On January 9, 2004, David Lawrence obtained a defense jury verdict for former Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials in what seemed like a battle that would never end. The case arose from the February 8, 1991 arrest of Brett Thompson in which a Sheriff’s canine bit Mr. Thompson. The arrest was criticized in the original Kolts report as an example of instances in which additional force was used to subdue criminal suspects who were bitten by and fought with the canines. Orders granting defense motions for summary judgment were reversed twice by the Court of Appeals, accounting for the length of time required to get the matter to trial. By the time the case was tried, Plaintiff had dismissed all but high ranking Sheriff’s officials including the former Undersheriff. Plaintiff proceeded against the remaining defendants on a civil rights “failure to train and supervise” theory, but after almost five weeks of trial in Los Angeles County Superior Court, the jury returned a defense verdict with only one dissenting juror.
On December 22, 2003, in a unanimous decision, the state Supreme Court held that the accrual of a cause of action for defamation was not delayed or otherwise tolled by the so-called discovery rule, where the alleged defamatory statements were republished in a mass media forum. Reversing the Los Angeles-based 2nd District Court of Appeal, the justices refused to give the plaintiff the benefit of the discovery rule, which tolls Continue reading
On June 26, 2003, Paul Beach was honored at a reception held at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. He has been named “Attorney of the Year” by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for his excellence in representing the Sheriff’s Department and its personnel. This was a repeat for the firm. David Lawrence received the same award on May 5, 2000.
In September 1998, in a unanimous decision, LBAC successfully argued City of West Covina v. Perkins, 525 U.S. 234 (1999) before the United States Supreme Court.
During the course of a murder investigation, Police officers of the City of West Covina seized Lawrence Perkins’s personal property from his home pursuant to a search warrant. The officers left a notice form Continue reading
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