HSR partners Dan Stormer, Lori Rifkin and Joshua Piovia-Scott secured a $5 million settlement in a civil rights case on behalf of a former inmate in the Sacramento County Jail. Plaintiff James Joshua Mayfield was left paralyzed after a suicide attempt in the Jail that was caused by defendants' unlawful denial of treatment for his mental illness and repeated beatings. After obtaining a pre-trial, $2.5 million settlement from the University of California Davis Health Systems, which had been hired by the County to provide mental health treatment in the Jail, Plaintiffs secured an additional $2.5 million from Sacramento County and Sheriff Scott Jones the day before the parties were to resume trial after HSR obtained an unusual order finding that defendants had improperly excluded African American jurors because of their race pursuant to the Supreme Court decision in Batson v. Kentucky. HSR litigated the case for more than two years before finally settling after the trial had begun.
After seven days of trial, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Defendants offered to settle the case brought by HSR on behalf of Plaintiff Jermaine Padilla, a formerly incarcerated man whom CDCR officials and doctors unlawfully denied mental health treatment and subjected to horrific use of force involving 82 ounces of Oleoresin Capsicum pepper spray and three days of full-body restraints. HSR's trial team of partners Dan Stormer and Lori Rifkin and associate Caitlan McLoon were still in the process of putting on plaintiff's case when Defendants agreed to settle Mr. Padilla's legal claims for $950,000.
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.
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.
Today HSR Partners Dan Stormer and Joshua Piovia-Scott, along with co-counsel, filed suit on behalf of the family of Charly Keunang, an unarmed man brutally shot and killed by LAPD earlier this year.
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.
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.
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 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.