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
In May 2014, the Ninth Circuit issued an Opinion in favor of Los Angeles County in a false arrest case. Plaintiff was arrested twice (1989 and 2009) on a felony warrant seeking the arrest of another person. After being detained at the Los Angeles County jail on both occasions, he was ultimately exonerated. The only discrepancies between his description and the warrant were a one-inch height difference, a ten-pound weight difference, and a different address. The warrant did not include any numeric or biometric identifiers, nor was it updated after his 1989 arrest to indicate that he had previously been cleared on the warrant. During his 2009 detention, Continue reading
In June 2010, Plaintiff’s family members called 911 for assistance with an altercation at a family gathering. Upon arrival by an Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy, Plaintiff’s family members reported that Plaintiff had choked his teenage nephew to the point of unconsciousness. The Deputy went to Plaintiff’s home, interviewed him, and arrested him. After being placed in handcuffs, Continue reading
On January 17, 2014, the firm obtained summary judgment in favor of the County of Los Angeles in a premises liability matter. Plaintiff fractured his leg and hip when he crashed his bicycle into a retaining curb that was designed and installed by the County. The Court found that the County was entitled to design immunity and separately found that Plaintiff could not establish the elements of a dangerous condition of public property cause of action.
This unlawful search and excessive force case arose from a neighbor’s early-morning report that a gunshot was heard at Plaintiff’s home. Orange County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to Plaintiff’s home to ascertain whether anyone had been shot. Based on prior contacts with Plaintiff, the deputies knew that Plaintiff had firearms in her residence. Plaintiff refused to allow the deputies inside. Eventually, the deputies Continue reading