HSR partners Dan Stormer and Joshua Piovia-Scott, along with co-counsel, initiated legal proceedings against the City of Los Angeles and the LAPD on behalf of the family of Charly Keunang, the unarmed homeless man shot and killed by LAPD officers last month. The March 1, 2015 killing of Mr. Keunang was captured on video and seen by millions of people throughout the United States and around the world. Six heavily armed and highly trained LAPD officers approached Mr. Keunang on a busy street in downtown Los Angeles on a sunny Sunday afternoon. After attacking him with tasers, batons and their fists, they shot him four times in the chest (six times total) as he was held down on the concrete sidewalk. The entire incident took approximately three minutes. In addition to filing a $20 million dollar claim, HSR and Mr. Keunang's family have called on Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey to conduct a thorough investigation and bring criminal charges against the officers responsible for the killing.
Almost everyone has done something in the past of which they're not proud. For some, such acts and actions may have resulted in an arrest and criminal conviction. From youthful indiscretions to simply making poor decisions, many individuals who are convicted of drug, theft or other misdemeanor charges learn from their mistakes and make a conscious and concerted effort to turn their lives around.
The United States has long been regarded as a tolerant haven for those individuals seeking freedom from religious persecution and discrimination. In fact, the founding U.S. fathers believed so strongly in the importance of religious freedom that they included provisions related to the "free exercise of religion" in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
There are many different types of discriminatory practices that may occur within the employment realm. Whether subtle or overt in nature, workplace discrimination is illegal and employees who believe they have been unfairly treated or targeted due to their race, gender, age, sexual orientation or national origin should feel empowered to speak up and seek the advice of an attorney.
Most people keep and continue to use the first name which they were given at birth. While a name becomes part of our personal identity, it has no relation to one's character, intelligence or abilities. Despite the fact that an individual's name really is just a name, research indicates that when it comes to employment opportunities, a person’s first name appears to have a significant influence.
Following a two-and-a half-year battle, HSR partner Dan Stormer and associate Lincoln Ellis, along with Co-Counsel, reached a $2.45 million settlement with the City of Los Angeles. The payout resolves a class action suit of approximately 300 protestors, journalists, and bystanders who were arrested at the Occupy L.A. encampment at Los Angeles City Hall on November 29, 2011. Following their arrest the protestors were subject to unconstitutional detainee practices, such as being restrained for over six hours without bathroom facilities, food, or water, and held in custody for a longer period of time than is allowed for the misdemeanors they were charged with.
Since 2008, Hadsell Stormer & Renick LLP's Dan Stormer and Cindy Pánuco have represented Obaidullah - a young Afghan man who has been held without trial by the United States Government for nearly thirteen years. Hadsell Stormer has taken its challenges to Obaidullah's illegal and indefinite detention all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The high court refused to hear Obaidullah's case, denying his petition for a writ of certiorari. In January 2015, Hadsell Stormer took Obaidullah's case to the court of public opinion. Ms. Pánuco teamed up with producing team Reinita Susman and Adam Mitropoulos to produce a mini documentary video on Obaidullah's story. Working with Ms. Susman, Mr. Mitropolous, and Public Counsel (who is co-counsel on Obaidullah's case), Ms. Pánuco led the launch of a social media campaign and website to bring awareness to the injustice at Guantánamo. The website www.shouldntbeus.org, centers around the video which encourages visitors to the site to take action by sharing the video to create awareness of the ongoing human rights violations at the prison.