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.
HSR partners Dan Stormer, Josh Piovia-Scott and Lori Rifkin obtained an unusual order from the Eastern District of California finding that defendants County of Sacramento and Sheriff Scott Jones improperly excluded two African American jurors because of their race. HSR's case on behalf of a young, mentally ill, African American man who was badly beaten, denied mental health care and subsequently paralyzed in a suicide attempt in the Sacramento County Jail began trial on Monday May 1, 2017. U.S. District Judge John A. Mendez ruled that the defendants had improperly discriminated on the basis of race in the jury selection and ordered that a new jury be selected. HSR has already obtained a $2.5 million settlement from one of the defendants in the case and will continue with the trial against the remaining defendants on May 8, 2017.