LBAC LEADS THE WAY IN DEFENDING COVID-19 CASES

During the COVID-19 outbreak, LBAC has successfully defended the County of Los Angeles in a series of cases filed that involve allegation of wrongful police conduct related to the outbreak. In Brandy, et. al. v. Villanueva, et. al., the NRA, gun retailers, shooting range operators, and gun owners filed suit in federal court and immediately brought an ex parte application for a temporary restraining order against the Sheriff, County Public Health Director, State of California, and City of Los Angeles for restrictions against the gun industry as a result of the COVID-19 public health orders. Following briefing prepared by Jin Choi and Paul Beach, on April 6, 2020, the court entered an order upholding the County’s public health orders and denying plaintiffs’ ex parte application. In Alliance for Constitutional Sex Offense Laws, Inc., et. al. v. California Department of Justice, et. al., an organization that advocates for inmate rights and two individuals filed a petition for writ of mandate and civil complaint in state court against the State of California, the Attorney General, the County, and the Sheriff. As a result of risks posed by COVID-19, the plaintiffs immediately brought an ex parte application or an order to relieve convicted sex offenders of their obligations under the California Penal Code to periodically register in person at sheriff stations. After Mike Allen prepared briefing and appeared at multiple hearings, on April 17, 2020, the court entered an order denying plaintiffs’ ex parte application. Finally, in May, 2020, in Coullors, et. al. v. County of Los Angeles, et. al., in a lengthy complaint close to 100 pages long, the ACLU and six law firms from across the country brought suit in federal court on behalf of nine inmate plaintiffs and two inmate advocacy organizations against the County and the Sheriff. The plaintiffs immediately brought an ex parte application that included dozens of declarations and almost 50 pages of points and authorities, but refused to extend the one-day deadline for the defense to file opposition papers. With limited time to prepare opposition papers, Justin Clark and Paul Beach, with the assistance of County Counsel, were able to successfully obtain a dismissal of the entire action.

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