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Federal Judge Denies Olympusat, Inc. and CEO Tom Mohler's Motion to Dismiss in Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Lawsuit Brought by Hadsell Stormer Renick & Dai LLP

Multiple Lawsuits Filed Against Top Faith TV Distribution Company also Allege Sexual Harassment, Battery, Defamation and Retaliation 

HSRD Attorneys Stop Illegal Sale by Garden Grove of 102 Acre Greenfield to For-Profit Developers

On Monday, October 7, 2019, HSRD attorneys Tanya Sukhija-Cohen and Brian Olney filed a lawsuit on behalf of the non-profit Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development (OCCORD) against the Cities of Garden Grove and Santa Ana. The lawsuit sought to stop the illegal sale of the Willowick Golf Course, a 102 acre greenfield owned by Garden Grove and located in Santa Ana, and force the Cities to comply with the Surplus Land Act. The Cities were rushing ahead with plans to sell the property to for-profit developers in violation of the Act. The Act requires Cities to prioritize unneeded public land for use as parks and affordable housing. Garden Grove and Santa Ana are both experiencing an affordable housing crisis and each is considered "park poor."

HSRD Attorneys Represent Actresses in Class Action Sexual Harassment and Fraud Complaint Against James Franco

HSRD Attorneys Dan Stormer and Tanya Sukhija-Cohen, along with the NY law firm Valle Kane & Vignini LLP, filed in LA Superior Court, October 3, 2019 on behalf of lead plaintiffs Sarah Tither-Kaplan and Toni Gaal. The complaint names as defendants Franco and his business associates Vince Jolivette and Jay Davis, along with their production companies and now defunct Studio 4 acting school. Tither-Kaplan and Gaal maintain, as stated in the complaint, that Studio 4 "created and maintained a pipeline of young, impressionable women who were funneled to Franco and his 'boys' with the intent to exploit them financially and sexually."

Ninth Circuit Affirms Decision Ordering Idaho Prison to Provide Gender Confirmation Surgery to Transgender Prisoner

On August 23, 2019, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the decision by the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho and ordered the Idaho Department of Correction (IDOC) to provide gender confirmation surgery to Plaintiff Adree Edmo. IDOC appealed the District Court's December 13, 2018 order to the Ninth Circuit.

Ninth Circuit Denies Appeal in Israeli Attack on Humanitarian Flotilla Suit - HSRD Attorney Dan Stormer Calls the Decision a "Travesty"

HSRD attorneys Dan Stormer and Brian Olney, along with Haydee J. Dijkstal of London-based firm Stoke and White LLP, filed suit in 2015 on behalf of Ahmet and Hikmet Doğan, the parents of an American victim, Furkan Doğan. They argued that former Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak violated international human rights statutes in 2010 when he ordered Israeli soldiers to raid a humanitarian flotilla in the Mediterranean Sea, killing many of the unarmed passengers on board-including Furkan Doğan who was filming the assault-and that the violations where not subject to immunity granted to an official acting on behalf of a sovereign state.

HSRD Attorneys Represent Former CEO in Lawsuit Against Gateways Hospital, Settlement Reached After Opening Statements

HSRD attorneys Dan Stormer, Shaleen Shanbhag, and David Washington represented Mara Pelsman in a jury trial starting July 22nd before Judge Ruth Ann Kwan in Los Angeles Superior Court.

Announcing New Partners!

Hadsell Stormer & Renick is honored to announce that Cornelia Dai will become a name partner, effective July 15. The new name of the firm is Hadsell Stormer Renick & Dai. In addition, we are proud to announce that Isela Barrios, Valeria De Gonzalez, Nancy Hanna, Brian Olney and Shaleen Shanbhag are becoming Partners of the firm.

Tuesday, June 4, Orange County Board of Supervisors Grant $1.1 Million Settlement in OC Sheriff Deputies' Fatal Shooting and Head Stomping Case. HSR Attorneys Represent Kimberly Zion, Mother of Mentally Ill Victim Connor Zion

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