October 31, 2019

Hi Guys,

I'm doing this class in December. I don't know whether you are interested or not, but it might be interesting for you.

The entire agenda is not up yet. I'm working on it today. I'll be spending the better part of the first day deconstructing the trial in Duval v. County of Los Angeles. The Second day will be devoted to working up different types of cases for trial, framing the issues, simplifying the issues, and developing/presenting depositions and other evidence in a way the average juror can actually understand it.


December 22, 2018

The Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved a $6 million payout for a woman who said her 15-month-old baby was seized by county social workers against her rights. The decision to settle followed a board vote in June 2017 to appeal a jury’s decision to award $3.1 million in compensatory damages to Rafaelina Duval. The panel found in November 2016 that the county’s actions amounted to unwarranted seizure of the child with malice, but denied punitive damages to Duval.That $3.1 million judgment included $165,000 awarded because Duval was deemed to be the victim of discrimination.

August 29, 2013 was Danyelle Branning’s day off. She worked as a nurse in a hospital intensive-care unit and was reading in bed at her home in Eastvale, California, a small city some 50 miles inland of Los Angeles. Around 3 p.m., she heard a knock on the door and opened it to find a policeman on the front step.

October 1, 2018

Three children who are suing the County of San Diego on allegations that child welfare officials violated their rights have filed a new, class action lawsuit accusing the government’s lawyers of looking through their confidential juvenile case files without required judicial authorization.

The class-action lawsuit, filed Tuesday in federal court by children identified as A.C., A.E.1 and A.E.2, names as defendants the county and two of its in-house civil lawyers, Erica Cortez and Kate Jones. It asks the court for class-action certification and other relief including an injunction, unspecified damages and legal fees and costs. A.C., A.E.1 and A.E.2 are am...

September 27, 2018

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved a $3-million settlement of two lawsuits filed by twin brothers who were placed in foster care with a man who admitted he sexually abused them. The victims' attorney said his clients hope the settlement and publicity about the case will help prevent similar abuses in the county's foster care system.


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