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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."

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.

Team Led By HSR Partner Lori Rifkin Wins Federal Court Order for Gender Confirmation Surgery for Transgender Woman in Idaho Prison

Team Led By HSR Partner Lori Rifkin Wins Federal Court Order for Gender Confirmation Surgery for Transgender Woman in Idaho Prison

HSR Attorneys Fight for the Rights of a Homeless Community of Sober Women and Their Children in Oakland

HSR Attorneys Joshua Piovia-Scott and Jordyn Bishop represented a group of homeless women and their children who had created a sober, safe community called the Housing and Dignity Village on a vacant, publicly owned lot in Oakland. The women sued the City of Oakland when it tried to destroy the community and HSR and co-counsel argued that the recent Ninth Circuit decision in Martin v. City of Boise, which held that the Eighth Amendment prohibits criminal penalties against homeless people for sleeping on public property if there is no shelter space available, should apply to this encampment. As a result of HSR's efforts, the women were able to stay in the community for weeks after the threatened eviction and HSR was able to force the City of Oakland to provide housing for the group if it wants to clear the encampment.

HSR Attorneys Obtain Court Order Preventing Oakland From Removing Homeless Camp

HSR attorney Joshua Piovia-Scott, working with the members of a clean and sober homeless encampment of women and children, obtained a court order preventing the City of Oakland from removing the homeless encampment until at least November 26, 2018, when a decision will be made as to whether the City is violating their constitutional rights. HSR is arguing that the recent Ninth Circuit decision in Martin v. Boise, 902 F. 3d 1031, in which the court held that a statute that imposes criminal sanctions against homeless people for sleeping outdoors violates the Eighth Amendment's prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment when there are insufficient shelter beds to house these individuals, applies to this situation.

Class Action Suing Phoenix Police for Violent and Dangerous Treatment of Peaceful Protesters During Anti-Trump Rally

Hadsell Stormer & Renick LLP's Dan Stormer, Joshua Piovia-Scott and Cindy Pánuco, together with the ACLU of Arizona and Phoenix-based civil rights attorney Dan Pochoda filed a class action lawsuit today against the City of Phoenix, Chief of Phoenix Police Jeri Williams, and a number of Phoenix police officers for violating the rights of thousands of peaceful anti-Trump protesters who were gathered during and after a rally the president held on August 22, 2017, at the Phoenix Convention Center. Without warning, the Phoenix Police Department fired more than 590 rounds of pepper bullets, tear gas canisters and other dangerous projectiles at peaceful protestors, including children, elderly people, people with disabilities and pregnant women. The suit was filed on behalf of the community organizations Puente and Poder in Action and four individuals who will represent a class of people whose First Amendment protected viewpoints critical of the president were violently suppressed by Phoenix police. "It took Phoenix police 30 minutes from the time they started unlawfully shooting at protesters to issue a dispersal order. Even as protestors ran away from the attack, officers continued firing projectiles into the crowds," said Cindy Pánuco, an attorney with Hadsell Stormer Renick LLP, co-counsel for the plaintiffs. "Protestors wanted to convey the message that the racist and anti-immigrant policies of the Trump administration must end. The Phoenix Police Department used violence to stop this message from being conveyed, injuring hundreds of people in the process."

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