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
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
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
On July 28, 2017, the Ninth Circuit affirmed the dismissal with prejudice of the consolidated class action matters Baeza v. Baca and Corral v. Baca. In an unpublished opinion, the Ninth Circuit agreed that the district court did not abuse its discretion in decertifying the classes, dismissing the cases for lack of prosecution, and denying the plaintiffs’ request to reinstate their claims. Because the district court had certified damages claims on behalf of tens of thousands of inmates who alleged that they were forced to sleep on the floor of County jails, the Court’s ruling on appeal represents a significant victory in favor of the Sheriff’s Department and the County.
On June 5, 2018, Managing Shareholder Paul Beach and Associate Charlie Wang successfully defeated a motion for an injunction in a capital murder prosecution involving the death of a law enforcement officer. The criminal defendant sought to enjoin the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department from investigating the defendant’s incarceration activities, which were relevant to upcoming law and motion practice. After extensive briefing, multiple court appearances, and oral argument, the Court denied the motion for the injunction, which will result in the matter being adjudicated in a more fair and timely manner.