ALLEN AND CHOI PREVAIL IN WRONGFUL CONVICTION CASE

On April 19, 2019, Mike Allen and Jin Choi successfully obtained an Order granting summary judgment as to all claims brought against the County of Los Angeles in a wrongful conviction case, Paul Blumberg vs. County of Los Angeles, et al. The lawsuit, which was filed in 2010, was a hard fought case over almost eight years of Central District of California and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals litigation. Continue reading

ALLEN AND ZAMBITO PREVAIL IN THE NINTH CIRCUIT

In an unpublished decision dated July 24, 2018, the Ninth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of Equal Protection and Due Process claims brought by various Plaintiffs under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the City of Santa Monica and various individual Santa Monica employees in Miller v. City of Santa Monica, et al. Plaintiffs asserted that they had the right to operate a parking garage in the City of Santa Monica, but that that the City arbitrarily deprived them of their right to a permit, Continue reading

ALLEN AND CHOI SUCCESSFULLY OBTAIN ORDER STRIKING ALL CLAIMS FOR COMPENSATORY DAMAGES IN A WRONGFUL CONVICTION CASE

On May 1, 2018, Mike Allen and Jin Choi successfully obtained an order in a wrongful conviction case striking all of Plaintiff’s claims for compensatory damages, which significantly limited any potential recovery. After spending approximately 13 years in prison, Plaintiff obtained a reversal of his criminal conviction on a habeas petition after the court found various violations of law, including purported failures by the prosecution to disclose exculpatory evidence. Following the reversal of the conviction, Continue reading

ALLEN AND CARON OBTAIN DISMISSAL OF “MONELL” CLAIMS IN AN UNLAWFUL DETENTION CASE

On March 8, 2018, Mike Allen and Scott Caron successfully obtained summary adjudication in favor of the County of Los Angeles in Garcia v. County of Los Angeles. Plaintiff was mistakenly detained by an outside law enforcement agency based on an LA County warrant that matched Plaintiff’s name and birth date, but differed in other respects. Plaintiff was held in custody by the outside agency for several days before being transferred into the custody of LA County where he was briefly detained, Continue reading

LBAC WINS SUMMARY JUDGMENT FOR DETECTIVE RE WARRANT BASED ON PHOTOGRAPHIC LINEUP

On April 4, 2018, LBAC obtained summary judgment in favor of a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Detective in Tammy Cameron v. Lauren Brown. Plaintiff alleged a Fourth Amendment violation under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against Detective Brown and the County of Los Angeles, alleging she was arrested without probable cause. Summary judgment was granted in favor of the Detective and Plaintiff voluntarily dismissed her claim against the County.

The case arose from Plaintiff’s 2013 arrest based on a warrant drafted by Detective Brown in 2007. Continue reading