LAWRENCE AND CHA DEFEAT JAIL FORCE CASE BROUGHT BY LENNY DYKSTRA

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

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

ANOTHER VICTORY IN THE NINTH CIRCUIT

Plaintiff, an inmate at the Theo Lacy Jail Facility in Orange County California, was involved in a scheme to smuggle messages and contraband between inmates at the jail. As several deputies began a search of inmates, Plaintiff ran from the deputies and threw a packet containing heroin, tobacco, and messages underneath a door. When Plaintiff resisted the deputies’ attempts to restrain him, the deputies used pepper Continue reading