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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.

LA Community Action Network files suit against LAPD and Central City East Association for civil rights violations and malicious prosecution

HSRR, along with co-counsel Legal Aid of LA and the Law Office of John L. Ralphing, has filed suit on behalf of the LA Community Action Network (LA CAN) and Deborah Burton, the staff organizer. The suit alleges that the defendants repeatedly harassed and violated LA CAN's civil rights by attempting to shut down events opposing the Safer Cities Initiative and wrongfully arrested and prosecuted its members.

Data fears raised by Hadsell Stormer's lawsuit on behalf of JPL scientists--come true

In 2010, HSRR's Dan Stormer argued before the U.S. Supreme Court that NASA's  background checks of scientists (employees of government contractors) were unnecessarily invasive and violated their privacy rights.  The scientists who filed suit against NASA in 2007 feared that highly sensitive and private personal data about them could be compromised.  Two years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the scientists, the private personal data obtained by the U.S. Government in background checks was stolen from a government employee's car on Halloween.  The serious breach has received extensive coverage.

In Disappointing Ruling, Judge Holds the FBI Cannot Be Sued

Attorneys from Hadsell Stormer Richardson & Renick, the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and the Council on American Islamic Relations responded to a ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Cormac Carney granting a Department of Justice request to dismiss their civil rights lawsuit against the FBI. Although the Court's ruling dismissed the lawsuit against the FBI, it permits the suit to go forward against the individual government agents under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

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