Lawrence Beach Allen & Choi is pleased to announce Justin W. Clark as the firm’s newest Shareholder. Mr. Clark has been with the firm since 2005 and has successfully defended public entities in civil rights litigation including class actions, Americans with Disabilities Act claims, and allegations of police misconduct. Mr. Clark has worked closely with the firm’s clients in responding to complex litigation in state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate court levels. We look forward to his continued contributions and advocacy on behalf of our clients.
On February 23, 2016, the firm obtained summary judgment in favor of the County of Los Angeles and a detective in a 42 U.S.C. Section 1983 false arrest case. Plaintiff was arrested for involvement in a violent, strong-arm robbery. In granting summary judgment, the Court rejected Plaintiff’s Section 1983 Deveraux v. Abbey claim (deliberately fabricated evidence). The Court held that, as a matter of law, the arrest warrant was valid and the photographic lineup was not suggestive.
In July 2015, the Los Angeles County Superior Court ordered the County of Los Angeles to disclose approximately 215,000 CHP 180 Reports generated since 2012. The CHP 180 Reports were prepared by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to document the impoundment of vehicles driven by unlicensed drivers. The reports contained personal information about the legal owners of the vehicles. The County of Los Angeles requested LBAC to seek appellate Continue reading
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
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