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Acosta v. El Monte – U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Disposition – Defense verdict (February 1993)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged excessive force arising from officer’s use of PR 24 baton
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Robert Mann and Donald Cook
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Adams v. County of Los Angeles – U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Disposition – Defense verdict as to four defendants; hung jury as to
three defendants (March 1995)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged civil rights violation and malicious prosecution
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Michael Mitchell
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Adams/Rucker v. City of Rialto – U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Disposition – Verdict in favor of three plaintiffs (May 2006). Mother of decedent awarded $75,000, father of decedent awarded $1,000 and infant son of decedent awarded $150,000.
Case Description – Wrongful death suit under state and federal law arising
from officer-involved shooting. Decedent died from gunshot wounds sustained after threatening police officers with a knife.
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Dale G. Galipo and Vicki I. Sarmiento
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Albiso v. County of Los Angeles – U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Disposition – Directed verdict at trial in favor of defendants (March
1993); case reversed on appeal and resolved confidentially
Case Description – Excessive force and false arrest allegations arising from
plaintiff’s constructive arrest while lawfully attempting
to serve documents pursuant to his employment with the
State of California
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Stephen Yagman and Marion Yagman
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Alden v. City of Beverly Hills – Los Angeles County Superior Court
Disposition – Defense Verdict (January 2000)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged violation of his civil rights, false arrest, and excessive force following his arrest. Acting upon a false police report, officers detained plaintiff for suspicion of grand theft auto but released him at the scene once officers determined plaintiff was actually a leasee of the vehicle.
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Michael Challgren
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Alexander v. County of Los Angeles– U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Disposition – Defense verdict (March 1997)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged excessive force
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Patrick Smith
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Amman v. County of Los Angeles– Los Angeles Municipal Court
Disposition – Defense verdict (September 1992)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged excessive force after officer struck him with a flashlight
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Harry Scolinos
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Arias v. City of Arcadia – Los Angeles County Superior Court
Disposition – Defense verdict (August 1993)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged excessive force and false arrest
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Humberto Guizar
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August v. County of Los Angeles – Los Angeles County Superior Court
Disposition – Verdict for plaintiff ($12,900.00) (September 1993)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged excessive force
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Mark D. Apelian
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Avetoom v. Newport Beach – U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Disposition – Defense verdict (June 1994)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged false arrest and conversion of personal property
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Joseph T. Hitrec
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Baker v. County of Orange – Orange County Superior Court
Disposition – Defense verdict (April 1997)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged excessive force
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Pro per
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Barbour v. City of Orange – Orange County Superior Court
Disposition – Defense verdict as to eight defendants and $480,000
judgment against three defendants (November 1996)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged that while she was a County employee she was sexually harassed and discriminated against based on her gender, causing severe stress and anxiety.
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Fred Crawford
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Barnes v. Palessiro – San Bernardino County Superior Court
Disposition – Defense verdict (March 1993)
Case Description – Plaintiff brought action after high speed pursuit caused death of driver and serious injury to passenger
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Weldon Diggs
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Barrios v. County of Los Angeles – Los Angeles Municipal Court
Disposition – Defense verdict (November 1995)
Case Description – Plaintiff brought action after vehicle collision that occurred when police pursued plaintiff
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Ralph Larsen and Richard Cox
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Batchan v. County of Los Angeles – Los Angeles County Superior Court
Disposition – Mistrial/hung jury (March 2012)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged state civil rights violation, excessive force, and negligence after Sheriff’s deputies tased plaintiff, a non-medicated schizophrenic in an apparent PCP-induced, violent rage several times and plaintiff suffered cardiac arrest and became vegetative.
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Benjamin Schonbrun and Michael Seplow
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Bazikian v. County of Los Angeles– Los Angeles County Superior Court
Disposition – Defense verdict (February 1999)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged false arrest and excessive force
Plaintiff’s Counsel – David Romley
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Bennett v. City of Pomona – U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Disposition – Defense verdict (May 1992)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged excessive force, improper use of carotid restraint, and false arrest
Plaintiff’s Counsel – J. Spencer Wagstaff
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Bianchi v. County of Orange – Orange County Superior Court
Disposition – Defense verdict (July 2002)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged false arrest and battery after he was arrested on the beach for public intoxication and providing alcohol to minors. During the arrest, officers took him to the ground and pepper sprayed him.
Plaintiff’s Counsel – George Dunlop and Thomas Stewart
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Bingham v. Manhattan Beach – U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Disposition – Defense verdict (September 2004)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged civil rights violation, wrongful traffic stop, and racial profiling after police officer detained him on suspicion of DUI, arrested him for driving with an expired license, and detained him to determine whether he matched the description in an outstanding warrant
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Howard Price
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Bondiek v. County of Orange – U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Disposition – Defense verdict (November 1993)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged false arrest, excessive force, and improper use of canine
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Mervyn Lazarus
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Bonifasio v. City of Culver City – Los Angeles County Superior Court
Disposition – Defense verdict (June 2009)
Case Description – Plaintiff, a juvenile, alleged state civil rights violation and excessive force when police officer struck him in head and back with flashlight or baton while he was being chased after having been caught “tagging”
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Robert Mann and Donald Cook
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Bowater v. City of Pomona – U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Disposition – Defense verdict as to excessive force, hung jury as to
false arrest and malicious prosecution (June 1992)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged false arrest, malicious prosecution, and excessive force
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Thomas E. Beck
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Boykins v. City of Monrovia – Los Angeles County Superior Court
Disposition – Defense verdict as to excessive force and false arrest;
plaintiff verdict of $200,000 as to strip search (plaintiff’s verdict reversed on appeal and judgment entered for defendants) (August 1993)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged civil rights violation, excessive force, false arrest, and unlawful strip search
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Thomas White
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Burd v. City of Hermosa Beach – U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Disposition – Defense verdict (September 2002)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged police misconduct, civil rights violation, false arrest/imprisonment, assault and battery, and intentional infliction of emotional distress after he was injured during his arrest. Plaintiff asserted that the officers used excessive force because less forceful methods were available
Plaintiff’s Counsel – David K. Yamamoto
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Caden v. Carillo – Los Angeles County Superior Court
Disposition – Jury found in phase one of trial that defendant battered plaintiff, but found in phase two that defendant did not harm the plaintiff and awarded no damages; §1983 excessive force claim was successfully challenged on summary judgment (May 2005)
Case Description – Plaintiff brought battery and civil rights action after off-duty officer allegedly battered her outside police station
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Wayne Hunkins
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Callis v. City of Culver City – Los Angeles County Superior Court
Disposition – Verdicts for decedent’s estate against City and 1 of 7 individual Defendants ($500,000 with decedent 60% negligent) (May 2000); appeal pending
Case Description – Decedent’s estate brought claim for civil rights violation and wrongful death arising from decedent’s cardiac arrest and subsequent death after he had been arrested and transferred to police station
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Carol Watson and Stephanie Holtz
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Carlo v. City of Chino and County of San Bernardino – U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Disposition – – Defense verdict (March 1995); reversed on appeal as to
only one San Bernardino County defendant; plaintiff
awarded $1 in nominal damages
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged civil rights violation and false arrest after Sheriff’s deputy refused to permit her to make a telephone call during her first five hours of custody because she was combative and intoxicated
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Klass, Helman & Ross
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Castro v. City of Chino – San Bernardino County Superior Court
Disposition – Defense verdict (May 1992)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged civil rights violation, excessive force, and unlawful temporary detention
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Margis Matulionis
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Castro v. City of Downey – U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Disposition – Defense verdict (August 1995)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged police misconduct
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Leon Gilbert
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Ceniceros v. City of Rialto – San Bernardino County Superior Court
Disposition – Defense verdict (December 2005)
Case Description- Plaintiff brought an action for motor vehicle negligence following a collision with a patrol vehicle, and claimed that he had suffered traumatic brain injury
Plaintiff’s Counsel- John Lueck
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Choate v. County of Orange – Orange County Superior Court
Disposition – Defense verdict (July 1996)
Case Description – Plaintiffs brought civil rights claim against County and officers after plaintiffs were injured during arrest by off-duty officers for assault and battery
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Thomas Beck
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Chrysler v. City of West Covina – U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Disposition – Defense verdict (March 1997)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged excessive force arising from use of police canine
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Robert Mann and Donald Cook
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Contreras v. Wilson – Los Angeles County Superior Court
Disposition – Five defendants dismissed during trial; defense verdict
for remaining three deputies (October 1992)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged officers used excessive force and improper police procedures
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Thomas Beck
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Corcoles v. County of Orange – Orange County Superior Court
Disposition – Defense verdict (November 1994)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged civil rights violation, false arrest, and false imprisonment
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Joseph Shalant
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Cotton v. County of Santa Barbara – U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Disposition – Defense verdict for psychiatrist (May 2010)
Case Description – Decedent’s estate brought civil rights deliberate indifference to serious medical needs claim after decedent died in jail following psychiatrist’s recommendation that he should be transferred to a mental health facility the next day
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Leonard S. Sands and Heleni E. Suydam
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Crawford v. County of Los Angeles – Los Angeles County Superior Court
Disposition – Verdict for plaintiff $25,000 (January 1993)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged excessive force arising from use of sap
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Joel Goldberg
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Davis v. County of Los Angeles – U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Disposition – Plaintiff verdict (August 2009)
Case Description – Plaintiffs alleged civil rights violation and excessive force after one suffered fatal gunshot wounds and the other suffered non-fatal wounds during pursuit by multiple officers
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Ali Taheripour
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Davis v. Pasadena – Los Angeles County Superior Court
Disposition – Defense verdict (December 1994)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged civil rights violations, excessive force, and false arrest
Plaintiff’s Counsel – John C. Burton
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Davis v. Rialto – U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Disposition – Defense verdict (October 1995)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged civil rights violation, excessive force, and false arrest
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Moreno, Purcell & Schindler
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Davison v. Anaheim – U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Disposition – Defense verdict (February 1997)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged excessive force
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Robert Mann and Donald Cook
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De Rosa v. City of Ontario – San Bernardino County Superior Court
Disposition – Defense verdict (July 1993)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged civil rights violation, assault and battery
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Robert Pacheco
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Diamond v. County of Los Angeles – U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Disposition – Defense verdict as to three defendants and $40,000 judgment against one defendant (May 1995)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged civil rights violation, false arrest, and excessive force
Plaintiff’s Counsel – W. Anthony Willoughby
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Ekanem v. City of Chino – U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Disposition – Defense verdict for all defendants on over-detention issue; jury found that two of three individual defendants violated plaintiff’s rights by the manner in which he was handcuffed, but awarded no damages (March 1996)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged civil rights violation, false arrest, and excessive force
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Patrick Smith
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Erving v. County of San Bernardino – San Bernardino County Superior Court
Disposition – Defense verdict (May 1996)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged police misconduct
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Michael A. Brush
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Escobar v. Scutella – U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Disposition – $125,000 on false arrest plus $160,000 punitive damages; defense verdict as to four officers (August 1994)
Case Description – Plaintiff brought civil rights claim, false arrest, and malicious prosecution claims arising from death of plaintiff’s infant son
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Stephen Yagman and Marion Yagman
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Estrada v. County of Los Angeles – U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Disposition – Defense verdict (August 2002)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged false arrest and excessive force after plaintiff suffered bruising on her arms from the arrest and injury from being held in handcuffs
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Robert Mann and Donald Cook
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Fazzino v. City of Fontana – U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Disposition – Defense verdict (October 1993)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged civil rights violation and excessive force arising from dog bite, allegedly improper use of baton, and carotid restraint
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Robert Thompson
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Fleenor & Jones v. City of Rialto – San Bernardino County Superior Court
Disposition – Defense verdict as to plaintiff Jones; verdict for plaintiff Fleenor on §1983 and state law whistleblower claims with damage award of $70,000 (June 2003)
Case Description – Plaintiffs alleged employment wrongful constructive termination, First Amendment retaliation under §1983, state law whistleblower retaliation, disability discrimination under California FEHA, and intentional infliction of emotional distress after plaintiffs’ whistleblower claims turned out to be unfounded
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Samuel J. Wells
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Flores v. City of Rialto – San Bernardino County Superior Court
Disposition – Defense verdict [non-suit] (January 1997)
Case Description – Plaintiff brought action for civil rights violation, excessive force, false imprisonment, and negligent employment
Plaintiff’s Counsel – William Hess
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Forbes v. County of Orange – U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Disposition – Verdict for the defense August 26, 2013
Case Description – Plaintiff, an inmate at the Orange County jail, claimed that after returning from a court appearance he was grabbed by a deputy, slammed against a plexiglass wall, thrown to the floor and that the deputy placed his knee in his back and pulled his upper body backwards, exacerbating pre-existing neck and back injuries. The deputy claimed that plaintiff did not return to a holding cell as instructed and as he was guiding the inmate back to the cell, the inmate tripped over his shackles.
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Humberto Guizar and Richard H. Geringer
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Forrett v. Richardson – U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Disposition – Defense verdict entered by court following jury verdict for plaintiff (April 1995)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged excessive force arising from officer-involved shooting
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Stephen Yagman and Marion Yagman
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Franco v. County of Los Angeles – Los Angeles County Superior Court
Disposition – Defense verdict on civil rights violation; $35,000 in damages to plaintiff for false imprisonment and negligence causes of action (August 1993)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged civil rights violation, false imprisonment, and negligence
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Shelly Kaufman
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Fuller v. County of Orange – U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Disposition – Defense verdict (April 2009)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged civil rights violation and excessive force, claiming Sheriff’s deputies beat him while booking him on suspicion of DUI
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Robert Mann and Donald Cook
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Gallagher v. City of West Covina – U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Disposition – Defense verdict (December 2002)
Case Description – Plaintiff asserted civil rights violation and excessive force after he ruptured his pancreas and broke a rib during arrest
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Stephen Yagman and Marion Yagman
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Galvan v. City of Culver City – Los Angeles County Superior Court
Disposition – Defense verdict (February 2002)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged false arrest and excessive force claiming that he stumbled rather than attacked an officer and that officers beat him unconscious during arrest
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Ira Katz
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Garcia v. County of Los Angeles (Consolidated with Jacobo v. County of Los Angeles) – U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Disposition – Defense verdict (November 1994)
Case Description – Plaintiffs initiated civil rights violation and wrongful death action following officer-involved shooting
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Walter Wabby and Gary Casselman
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Garcia v. County of San Bernardino – U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Disposition – Defense verdict (March 1997)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged civil rights violation
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Emile Mullick
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Gomez v. Waldie – U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Disposition – Verdict for plaintiff on liability (January 2010)
Case Description – Plaintiff, a sergeant in the Sheriff’s department, alleged violation of his First Amendment rights and retaliation after plaintiff was transferred to a different department sometime after an unsuccessful ran for Sheriff
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Joseph Y. Avrahamy
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Gonzalez v. City of Manhattan Beach – Los Angeles Municipal Court
Disposition – Defense verdict and City prevailed on cross-complaint
against plaintiff/driver (October 1997)
Case Description – Plaintiff brought negligence following collision during Code-3 response
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Michael Damsky
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Greenstreet v. County of San Bernardino – U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Disposition – Defense verdict (April 1993)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged unlawful residential search and excessive force
Plaintiff’s Counsel – John Burton
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Grinston v. Southern California Rapid Transit District – U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Disposition – Defense verdict (April 1997)
Case Description – Plaintiff, a former police officer with Southern California Rapid Transit District (“RTD”), alleged employment civil rights violations, wrongful termination, and race and gender discrimination, claiming RTD fired her in retaliation for leveling race and gender discrimination claims
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Meir Westreich
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Gunnarson v. City of Downey – Los Angeles County Superior Court
Disposition – Defense verdict (February 1997)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged police used excessive force
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Ellen Ellison
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Gutierrez v. County of Los Angeles – U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Disposition – Verdict for the plaintiff for $2,000,000 (September 2013)
Case Description – Plaintiffs, Decedent’s parents, alleged civil rights violations in the shooting of Decedent by a deputy in the City of Azusa. The deputy alleged that he fired upon Decedent in self-defense as Decedent was lunging at him with a knife.
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Dale K. Galipo and Melanie T. Partow
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Hall v. Lee – Orange County Superior Court
Disposition – Defense verdict as to three of six individual defendants; three defendants found jointly liable for $5,000 verdict; court awarded plaintiff attorney’s fees of $2,000 noting plaintiff’s very limited success at trial (April 2010)
Case Description – Allegations of excessive force and cruel and unusual punishment. Plaintiff was arrested for DUI, placed in one sobering cell for nine hours, and then in another cell for six hours due to his inability or unwillingness to cooperate, during which time he was handcuffed and had a spit guard over his head. Plaintiff suffered broken wrist, soft tissue injuries, and emotional distress
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Ralph Rios
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Hand v. City of Gardena – Los Angeles County Superior Court
Disposition Defense verdict (May 2005)
Case Description – Plaintiff, a female police officer trainee, claimed gender discrimination under the California FEHA when she failed to pass the probationary period
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Michael Grobarty
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Harris v. Marhoefer – U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Disposition – Defense verdict as to four defendants; verdict of $25,000 against one defendant
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged excessive force arising from use of baton
Plaintiff’s Counsel – David E. Frank
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Hitch v. Ralphs Grocery – Orange County Superior Court (Santa Ana)
Disposition – Defense verdict (July 1993)
Case Description – Plaintiff brought claims of excessive force, battery, and negligence in training and supervision
Plaintiff’s Counsel – David L. Marguiles
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Inland Mediation Board v. City of Pomona – U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Disposition – Defense verdict following ten day jury trial (June 2006)
Case Description – Plaintiffs alleged racial discrimination by City in violation of State and Federal fair housing laws after a member of a citizen’s action group, which occasionally used City facilities and resources, made discriminatory statements at the group’s meeting
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Christopher Brancart, Elizabeth Brancart, and John Ward
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Jetton v. City of Downey – U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Disposition – Defense verdict (October 1993)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged improper use of police canine
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Robert Mann and Donald Cook
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Johnston v. County of Orange – Orange County Superior Court
Disposition – Defense verdict (September 2000)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged wrongful arrest and excessive force arising from use of baton, punches, and kicks in order to subdue him and place him under arrest following plaintiff’s vandalism and fight activities
Plaintiff’s Counsel – John H. Anderson and Troy C. McMahan
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Jones, J. v. County of Los Angeles – U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Disposition – Defense verdict (November 2012)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged civil rights violation, excessive force, and false arrest after deputies took him to the ground and punched him several times in the head in order to subdue plaintiff during his arrest
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Jerry L. Steering and Alexander J. Perez
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Jones, M. v. County of Los Angeles – U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Disposition – Defense verdict (February 2017)
Case Description – 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, instead, placed him in a secondary competitive hiring band within his Division. LBAC further argued that while Plaintiff had taken several, lengthy deployments as a Naval Reserve Officer, the Sheriff’s Department highly values military service and does not use military deployments against employees when evaluating them for promotion. The jury deliberated for approximately 20 minutes before returning a unanimous verdict in favor of the County.
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Brandi Harper and Joe Bolander
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Jordan v. County of San Bernardino – U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Disposition – Defense verdict (July 1992)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged excessive force following use of a carotid restraint for minor traffic infraction
Plaintiff’s Counsel – John C. Burton
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Knapp v. County of San Bernardino – San Bernardino County Superior Court
Disposition – Defense verdict (July 1996)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged employment discrimination
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Timothy Taggar
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LaTreille v. City of Redondo Beach – Los Angeles Municipal Court
Disposition – Verdict for plaintiff for $9,178.00 (August 1993)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged unlawful warrantless entry, excessive force, and false arrest
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Scott Craig
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Laukkanen v. Downey – Orange County Superior Court
Disposition – Defense verdict (March 1998)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged wrongful death and dangerous condition of public property
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Gene Kent and Scott Hanssler
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Lawrence v. City of Rialto – U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Disposition – Defense verdict (October 1995)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged civil rights violation, excessive force, and false arrest
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Hermez Moreno
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Leichman v. City of Redondo Beach – U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Disposition – Defense verdict (October 1992)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged excessive force and improper use of police canine during course of plaintiff’s arrest
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Robert Mann and Donald Cook
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Lemoine v. City of Ontario – U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Disposition – Defense verdict; defendant officer prevailed on cross-complaint and awarded $1.00 (December 1993)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged civil rights violation, excessive force, and malicious prosecution after officers shot unarmed plaintiff in the back during plaintiff’s assault and battery on officer
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Jerry Steering
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Lopez v. City of West Covina – U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Disposition – Defense verdict (December 1998)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged civil rights violation, excessive force, battery, and negligence (“suicide by cop”) when officers shot plaintiff after he refused to take his hand out of his jacket and subsequently brandished what officers believed was a weapon
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Eugene Osko and Rocky Crabb
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Lopez v. County of Los Angeles – Los Angeles County Superior Court
Disposition – Defense verdict (May 2013)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged wrongful death after off-duty deputy fatally shot decedent when decedent reached toward his waistband in response to the deputy’s order to put his hands up when the deputy found him trying to break into a parked car
Plaintiff’s Counsel– John Anderson and Troy McMahan
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Macias v. County of Los Angeles – Los Angeles County Superior Court
Disposition – Verdict for plaintiff ($25,000) (August 2011)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged civil rights violation, unlawful search, and excessive force arising from search of plaintiff’s home during which plaintiff alleged officers stood him outside for over an hour with his genitals fully exposed
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Vicki I. Sarmiento and Milton C. Grimes
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Magana v. County of Orange – Orange County Superior Court
Disposition – Defense verdict (November 2001)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged false arrest, excessive force, intentional infliction of emotion distress, and civil rights violation after deputies arrested plaintiff, erroneously believing he was an unapprehended homicide suspect
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Jorge Gonzalez
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Maldonado v. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department – Los Angeles County Superior Court
Disposition – Defense verdict (September 1992)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged excessive force arising from use of baton and sap, and allged improper use of cord cuff (hobble) restraint
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Dana Tashner and Bruce Thomason
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Maluia v. City of Compton – Los Angeles County Superior Court
Disposition – Hung jury (January 2000); Defense verdict on re-trial (May 2000)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged civil rights violation, excessive force, and assault and battery after police canine bit plaintiff during a struggle that ensued while the officer arrested plaintiff for DUI and evading an officer
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Ronald Frazier
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Marcucci v. City of Beverly Hills – Los Angeles County Superior Court
Disposition – Defense verdict (April 1997)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged civil rights violation, false arrest, and excessive force
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Robert Shtofman
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Maropulos v. County of Los Angeles – U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Disposition – Dismissal/Defense Rule 50 granted (November 2010)
Case Description – Plaintiffs alleged violation of civil rights and wrongful death by arson arising from a fire at their home which they alleged deputies set
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Dale K. Galipo
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Maropulos v. County of Los Angeles. – Los Angeles County Superior Court
Disposition – Dismissal/Defense Rule 50 (August 2010)
Case Description – Plaintiffs alleged violation of civil rights, unreasonable force, and wrongful death following the shooting death of plaintiffs’ son which plaintiffs alleged deputies perpetrated
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Dale K. Galipo
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Martinez v. City of Downey – Los Angeles County Superior Court
Disposition – Defense verdict (January 2007)
Case Description – Decedent’s estate alleged wrongful death and excessive force (“suicide by cop”) after officers shot decedent following a high speed chase and plaintiff’s subsequent actions to indicate he might brandish a weapon
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Danilo Becerra
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Martinez v. County of Los Angeles – Los Angeles County Superior Court
Disposition – Defense verdict (August 1992)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged illegal search and seizure and civil rights violation
Plaintiff’s Counsel – William Rawlings
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Maxwell v. County of Los Angeles – Los Angeles County Superior Court
Disposition – Defense verdict (February 1998)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged civil rights violation, excessive force, false arrest, and malicious prosecution after plaintiff suffered severe brain damage from baton blows
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Leon Jenkins
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McNorton v. City of Chino – U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Disposition – Defense verdict (January 1994)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged civil rights, excessive force, and improper use of police canine
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Donald Jordan
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Mendoza v. County of Orange – U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Disposition – Hung jury (April 2008)
Case Description – Plaintiffs alleged excessive force by deputies who responded to a family disturbance and shot plaintiff J. Mendoza numerous times with pepper ball gun, bean bag shot gun, and baton. Plaintiff G. Mendoza suffered head laceration from apparent blow from baton.
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Michael R. Marrinan, John Zelbst, and Joseph H. Low IV
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Mendoza v. Missel – U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Disposition – First trial resulted in hung jury (2008). Retrial resulted in defense verdict for plaintiff G. Mendoza and verdict in favor of plaintiff J. Mendoza against two of five individual defendants for $300,000 (April 2009)
Case Description – Plaintiffs alleged excessive force by deputies who responded to a family disturbance and shot plaintiff J. Mendoza numerous times with pepper ball gun, bean bag shot gun, and baton. Plaintiff G. Mendoza suffered head laceration from apparent blow from baton.
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Michael R. Marrinan, John Zelbst, and Joseph H. Low IV
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Mendoza v. Sherman Block – U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Disposition – Defense verdict, based on qualified immunity (August 1992)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged excessive force arising from use of canine
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Stephen Yagman and Marion Yagman
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Miramontes v. City of Ontario – San Bernardino County Superior Court
Disposition – Defense verdict; defense prevailed on cross-complaint and awarded $5,300 (August 1992)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged damages following a collision during Code 3 response
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Roger Meadows and George P. Hobson, Jr.
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Montemayor v. County of Los Angeles – Los Angeles County Superior Court
Disposition – $10,000 plaintiff verdict (September 1999)
Case Description – Admitted liability auto accident with $19,000 in medical specials, $24,000 lost specials, $24,000 lost earnings and $13,000 in property damage
Plaintiff’s Counsel – William Haber
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Montes v. Monrovia – U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Disposition – Defense verdict (January 1993)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged excessive force and improper use of police canine
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Carol Watson
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Moran v. County of San Bernardino – U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Disposition – Unknown
Case Description – Unknown
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Unknown
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Muhammad v. City of Los Angeles– U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Disposition – Defense verdict (December 1992)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged civil rights violation, false imprisonment, negligence, and assault and battery
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Gilbert D. Sigala
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Munoz v. Orange County – U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Disposition – Defense verdict as to three defendants on federal claims; verdict for plaintiff as to one defendant for state law battery claim with $25,000 in damages (May 2008)
Case Description – Plaintiff claimed excessive force under state and federal law after being tased multiple times
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Jerry L. Steering
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Muren v. County of Los Angeles – Los Angeles County Superior Court
Disposition – Defense verdict (November 1993)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged excessive force
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Ronald LaBran
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Murguia v. City of Indio – Riverside County Superior Court
Disposition – Defense verdict (November 1993)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged battery and civil rights violation arising from officer-involved shooting
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Manuel Hidalgo
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Oatis v. City of Pomona – Los Angeles County Superior Court
Disposition – Defense verdict
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged civil rights violation, excessive force, and negligent supervision
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Douglas A. Scott
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Olvera v. Weidenkeller – U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Disposition – Defense verdict in favor of sole remaining defendant(October 2009)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged excessive force against Orange County deputy, after deputy place plaintiff in handcuffs, pepper sprayed him, and struck him during the course of plaintiff’s arrest for smoking methamphetamine, striking the deputy, and breaking back window of police car
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Jeff Dominic Price
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Omari v. City of Beverly Hills – U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Disposition – Defense verdict (December 1996)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged excessive force arising from use of police canine
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Robert Mann and Donald Cook
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Padilla v. Fontana – U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Disposition – Defense verdict (June 2003)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged police misconduct, civil rights, assault and battery, false arrest/imprisonment, and intentional infliction of emotional distress arising from plaintiff’s arrest during which plaintiff claimed officers beat, pummeled, kicked, and otherwise struck him repeatedly
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Jorge Gonzalez and Francisco A. Suarez
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Palm v. County of Los Angeles – Los Angeles County Superior Court
Disposition – Plaintiff’s verdict, defense motion for a new trial granted, case settled (1994)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged false arrest/imprisonment and violation of civil rights
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Ellen Ellison
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Parra v. City of Chino – U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Disposition – Defense verdict (October 1995)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged civil rights violation and excessive force arising from use of police canine and impact weapons
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Robert Mann and Donald Cook
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Patron v. County of Orange – Orange County Superior Court
Disposition – Defense verdict (April 1997)
Case Description – Decedent’s estate alleged wrongful death
Plaintiff’s Counsel – C. Brent Scott
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People v. Skiles – Los Angeles County Superior Court
Disposition – Hung/acquittal – case dismissed (April 1992)
Case Description – Compton police officer charged with two counts of voluntary manslaughter after shooting and killing two unarmed brothers when responding to family disturbance call
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Deputy District Attorney Richard Healy
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Perkins v. City of West Covina – U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Disposition – Defense verdict (June 1994)
Case Description – Plaintiffs brought civil rights claim against City alleging that the search of their home exceeded the scope of search warrant
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Patrick Smith
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Pogosyan v. Southern California Rapid Transit Distict – Los Angeles County Superior Court
Disposition – Liability verdict, followed by confidential settlement
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged personal injury stemming from high speed/Code-3 pursuit
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Brown Greene and Robert Shtofman
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Prentiss v. City of South Pasadena – Los Angeles County Superior Court
Disposition – Verdict for plaintiff ($1.2 million, remitted to $500,000)
Case Description – Plaintiff brought an action for inverse condemnation and violation of due process arising from revocation of building permit
Plaintiff’s Counsel – David King
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Quintanilla v. Downey – U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Disposition – Defense verdict (July 1994)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged civil rights violation, excessive force, and improper use of canine
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Robert Mann and Donald Cook
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Radwan v. County of Orange – U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Disposition – Defense verdict (July 2011)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged civil rights violation and excessive force in the field and at jail arising from deputies’ use of TASER on plaintiff
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Christopher B. Mears and Carol Lavacot
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Reinhart v. County of Orange – Orange County Superior Court
Disposition – Defense verdict (December 1999)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged sexual harassment, discrimination, and wrongful discharge arising from her allegations of a hostile work environment in which other personnel made sexually disparaging comments to and about her
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Patrick Thistle
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Rhoden v. Carona – U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Disposition – Defense verdict (December 2012)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged civil rights violation and unlawful confinement conditions at Orange County Jail, specifically alleging that he was denied recreation, adequate clothing and bedding, adequate drinking water, and access to medical care
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Andrew J. Sokolowski
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Richardson v. Redondo Beach – Los Angeles County Superior Court
Disposition – Defense verdict (April 1992)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged assault, battery, and false imprisonment
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Anthony Stuart
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Roberts v. County of Orange – Orange County Superior Court
Disposition – Plaintiff verdict as to damages for false arrest; defense verdict as to civil rights and failure to render medical aid (March 1998)
Case Description – Plaintiff brought civil rights, false arrest, and failure to render medical aid claims
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Paul Sink
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Rodriguez v. County of Los Angeles – U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Disposition – Mixed verdict on November 7 and November 12, 2013
Case Description – Five inmate plaintiffs brought suit against twenty eight individual Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputies claiming excessive force during the process of jail extractions at the Los Angeles County Men’s Central Jail. Defense verdicts were rendered in favor of nine deputy defendants. The remaining individual defendants and the County were found liable for using excessive force. The jury awarded a total of $740,000 in compensatory damages and $210,000 in punitive damages against the five supervisory defendants. Verdicts are on appeal.
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Counsel- Ronald Kaye and James Muller
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Saldana v. City of Indio – Riverside County Superior Court
Disposition – Defense verdict as to sexual harassment, assault, battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress; $65,000 as to negligent infliction of emotional distress (December 1993)
Case Description – Plaintiff brought sexual harassment, assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotion distress, and negligent infliction of emotional distress claims
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Mervyn S. Lazarus
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Salquero v. County of Los Angeles – Los Angeles County Superior Court
Disposition – Defense verdict (February 1993)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged excessive force and false arrest arising from use of flashlight as impact weapon
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Mary Fredrickson
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Sanchez v. City of Rialto – San Bernardino County Superior Court
Disposition – Defense verdict (December 1996)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged racial discrimination
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Bradley R. White
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Sanchez v. County of Los Angeles – Los Angeles County Superior Court
Disposition – Defense verdict (August 1992)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged excessive force arising from sap and flashlight used as impact weapons
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Edyth Sonberg and Carol Boyk
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Santos v. City of Culver City – Los Angeles County Superior Court
Disposition – Defense verdict (June 2009)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged violation of civil rights and excessive force arising from his arrest during which he sustain head wounds necessitating stitches; plaintiff claimed that officer struck him several times with a flashlight or baton
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Donald W. Cook
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Schubert v. City of West Covina – Los Angeles County Superior Court
Disposition – Verdict of $117,500 in favor of plaintiff
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged excessive force and false imprisonment
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Monica Jimenez and Ray Boucher
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Shores v. City of Pomona – Los Angeles County Superior Court
Disposition – Defense verdict (April 1994)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged unlawful shooting and civil rights violation
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Terrance Riley
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Simpson v. West Covina – Los Angeles County Superior Court
Disposition – Defense verdict (August 1995)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged wrongful death arising from officer-involved shooting
Plaintiff’s Counsel – James A. Otto
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Sin v. City of Compton – U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Disposition – Defense verdict (April 2002)
Case Description – Plaintiff brought civil rights claim for false arrest after plaintiff was arrested for making terrorist threats to a card dealer at a casino
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Robert Mann and Donald Cook
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Sladwick v. City of Rialto – Riverside County Superior Court
Disposition – Defense verdict (November 1992)
Case Description – Plaintiff, a 70 year-old man, alleged excessive force and improper police procedures during his arrest
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Walter L. Farmer
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Smith v. City of Ontario – San Bernardino County Superior Court
Disposition – Defense verdict (July 1997)
Case Description – Plaintiff brought claim for excessive force by police officers
Plaintiff’s Counsel – William Lorden
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Smith v. City of Pomona – Los Angeles County Superior Court
Disposition – Defense verdict (June 1994)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged police officer and fire captain used excessive force in securing emergency scene
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Gloria Dredd Haney
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Solano v. Butts – U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Disposition – Defense verdict (January 1998)
Case Description – Plaintiff brought claim for civil rights violation, excessive force, false arrest, conspiracy, and failure to render medical attention
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Stephen Yagman and Marion Yagman
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Soltero v. Compton – U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Disposition – Defense verdict (July 1995)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged civil rights violations, excessive force, and false arrest following the state’s assumption of custody over plaintiff’s children after plaintiff’s arrest
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Moreno, Becerra & Guerrero
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Sorchini v. Covina – U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Disposition – Defense verdict in re-trial following hung jury in 1997 (May 1999)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged civil rights violation arising from use of police canine when plaintiff claimed that he was unarmed and non-dangerous
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Robert Mann and Donald Cook
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Stern v. County of Los Angeles – Los Angeles County Superior Court
Disposition – Defense verdict (February 1993)
Case Description – Plaintiff claimed officer used excessive force by hitting plaintiff with a flashlight during his arrest following a domestic disturbance call
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Edward Villalobos
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Supra v. County of Orange – Orange County Superior Court
Disposition – Defense verdict (December 1998)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged false arrest, false imprisonment, and assault and battery
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Robert Goode
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Susag v. City of Lake Forest – Orange County Superior Court
Disposition – Defense verdict (June 2002)
Case Description – Plaintiff brought claims of police misconduct, civil rights violations, false arrest/imprisonment, and assault and battery arising from plaintiff’s refusal to vacate private property during his son’s arrest
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Jeffrey S. Benice
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Syfu v. Schultz – U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Disposition – Defense verdict (September 2005)
Case Description – Four plaintiffs claimed that they were unlawfully seized during the execution of a search warrant following a shooting which originated from their apartment
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Stephen Yagman and Marion Yagman
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Thompson v. County of Los Angeles – Los Angeles County Superior Court
Disposition – Defense verdict (January 2004)
Case Description – Plaintiff brought civil rights and supervisory liability claim after plaintiff fled attempted carjacking and police canine bit plaintiff and officers struck him several times during his counterattack on the canine
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Robert Mann and Donald Cook
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Thomas v. County of Los Angeles – U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Disposition – Verdict for plaintiffs (admitted liability). Both plaintiffs awarded $10,000 (June 2014)
Case Description – -Plaintiffs required to sleep on the floors of the Los Angeles County Jail for disputed number of days; 8th and 14th Amendment violations under 42 U.S.C. § 1983.
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Marion Yagman and Gary Bostwick
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Tracy v. Crouch – San Bernardino County Superior Court
Disposition – Defense verdict (September 1993)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged civil rights violation, false arrest, and excessive force
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Monica Jimenez
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Tucker v. County of Los Angeles– U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Disposition – Defense verdict (September 1992)
Case Description – Plaintiff brought civil rights claim, alleging officers used excessive force when they deployed police canine
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Pro se
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Valentin v. County of Los Angeles – Los Angeles County Superior Court
Disposition – On retrial of damages after case litigated for fifteen years with two prior multi-million dollar verdicts, $13.5 damage award was remitted to $8.5 million and subsequently settled (October 2000)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged false arrest, illegal entry and search of home without warrant, and malicious prosecution on multiple charges of child molestation
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Peter Gwosdof, Steven Archer, Morton Minikes, and Emmett Gantz
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Varela v. Rialto – San Bernardino County Superior Court
Disposition – Defense verdict (June 1994)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged police misconduct arising from officer-involved shooting
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Steinberg Nutter & Brent
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Venegas v. County of Los Angeles – Los Angeles County Superior Court
Disposition – Defense Motion for Non-Suit granted (January 2001)
Case Description – Plaintiffs brought claims for false arrest, unlawful search, and false imprisonment alleging that they were unlawfully detained and that their vehicle and residence were unlawfully searched during an investigation into plaintiffs’ brother’s criminal activities
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Robert Mann and Donald Cook
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Venegas v. County of Los Angeles – Los Angeles County Superior Court
Disposition – Unanimous defense verdict (12-0) (July 2012)
Case Description – On remand after defense motion for non-suit, plaintiffs brought claims for false arrest, unlawful search, and false imprisonment alleging that they were unlawfully detained and that their vehicle and residence were unlawfully searched during an investigation into plaintiffs’ brother’s criminal activities
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Donald W. Cook and Samantha Koerner
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Villareal v. West Covina – Los Angeles County Superior Court (IVAMS private jury trial)
Disposition – Defense verdict, $1 plaintiff verdict for negligent training and supervision (May 1997)
Case Description – Plaintiff brought civil rights action alleging excessive force, assault and battery, and improper use of police canine
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Cedric Ellias and Michael Morales
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Walker v. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority – Los Angeles County Superior Court
Disposition – Defense verdict (October 2001)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged she was wrongfully terminated as a whistleblower from her employment with MTA for her role in providing documents to the MTA Inspector General to investigate state and federal law violations
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Louis Cohen
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Walsh v. County of Santa Barbara – U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Disposition – Defense verdict as to all federal claims and state wrongful death claim; verdict for plaintiffs on state law survival medical negligence claim with $200 compensatory damage award and $41,000 punitive damages awarded against two defendants (August 1999)
Case Description – Plaintiffs brought wrongful death and medical negligence claims under state and federal law arising from in-custody death of their father who was undergoing heroin withdrawal
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Eric Ferrer and Craig Price
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White V. County of Los Angeles – United States District Court
Disposition – Defense verdict (March 2014)
Case Description – Use of force in jail setting
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Jeff Price
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Wilson v. City of West Covina – Los Angeles Municipal Court
Disposition – Defense verdict (April 1993)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged false arrest, false imprisonment, and infliction of emotional distress
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Daniel G. McKeekin
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Winarick v. City of Beverly Hills – U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Disposition – Defense verdict (January 1997)
Case Description – Plaintiff brought claim for excessive force
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Patrick Smith
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Wren v. City of Rialto – U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Disposition – Defense verdict (September 1994)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged police misconduct and wrongful death
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Klass, Helman & Ross
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Wurster v. West Covina – Los Angeles County Superior Court
Disposition – Defense verdict (August 1995)
Case Description – Plaintiff brought claim for police misconduct
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Thomas Murphy and Richard Elinski
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Zorrilla v. West Covina – U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Disposition – Defense verdict; mistrial on one issue as to one of three defendants (December 1995)
Case Description – Plaintiff alleged civil rights violation, excessive force, and false arrest
Plaintiff’s Counsel – James Muller
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