Civil Rights

African American says his Caltrans co-workers racially harassed and discriminated against him. $1M. Los Angeles County.

Caltrans worker says he complained repeatedly but supervisors failed to act.

  • Case Name: Scudder v. Caltrans
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, March 09, 2018

Defense verdict for City of Carlsbad in excessive force case. San Diego County.

Angry words between a civilian and police officer turn into an arrest, with police accused of excessive force after plaintiff tries to flee.

  • Case Name: Cindy Michelle Hahn and Brandon Hahn v. City of Carlsbad, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, August 03, 2017

Defendant prison guards liable for inciting attack on prisoner. $130K.

After a "lifer" inmate files a grievance, the guards encourage other inmates to beat him.

  • Case Name: Kevin Darnell Bryant v. Patrick Gallagher, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, May 18, 2017

Excessive force claimed when 7 officers respond to vandalism call. Wrongful shooting death. $2 million. Los Angeles County.

Intoxicated man, unarmed, provokes police with broomsticks and rocks. Nonlethal-force options were deployed, but one officer ends up shooting him.

  • Case Name: Ramirez v. LAPD
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Soledad prisoner falsely "validated" as a gang member, segregated. $535K.

Prisoner misclassified as gang member is placed in more restrictive housing unit.

  • Case Name: Percelle v Pearson, et al
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Second trial on false arrest charges results in $50K against LAPD. Los Angeles County.

Plaintiffs claimed they were falsely arrested during a large-scale police search in their neighborhood. 

  • Case Name: Cesar Otero, Fernando Quintana, Jr, Fernando Quintana Sr, Diana Rayos, Judy Quintana v. City of Los Angeles, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, November 15, 2016

911 call results in police shooting/killing young man. $2.2 million. Los Angeles County.

Young African-American with knives is tasered by one officer and shot by another after family calls police because he is threatening to kill himself.

  • Case Name: Eaddy v. City of Los Angeles
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Long-time sheriff's detective doesn't want reassignment to patrol. Defense verdict. El Dorado County.

Deputy sheriff works in the investigation unit for many years, is then told he's going back on patrol duty. He claims discrimination.

  • Case Name: Fitzgerald v. County of El Dorado et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, June 17, 2016

Inmate claims painkiller from prison docs was not enough. $120,000.

Inmate with scoliosis suffers chronic back pain and prison doctors don't manage his pain well.

  • Case Name: Samuel Anderson v. Kelso, et al
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, March 21, 2016

Lawyer tries to intervene in ongoing sexual harassment by prominent yogi and is fired. $7.3 million. Los Angeles County.

Developer of yoga method said to sexually harass students, fires his own lawyer when she tries to stop him.

  • Case Name: Jafa-Bodden v. Choudhury
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, January 25, 2016

Elbow injury and emotional distress claimed after struggle with undercover officers. Defense verdict. Orange County.

Undercover police officers said to use excessive force in arrest.  Defense verdict.  

  • Case Name: Edward Rezek v. City of Tustin, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Police officer misconduct results in settlement at trial of $1.45 million. Los Angeles County.

Plaintiff husband says his wife and a Burbank police officer conspired to have him arrested and then tried to extort money from him.

  • Case Name: Jeremy Bassett et al. v City of Burbank, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Unarmed robbery suspect shot by Culver City police. Minor children awarded $8.8 million. Los Angeles County.

An unarmed robbery suspect is shot by a Culver City police officer.  Other officers on the scene did not perceive the suspect as a threat. $8.8 million awarded by Federal jury.  

  • Case Name: Kandace Simplis, et al. v. Culver City Police Department, et al
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Boy, 15, holding toy gun is shot in Palmdale by LA County sheriff's deputy. $1.1 million award. Los Angeles County.

A 15-year-old boy playing cops and robbers on his bicycle with friends in Palmdale was shot by a sheriff's deputy after he allegedly pointed the toy gun at two officers. 

  • Case Name: William Fetters v. County of Los Angeles and Deputy Scott Sorrow
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, March 26, 2013

LAPD officer shoots 13-year-old boy playing with pellet gun after dark. $19.2 million net award. Los Angeles County.

13-year-old boy with pellet gun is shot by LAPD officer on street after dark.  Circumstances of shooting are disputed.  Quadriplegia. $19.2 million net after contributory negligence. 

$8.75 million verdict in L.A. Sheriff excessive force/wrongful death case. Los Angeles County.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies, in an unmarked car, pursued plaintiffs' decedent as a DUI/robbery suspect. When decedent's car crashed, he was surrounded by multiple sheriff's cars. Decedent backed his vehicle into a sheriff's car and deputies opened fire, killing him.

  • Case Name: Montalvo v. County of Los Angeles
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, November 19, 2012