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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."

HSR Attorney Dan Stormer Argues Before Ninth Circuit in Landmark Case, Dogan v. Barak

On April 12, 2018, Dan Stormer argued before the Ninth Circuit court of appeals in the landmark case Dogan v. Barak. In Dogan, the surviving parents of Furkan Dogan--an 18-year old American humanitarian activist murdered by the Israeli military during its 2010 attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla--seek to hold to account then-Minister of Defense Ehud Barak for these violations of international human rights. Attorneys for Defendant Barak and the U.S. Government urged the court to close its doors to Furkan's parents by claiming that foreign government officials are immune for all "official acts," while Dan Stormer highlighted Ninth Circuit precedent establishing that torture and extrajudicial killing can never be official acts. The panel, consisting of Judges Carlos Bea, Mary Murguia, and Stanley Bastian, will likely issue its Opinion in the coming months.

Hadsell Stormer Renick and Co-Counsel from Law Offices of C. Joe Sayas Jr. Secure $2 Million Settlement in 2015 Long Beach Police Killing of Mentally Ill Man

The December 5, 2017 settlement in the killing of Mharloun Saycon, a mentally ill Fililpino man, is among the largest in Long Beach history for a police brutality case.

Ninth Circuit Appeal Scheduled in HSR Lawsuit Against Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak for Death of American Citizen in Humanitarian Flotilla Raid

HSR's landmark appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has been scheduled for April 12, 2018, at 9:00 A.M. in Courtroom 3 at 125 S. Grand Ave., Pasadena, CA 91105. Doğan v. Barak tests the protections claimed by former foreign officials against a growing international demand for accountability in the face of gross abuses of human rights. The case of Doğan v. Barak seeks to hold former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak accountable for his responsibility, as defense minister, in the unlawful death of humanitarian and American citizen Furkan Doğan.

HSR Files Lawsuit on Behalf of the Family and Estate of Bertram Hiscock After Yuba County Jail Suicide

On December 28, 2017, HSR attorneys Joshua Nuni, Lori Rifkin, and Dan Stormer filed a complaint in federal court on behalf of the family and estate of Bertram Hiscock against Yuba and Sutter Counties, Yuba County Sheriff Steven Durfor, and other defendants.

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