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

LBAC WINS SUMMARY JUDGMENT ON BEHALF OF LA COUNTY ON FAILURE TO PROTECT CLAIM

On March 8, 2018, LBAC obtained summary judgment in favor of the County of Los Angeles in Sakamoto, et al v. County of Los Angeles, a 14th Amendment failure to protect claim brought under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The case involved an elderly man arrested and booked into the Los Angeles County jail on suspicion of driving under the influence. The man spent approximately 12 hours in custody and went missing after he was released. 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

CARON WINS SUMMARY JUDGMENT IN FALSE ARREST CASE

In May 2014, the Ninth Circuit issued an Opinion in favor of Los Angeles County in a false arrest case. Plaintiff was arrested twice (1989 and 2009) on a felony warrant seeking the arrest of another person. After being detained at the Los Angeles County jail on both occasions, he was ultimately exonerated. The only discrepancies between his description and the warrant were a one-inch height difference, a ten-pound weight difference, and a different address. The warrant did not include any numeric or biometric identifiers, nor was it updated after his 1989 arrest to indicate that he had previously been cleared on the warrant. During his 2009 detention, Continue reading

LAWRENCE AND SPRENGER WIN 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