BEACH AND PRICE WIN JURY TRIAL IN USERRA EMPLOYMENT CASE

On February 9, 2017, Paul Beach and Natalie Price obtained a defense verdict for the County of Los Angeles in a USERRA case. Plaintiff alleged that his military service while employed by the Sheriff’s Department was a motivating factor in his failure to promote to Sergeant. Plaintiff sought back-pay, retroactive contributions to his retirement plan, and attorneys’ fees.

At trial, LBAC argued that Plaintiff’s scores on the Sergeant’s examinations were inadequate to guarantee promotion and, Continue reading

LAWRENCE AND CHA DEFEAT JAIL FORCE CASE BROUGHT BY LENNY DYKSTRA

On December 1, 2016, David Lawrence and Daniel Cha secured dismissal of a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 action brought by former Major League Baseball player and World Series champion Lenny Dykstra. Dykstra v. County of Los Angeles et al., LASC Case No. BC541436. Mr. Dystra had been incarcerated in the Los Angeles County Men’s Central Jail in April 2012 after pleading guilty to state law crimes involving the use of false financial information to obtain vehicles; federal charges for bankruptcy fraud remained pending. Mr. Dykstra alleged that approximately six deputies Continue reading

LBAC Obtains Summary Judgment in Unlawful Seizure/Excessive Force Case

On November 8, 2016, USDC Judge George H. Wu granted summary judgment in favor of the City of Fontana and Fontana Police Chief Rodney Jones in Navarro v. City of Fontana, Case No. 15-cv-1650-GW (GJSx), an unlawful seizure and excessive force case brought under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Fontana police officers made contact with Plaintiff in a motel parking lot, where he was walking with his wife and his three children. During the officers’ interaction with Plaintiff, he appeared to swallow some drugs that he had in his pocket. Continue reading

LBAC Obtains Dismissal Of Excessive Force Case Against OCSD

On October 22, 2015, LBAC obtained a dismissal with prejudice in an excessive force case, Walton v. County of Orange, Case No. 30-2014-00752735-CU-CR-CJC. Plaintiff alleged that Orange County deputies used “excessive force and unreasonable deadly force” when he was tased multiple times during a routine traffic stop. Plaintiff further alleged that the deputies’ use of excessive and deadly force Continue reading

LBAC WINS SUMMARY JUDGMENT FOR ORANGE COUNTY IN OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING CASE

On October 19, 2016, United States District Court Judge James V. Selna granted summary judgment in favor of Orange County in a 42 U.S.C. section 1983 excessive force case, Celis v. County of Orange, Case No. SACV 15-00299 JVS (JCGx). In granting summary judgment, the Court rejected Plaintiff’s claim that the County had a policy or custom that led to a violation of his constitutional rights. Plaintiff’s lawsuit alleged that Sheriff’s Deputies used excessive force during apprehension and arrest, and that deputies discriminated against him on the basis of his race. The incident in question began when deputies responded to a request for assistance Continue reading