tennessee in the 1980s. Continue reading

BEACH AND CLARK ACHIEVE INFORMAL RESOLUTION OF CLASS ACTION CASE INVOLVING MOBILITY IMPAIRED INMATES IN THE LA COUNTY JAILS

On March 23, 2015, United States District Court Judge Dean D. Pregerson granted final approval of a settlement in Peter Johnson v. County of Los Angeles, U.S.D.C. Case No. CV 08-03515 DDP (SHx), which is a class action case for injunctive relief brought by mobility impaired inmates in the Los Angeles County jails. The settlement was the result of lengthy and complex settlement negotiations, Continue reading