Posts tagged "Civil Rights"

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. The case argues that Defendants' conduct violates federal laws prohibiting discrimination based on sex including Title VII and the Affordable Care Act.

HSR Obtains $5 Million Settlement in Civil Rights Case on Behalf of Inmate in Sacramento County Jail

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.

HSR Settles Civil Rights Case on Behalf of Formerly Incarcerated Plaintiff Against California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for $950,000

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 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.

HSR Files Suit Against City of Los Angeles for Wrongful Death of Charly Keunang

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. 

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.

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