L.A. County Approves $6 Million Settlement in DCFS Case

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.

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