Recent News

HSR Attorneys Recognized in Top 50 for Class Action Settlements in California for 2016

TopVerdict.com has declared attorneys Randy Renick, Cornelia Dai and Dan Stormer winners in the Top 50 for the $7,800,000 settlement negotiated on behalf of employees in Lynne Wang, et al. vs. Chinese Daily News Inc.

Judge Rules that Case of Mentally Disabled Victim of Shooting by Long Beach Police Can Go Forward

On Monday, September 25, 2017, a federal judge in Los Angeles California ruled that the civil rights suit for excessive force, brought by the family of a mentally disabled Filipino man who was shot and killed by Long Beach Police officers, would go to a jury.

HSR Welcomes New Associate Shaleen Shanbhag

Ms. Shanbhag's areas of practice are civil rights, employment, and international human rights law. She joined the firm after clerking for the Honorable John E. Dowdell of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma. Before her clerkship, Ms. Shanbhag completed a fellowship with the ACLU of Southern California, where she focused on education equity, juvenile justice, and police practices issues.

Consistent with History of Refusal to File Criminal Charges Against Police , DA Declines to File Charges Against Officer Who Killed Feras Morad. HSR Represents Family in Civil Suit.

On September 12, 2017, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office announced that it will not bring criminal charges against the officer who shot and killed Feras Morad in May 2015. The family of Feras Morad is saddened and disappointed by District Attorney Jackie Lacey's decision not bring charges against the officer -- who shot and killed their unarmed son rather than providing him the medical assistance he needed -- but look forward to holding the officer, the Long Beach Police Department and Long Beach Police Chief Luna accountable for their actions in the family's civil case, which is set for trial on February 20, 2018.

HSR Represents Family Taking Legal Action on Behalf of a Man Killed by Whittier Police as Mother who Called for Help Looked On

On August 30, 2017, the family of Jonathan Salcido filed a tort claim -- the initial phase in a $15 million law suit -- seeking justice, demanding police training on de-escalation, and demanding training in assisting people with mental illness.

HSR Obtains Court Orders Forcing Chiefs of Police to Testify Regarding Police Shootings

When the Chiefs of the Long Beach and Stockton Police Departments refused to testify about shootings by their officers in three cases in which HSR represents the victims of the shooting, HSR obtained court orders requiring the Chiefs to submit to depositions about the shootings. The Court determined the Chiefs had to testify about these incidents -- and their own and the Department's responses to them -- because they could be held personally responsible for the unconstitutionally excessive force used by their officers in these shootings.

HSR Files Case on Behalf of Married Lesbian Couple Denied Spousal Health Insurance Coverage by Employer

On August 17, 2017 HSR partners Dan Stormer and Lori Rifkin filed a complaint in federal court in the Central District of California on behalf of Judith Dominguez and her wife Patricia Martinez. The Los Angeles County married couple sued Dominguez's employer, Cherry Creek Mortgage Company, and its health insurance administrator, UnitedHealth Services, for refusal to provide them spousal health insurance coverage on an equal basis to heterosexual employees.

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