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.
On February 28, 2018, Daniel Cha and Jessica Gomez obtained a dismissal with prejudice in Mitchell v. County of Orange. In the false arrest case, Plaintiff alleged that the arresting officer failed to conduct a thorough investigation prior to Plaintiff’s arrest regarding an incident involving improper touching of a minor. In the underlying criminal case, a jury found Plaintiff innocent after Plaintiff argued that he was wrongfully arrested based on the officer’s reliance on statements made by the witness and victim.
On February 7, 2018, Paul Beach and Christina Sprenger obtained dismissal of a case brought against the County of Los Angeles in a wrong warrant/unlawful search case. Plaintiff was an active member of the military, stationed in Japan. As he returned home on leave, he was detained by local and federal agents at Los Angeles International Airport based on a warrant for another person with a similar name. Mr. Beas was ultimately booked into the Los Angeles County Jails, where he alleges he was held for several days despite repeatedly notifying jail personnel that he was not the subject of the warrant.
On February 9, 2017, Paul Beach and Natalie Price obtained a defense verdict for the County of Los Angeles in a USERRA case. Plaintiff alleged that his military service while employed by the Sheriff’s Department was a motivating factor in his failure to promote to Sergeant. Plaintiff sought back-pay, retroactive contributions to his retirement plan, and attorneys’ fees.
At trial, LBAC argued that Plaintiff’s scores on the Sergeant’s examinations were inadequate to guarantee promotion and, Continue reading
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