Posts tagged "Civil Liberties"

HSR Obtains Court Order Finding Defendants Improperly Excluded Two African American Jurors In Civil Rights Case Because of Their Race

HSR partners Dan Stormer, Josh Piovia-Scott and Lori Rifkin obtained an unusual order from the Eastern District of California finding that defendants County of Sacramento and Sheriff Scott Jones improperly excluded two African American jurors because of their race. HSR's case on behalf of a young, mentally ill, African American man who was badly beaten, denied mental health care and subsequently paralyzed in a suicide attempt in the Sacramento County Jail began trial on Monday May 1, 2017. U.S. District Judge John A. Mendez ruled that the defendants had improperly discriminated on the basis of race in the jury selection and ordered that a new jury be selected. HSR has already obtained a $2.5 million settlement from one of the defendants in the case and will continue with the trial against the remaining defendants on May 8, 2017.

Vietnamese Nail Salon Workers Sue to Challenge Exploitative Labor Practices Plaguing Industry

Hadsell Stormer & Renick and AAAJ-LA bring claims on behalf of Vietnamese nail salon workers for unlawful wage and hour practices and retaliation for their complaints of abuse and mistreatment. When the workers spoke out against the unlawful conduct, their employers fired them. In a multi-billion dollar nail salon industry, nail salon workers are often exploited and mistreated. After years of abuse, these workers are speaking out against their employers. This lawsuit seeks to bring an end to these despicable practices and to provide justice to hardworking individuals.

Remembering a Life that Mattered: Charly Keunang

GQ Magazine recently published a powerful and moving article detailing the life and death of Charly Keunang, an unarmed man brutally shot by LAPD in March. HSR Partners Dan Stormer and Joshua Piovia Scott represent Charly's family in the ongoing fight for justice for Charly.

Calls for Community Unity at Memorial of Charly Keunang

Funeral services were held this past Saturday, May 16, 2015, for Charly Leundeu Keunang, an unarmed homeless man who was shot and killed by LAPD officers in early March. HSR partners Dan Stormer and Joshua Piovia-Scott represent Mr. Keunang's family in their lawsuits against the LAPD in connection with the killing. Family, friends, community and church leaders, arrived at the Holman United Methodist Church in Los Angeles to give their final respects to Charly while urging for change to the unfair practices of the LAPD.

HSR's $20 million dollar claim on behalf of an unarmed man killed by the LAPD is covered in media outlets across the country

Last Thursday, HSR partners Dan Stormer and Joshua Piovia-Scott, along with co-counsel, filed a $20 million dollar claim against the LAPD on behalf of Charly Keunang's family. Charly was killed by the LAPD on March 1, 2015. He was homeless, unarmed, and alone, and was shot six times after being confronted by six LAPD officers. The killing was captured on video and seen by millions of people around the world.

HSR Brings $20 million Claim against LAPD for a "Cop-created Killing"

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.

Occupy LA Class Participants Settle Claims for $2.45 Million against the City of Los Angeles

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.

Hadsell Stormer & Renick, LLP continues its fight to end the indefinite detention of client Obaidullah at Guantánamo.

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.

STORMER VS. THE SYSTEM

Partner Dan Stormer was recently featured in the 2015 Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine. In the article Mr. Stormer details his work over the past 40 years ranging from his start at the Colorado Rural Legal Services office to arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court to his current battle against the City of Los Angeles. No matter who or what Mr. Stormer is standing up for, the goal remains the same, to "fight[...] for people who need help". To read the full article, click on the link below.

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