Cha and Gomez obtained dismissal with prejudice

On February 28, 2018, Daniel Cha and Jessica Gomez obtained a dismissal with prejudice in Mitchell v. County of Orange. In the false arrest case, Plaintiff alleged that the arresting officer failed to conduct a thorough investigation prior to Plaintiff’s arrest regarding an incident involving improper touching of a minor. In the underlying criminal case, a jury found Plaintiff innocent after Plaintiff argued that he was wrongfully arrested based on the officer’s reliance on statements made by the witness and victim.

Beach and Sprenger obtain dismissal of County of Los Angeles in wrong warrant/unlawful search case

On February 7, 2018, Paul Beach and Christina Sprenger obtained dismissal of a case brought against the County of Los Angeles in a wrong warrant/unlawful search case. Plaintiff was an active member of the military, stationed in Japan. As he returned home on leave, he was detained by local and federal agents at Los Angeles International Airport based on a warrant for another person with a similar name. Mr. Beas was ultimately booked into the Los Angeles County Jails, where he alleges he was held for several days despite repeatedly notifying jail personnel that he was not the subject of the warrant.

BEACH AND PRICE WIN JURY TRIAL IN USERRA EMPLOYMENT CASE

On February 9, 2017, 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, Continue reading

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

LBAC Obtains Summary Judgment in Unlawful Seizure/Excessive Force Case

On November 8, 2016, USDC Judge George H. Wu granted summary judgment in favor of the City of Fontana and Fontana Police Chief Rodney Jones in Navarro v. City of Fontana, Case No. 15-cv-1650-GW (GJSx), an unlawful seizure and excessive force case brought under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Fontana police officers made contact with Plaintiff in a motel parking lot, where he was walking with his wife and his three children. During the officers’ interaction with Plaintiff, he appeared to swallow some drugs that he had in his pocket. Continue reading