BEACH AND PRICE WIN JURY TRIAL IN USERRA EMPLOYMENT CASE

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

LAWRENCE AND CHA ATTAIN UNANIMOUS DEFENSE VERDICT IN JAIL EXCESSIVE FORCE CASE

On August 27, 2013, David Lawrence and Daniel Cha obtained a defense verdict before a Riverside federal jury in Forbes v. Villa, Case No. SACV11-01330 JGB (ANx). Plaintiff had a twenty year history of neck and back injuries and surgeries, including numerous fusions and implantation of hardware. Plaintiff, who was cuffed and shackled, claimed that a Sheriff’s Deputy slammed him against a wall, threw him to the floor and kneed Continue reading

LBAC WINS CHALLENGING TRIAL IN DEPUTY-INVOLVED FATAL SHOOTING

On May 3, 2013, Dennis M. Gonzales and a team of associates obtained a defense verdict in Lopez v. County of Los Angeles, Case No. BC 460074, following an 8-day jury trial in a wrongful death action arising from a fatal deputy-involved shooting. An off-duty Los Angeles Sheriff’s Deputy fatally shot and killed decedent after decedent ignored the deputy’s commands and instead reached into his waistband. Although a subsequent Continue reading

LBAC WINS TRIAL AGAINST AN SVP PLAINTIFF IN JAIL CONDITIONS CASE

Plaintiff Lawtis Donald Rhoden was held in custody as a civil detainee at the Orange County Jail from 2004 through 2006 while awaiting a probable cause hearing under California’s Sexually Violent Predator Act. Plaintiff claimed that his conditions of confinement violated the Fourteenth Amendment’s due process clause because they were less considerate than the conditions afforded to criminal detainees, deputies had Continue reading

LBAC WINS TASER CASE FOR ORANGE COUNTY

This case arose from a report of suspected battery. When deputies responded to the scene, they found the plaintiff, Joshua Radwan, and his crying girlfriend. The deputies separated Plaintiff and his girlfriend, based upon suspicion of physical abuse. Deputies searched Plaintiff and found a small amount of marijuana in his possession. Deputies searched his vehicles and located three knives. A criminal history check Continue reading