In May 2016, HSR and McCracken, Stemerman & Holsberry, LLP filed a complaint on behalf of Salvador Rojas Diaz, Mirna Saavedra, Maria Galvez, Francisco Romero, Epigmenio Roman Cabrera, Jose Luis Corral, and Franklin R. Montoya against Sofitel Hotel Los Angeles in the Superior Court of Los Angeles County. The complaint alleged numerous wage and hour violations, including failure to pay workers the minimum wage mandated by Los Angeles' Citywide Hotel Worker Minimum Wage Ordinance and failure to provide meal and rest periods. Sofitel Los Angeles is a luxurious four-star hotel in Beverly Hills and prides itself on being one of the largest hotel operators in the world.
HSR partners Dan Stormer, Lori Rifkin and Joshua Piovia-Scott secured a $5 million settlement in a civil rights case on behalf of a former inmate in the Sacramento County Jail. Plaintiff James Joshua Mayfield was left paralyzed after a suicide attempt in the Jail that was caused by defendants' unlawful denial of treatment for his mental illness and repeated beatings. After obtaining a pre-trial, $2.5 million settlement from the University of California Davis Health Systems, which had been hired by the County to provide mental health treatment in the Jail, Plaintiffs secured an additional $2.5 million from Sacramento County and Sheriff Scott Jones the day before the parties were to resume trial after HSR obtained an unusual order finding that defendants had improperly excluded African American jurors because of their race pursuant to the Supreme Court decision in Batson v. Kentucky. HSR litigated the case for more than two years before finally settling after the trial had begun.
After seven days of trial, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Defendants offered to settle the case brought by HSR on behalf of Plaintiff Jermaine Padilla, a formerly incarcerated man whom CDCR officials and doctors unlawfully denied mental health treatment and subjected to horrific use of force involving 82 ounces of Oleoresin Capsicum pepper spray and three days of full-body restraints. HSR's trial team of partners Dan Stormer and Lori Rifkin and associate Caitlan McLoon were still in the process of putting on plaintiff's case when Defendants agreed to settle Mr. Padilla's legal claims for $950,000.
Following the 2012 fatal shooting of Jose De La Trinidad by the LA County Sheriff's Department, HSR, along with co-counsel, have obtained a $5.3 million settlement for Mr. De La Trinidad's family. HSR Partner Joshua Piovia-Scott, and co-counsel, worked hard to ensure justice for Mr. De La Trinidad and his family after he was brutally shot by deputies seven times, five times in the back, despite a witness account that Mr. De La Trinidad surrendered himself with his hands on his head at the time he was shot.
HSR Partner Joshua-Piovia Scott reached a settlement with LA County for $200,000 on behalf of Plaintiff Daniel Johnson, following the 2012 attack on Mr. Johnson by LA County Sheriff's deputies. Mr. Johnson was tackled and repeatedly tased after asking if he could pick up his father's cigarette butt to avoid a citation.
After ten years of hard-fought litigation, HSR Partners Randy Renick and Cornelia Dai reached a $7.8 million settlement for wage-and-hour claims against Chinese Daily News. Representing 200 hourly employees, Plaintiffs' sought damages against Chinese Daily News for unpaid overtime, failure to provide rest and meal breaks, wage statement violations, and waiting time violations.
Following a two-and-a half-year battle, HSR partner Dan Stormer and associate Lincoln Ellis, along with Co-Counsel, reached a $2.45 million settlement with the City of Los Angeles. The payout resolves a class action suit of approximately 300 protestors, journalists, and bystanders who were arrested at the Occupy L.A. encampment at Los Angeles City Hall on November 29, 2011. Following their arrest the protestors were subject to unconstitutional detainee practices, such as being restrained for over six hours without bathroom facilities, food, or water, and held in custody for a longer period of time than is allowed for the misdemeanors they were charged with.
In light of federal indictments against 18 L.A. County Sheriff's Department employees, past cases of inmate abuse are back in the spotlight. Hadsell Stormer Richardson & Renick LLP represented Michael Holguin in a lawsuit against the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and several individual Sheriff's Department employees for civil rights violations while Mr. Holguin was in custody at Men's Central Jail in October 2009. When Mr. Holguin complained about being repeatedly denied a shower, L.A. County Sheriff's Department deputies retaliated against Mr. Holguin by removing him from his cell with his hands cuffed behind his back and striking him repeatedly over the head and legs. Mr. Holguin suffered serious injuries requiring stitches to his head and microscopic surgery to his leg. Mr. Holguin's case settled in March, 2013. Several news outlets have covered Mr. Holguin's case as a part of the inquiry into a pattern of excessive force by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies and custody assistants. See: http://www.dailynews.com/general-news/20131210/la-sheriffs-corruption-probe-union-leader-fires-back-at-charges http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/local/los_angeles&id=9356126 http://www.myfoxla.com/story/24188370/corruption-investigation-does-anyone-deserve-this
Sometimes sexual harassment can be rampant throughout one organization. Over the last year, one California college has settled two sexual harassment allegations. The college paid out millions of dollars for to settle lawsuits that claim the same man sexually harassed women.