Civil Rights

Plaintiff shot by LAPD rubber bullet. $1.5M. Los Angeles County.

Plaintiff is shot outside Staples Center as crowd celebrates a big win.

  • Case Name: Kimberly Marroquin v. Unidentified LAPD Officer, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, October 14, 2022

School custodian wrongfully terminated after injury. $35.5M. Santa Cruz County.

School District's workers' comp administrator is blamed for providing misleading information. Verdict includes $27 million in punitive damages against administrator.

  • Case Name: Ruvalcaba v. Santa Cruz City Schools, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Civil rights case against plainclothes officer. $710K. San Joaquin County.

Police officer says he intervened when convenience store clerk wanted customer to leave the market following argument. Video suggests otherwise.

  • Case Name: Joseph Green v. City of Stockton, City of Stockton Police Department, Officer Robert Johnson and Officer Robert Wong
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Inmate suffering heroin withdrawal dies in county jail. $1.6M. Monterey County.

Family says he told jail staff he was in withdrawal and they failed to provide medical care.

  • Case Name: Mark Vasquez Pajas, et al. v. County of Monterey, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, February 07, 2019

Police shooting results in wrongful death claim. Defense. Santa Clara County.

Police shoot a murder suspect, believing him to be armed.

  • Case Name: Jacquez v. City of San Jose, Jacob Morris
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, September 10, 2018

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