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Civil Constitutional & Individual Rights

Compton v. Baca
$14 million paid for denial of civil rights to citizen wrongfully deprived of property (1991).

A habitability case brought on behalf of 11 Latino families living in an apartment building in the Echo Park area which collapsed in the middle of the night, settled in excess of $4.75 million (2003).

Flores v. Stern (BC 356138)
Fifteen families received more than $4.5 million to settle a lengthy habitability suit against the current and former landlords of an apartment building at 721 Westlake Avenue, in the MacArthur Park district of the Los Angeles, who allowed the property to fall into egregious disrepair (2009).

Zinzun v. City of Los Angeles (C 750 203)

Unlawful use of police resources in order to create a false public image of prior Black Panther running for public office. The trial resulted in a verdict of $3.84 million (1991).

Avery v. OCTA.

$3 million settlement and extensive injunctive relief on behalf of plaintiffs who were assessed excessive and unreasonable fines for nonpayment of Orange County toll penalties (2009).

Trujillo v. City of Ontario (Class Action)

City of Ontario, California, agreed to pay $2.75 million to settle class action right to privacy case brought by HSRR and the ACLU. Police officers had been videotaped without their knowledge or consent (2009).

Aichele v. City of Los Angeles (CV 12-10863-DMG-FFMx)

Settlement of $2.45 million with the city of Los Angeles for unconstitutional detainee practices against 300 protestors, journalists, and bystanders.

Hail v. DPSS
Settlement during trial of a due process denial for a provider of developmental services — $1.4 million (1991).

Troffer v. United States
Judgment for over $1 million based upon a denial of due process for firefighters wrongfully denied access to their jobs (1986).

Former Men’s Central Jail Inmate v. Los Angeles County

Settlement of $475,000 from Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for civil rights violations involving excessive force at the Men’s Central Jail (2013).