LBAC Obtains Dismissal Of Excessive Force Case Against OCSD

On October 22, 2015, LBAC obtained a dismissal with prejudice in an excessive force case, Walton v. County of Orange, Case No. 30-2014-00752735-CU-CR-CJC. Plaintiff alleged that Orange County deputies used “excessive force and unreasonable deadly force” when he was tased multiple times during a routine traffic stop. Plaintiff further alleged that the deputies’ use of excessive and deadly force Continue reading

LBAC WINS SUMMARY JUDGMENT FOR ORANGE COUNTY IN OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING CASE

On October 19, 2016, United States District Court Judge James V. Selna granted summary judgment in favor of Orange County in a 42 U.S.C. section 1983 excessive force case, Celis v. County of Orange, Case No. SACV 15-00299 JVS (JCGx). In granting summary judgment, the Court rejected Plaintiff’s claim that the County had a policy or custom that led to a violation of his constitutional rights. Plaintiff’s lawsuit alleged that Sheriff’s Deputies used excessive force during apprehension and arrest, and that deputies discriminated against him on the basis of his race. The incident in question began when deputies responded to a request for assistance Continue reading

NINTH CIRCUIT AFFIRMS SUMMARY JUDGMENT FOR DEFENSE IN CASE OF FATAL OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING

On December 10, 2015, the Ninth Circuit affirmed summary judgment in favor of the City of Downey, its police department, Chief of Police, and several officers as to the plaintiffs’ 1983 lawsuit alleging unreasonable use of deadly force. On the evening of February 22, 2010, Steven Bours was walking, screaming, and occasionally kneeling in the middle of Paramount Boulevard in the City of Downey. Downey police officers attempted Continue reading

NINTH CIRCUIT UPHOLDS LBAC JURY VERDICT IN FAVOR OF ORANGE COUNTY IN JAIL SVP CASE

On September 28, 2015, the Ninth Circuit issued an Opinion in favor of Orange County in an SVP case alleging unconstitutional conditions of confinement. Rhoden v. County of Orange et. al, Case No. SACV08-00420 MWF (SSx). Plaintiff was a repeated sex offender, and had been convicted of a series of rapes he committed in California and Tennessee in the 1980s. Continue reading

BEACH AND CLARK ACHIEVE INFORMAL RESOLUTION OF CLASS ACTION CASE INVOLVING MOBILITY IMPAIRED INMATES IN THE LA COUNTY JAILS

On March 23, 2015, United States District Court Judge Dean D. Pregerson granted final approval of a settlement in Peter Johnson v. County of Los Angeles, U.S.D.C. Case No. CV 08-03515 DDP (SHx), which is a class action case for injunctive relief brought by mobility impaired inmates in the Los Angeles County jails. The settlement was the result of lengthy and complex settlement negotiations, Continue reading