On Friday March 2, 2012, a federal judge awarded more than $3.2 million in attorney’s fees and expenses to three law firms who spent more than a decade in a legal battle with Orange County, California, in order to ensure that the jails were made more accessible to the disabled. 

As a result of the case, structural changes to the Orange County jails have already taken place. In June 2011 the court ordered the Orange County Sheriff’s Department to work with a court-appointed monitor.