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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.

Hunger Strike at Guantanamo Approaches Fourth Week

Since early February, most of the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay have been on a hunger strike in protest of deteriorating conditions that harken back to Bush era policies. In addition to the already harsh security measures they regularly endure, detainees are reporting prison interpreters have been "searching the men's Qur'ans in ways that constitute desecration according to their religious beliefs," and that their personal items like mail legal documents and photos are being confiscated without cause.

HSRR files Petition to Supreme Court for Guantanamo Detainee

 HSRR files Petition to Supreme Court for Guantanamo Detainee

  • Asks Supreme Court to review lower courts' denial of Obaidullah's writ of habeas corpus petition
  • Seeks end to 11 years of detention without trial.

"We continue to press for justice for this forgotten detainee who deserves either to receive a trial or be released," said his attorney, Anne Richardson. 

Historic Victories Against Unconstitutional LAPD Gang Injunctions

Anne Richardson and Cindy Panuco of HSRR joined Olu Orange of Orange Law Offices Tuesday to give a press conference announcing developments in the case of Rodriguez v. City of Los Angeles, et al. Rulings granting a motion for class certification and a motion for a preliminary injunction were issued last Friday, February 15, 2013.

HSRR Files Appeal on Behalf of 'Irvine 11'

Hadsell Stormer Richardson & Renick, LLP filed an appeal on January 22, 2013 challenging the convictions of the ten Irvine and Riverside students found guilty in 2011 of disturbing a public meeting. Section 403 of California's penal code makes it illegal to "willfully disturb or break up any assembly or meeting that is not unlawful in its character." The opening brief argues that the students' convictions are an unconstitutional violation of their right to free speech.

All of Hadsell Stormer's name partners recognized as Super Lawyers

Barbara Hadsell, Dan Stormer, Anne Richardson, and Randy Renick, the name partners of Hadsell Stormer Richardson & Renick, LLP, have each been recognized by Super Lawyers® Magazine in its Annual Top Attorneys List in 2013.  Dan Stormer has been named to the list of Top 100 attorneys in Southern California each year since the recognition's inception, and Anne Richardson has been named to the list of Top 50 Women Lawyers in 2013. 

Data fears raised by Hadsell Stormer's lawsuit on behalf of JPL scientists--come true

In 2010, HSRR's Dan Stormer argued before the U.S. Supreme Court that NASA's  background checks of scientists (employees of government contractors) were unnecessarily invasive and violated their privacy rights.  The scientists who filed suit against NASA in 2007 feared that highly sensitive and private personal data about them could be compromised.  Two years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the scientists, the private personal data obtained by the U.S. Government in background checks was stolen from a government employee's car on Halloween.  The serious breach has received extensive coverage.

HSRR obtains historic settlement for communities surrounding proposed site of the football stadium in Downtown Los Angeles

Today, Hadsell Stormer Richardson & Renick, along with the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and Robert D. Newman, Attorney at Law, announced the settlement of a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the law that granted special privileges for the Farmers Field football project in downtown Los Angeles. The settlement is a tremendous victory for the people who live near the proposed stadium, most of whom are working class people of color. The agreement includes a $15 million Housing Trust Fund which will create affordable housing units in Pico-Union, South L.A. and Downtown Los Angeles. Plaintiffs also secured commitments on a wide range of other community benefits and measures, including air quality improvement projects, improvements serving bus riders, additional parks and open space, neighborhood improvement plans, a living wage for employees, the hiring of disadvantaged workers and a community team to promote health in the surrounding area.

HSRR Challenges Constitutionality of Special Privileges Given to Farmers Field Football Project

Today, Dan Stormer and Josh Piovia-Scott of Hadsell Stormer Richardson & Renick, along with the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and Robert D. Newman, Attorney at Law, filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the law that granted special privileges for the Farmers Field football project in downtown Los Angeles. The lawsuit, which has enormous constitutional and environmental consequences for the citizens and state of California, targets California State Senate Bill 292 as representing an unnecessary and unfair attack on the community protections provided by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). A project of this size will have substantial environmental and other health impacts on surrounding communities, most of which are working class communities of color, and a robust and constitutionally valid process is crucial to protecting community health.  See the extensive news coverage of the case here: 

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