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Case Name Multi-Ethnic Immigrant Workers Organizing Network v. City of Los Angeles FA-CA-0002
Docket / Court 2:07-cv-03072-AHM-FFM ( C.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Speech and Religious Freedom
Attorney Organization MALDEF
Case Summary
On May 9, 2007 organizations and individuals present at a May 1st immigration rally in MacArthur Park in Los Angeles, CA filed suit against the City of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Police Department in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The plaintiffs, represented by ... read more >
On May 9, 2007 organizations and individuals present at a May 1st immigration rally in MacArthur Park in Los Angeles, CA filed suit against the City of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Police Department in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, included the Multi-ethnic Immigrant Workers Organizing Network, the Korean Immigrant Workers Alliance, the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights Los Angeles, IDESPCA, Pilipino Workers Center, Garment Workers Center, and numerous individuals. The plaintiffs alleged that the LAPD used excessive force in trying to disperse the rally, therefore violating the U.S. Constitution's 1st, 4th, and 14th amendments, the California Constitution, and California Civil Code § 52.1. The plaintiffs sought declaratory and injunctive relief, along with damages.

On January 8, 2008, District Court Judge Howard Matz certified a class for both structural relief and monetary relief. The certification for structural relief included anyone who engaged or may engage in peaceful demonstrations in LA, and who at the time of the demonstration were or are: (1) one of the plaintiff organizations; (2) officers and representatives of the plaintiffs' organizations, including people who participate in the Plaintiffs' organizations' events; (3) other organizations who advocate and/or organize on behalf of individuals' right to free speech and assembly; and (4) people who participate in events put on by the organizations described in (3). The certification for monetary relief included any persons present at the May 1, 2007 rally between 5-7pm who did not engage in conduct justifying the LAPD's use of force, and who were subject to the force or other unlawful police activity.

The parties worked with Magistrate Judge Carla Woehile to negotiate a settlement agreement. On March 19, 2009, the court granted preliminary approval of a settlement agreement. The settlement created a class fund of $250,000 for unrepresented class members, and a represented individuals fund of $12,550,000 for the individual plaintiffs named in the suit. The agreement also stipulated an award of the class attorney's fees of $3,753,000. Judge Matz granted final approval of the settlement agreement on June 23, 2009 and dismissed the suit with prejudice. The structural relief order, issued by Judge Mantz on June 24, 2009, restricted the LAPD from interfering with individuals' right to free speech for any reasons other than protecting public safety or public health, and required LAPD officers to issue a Declaration of Unlawful Assembly before taking any action. The relief order also placed restrictions on the methods of disbursement the LAPD may use, including limiting the use of less lethal weapons, batons, motorcycles and low-flying helicopters that would interfere with the demonstrators' right to free speech. Aside from these restrictions on use of force, the order stipulated that LAPD officers undergo annual training on proper crowd control policies and techniques.

Sharon Brett - 11/20/2009


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Freedom of speech/association
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action State law
42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) City of Los Angeles
Plaintiff Description Individuals present at an immigration rally on May 5, 2007 in MacArthur Park in Los Angeles, CA
Indexed Lawyer Organizations MALDEF
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2009
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
2:07-cv-03072-AHM-FFM (C.D. Cal.) 06/24/2009
FA-CA-0002-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Original Complaint 05/09/2007 (2007 WL 1686092)
FA-CA-0002-0001 PDF | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Answer of Defendants to Complaint filed by Plaintiffs 06/27/2007 (2007 WL 2777686)
FA-CA-0002-0002 PDF | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Defendants Cayler Carter and Louis Gray's Answer to 1st Amended Complaint 08/10/2007 (2007 WL 2777685)
FA-CA-0002-0003 PDF | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Minutes of chamber meeting re: Class Certification 12/14/2007
FA-CA-0002-0006 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Minutes from chamber meeting re: Class Certification 01/08/2008
FA-CA-0002-0007 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Settlement Agreement 03/19/2009 (2009 WL 1043788)
FA-CA-0002-0004 PDF | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Preliminary Approval Order 03/19/2009 (2009 WL 1065072) (C.D. Cal.)
FA-CA-0002-0008 PDF | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Structural Relief Order 06/22/2009
FA-CA-0002-0011 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Final Order of Approval of Class Settlement and Consent Judgment 06/23/2009
FA-CA-0002-0009 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Awarding Class Counsel Fees and Costs 06/23/2009 (C.D. Cal.)
FA-CA-0002-0010 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Structural Relief Order 06/24/2009 (C.D. Cal.)
FA-CA-0002-0005 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Matz, A. Howard (C.D. Cal.)
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Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Anderson-Barker, Cynthia M. (California)
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Campbell, Kristina Michelle (California)
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Cook, Donald W. (California)
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De Simone, V James (California)
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DeSimone, James (California)
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Ford, Christopher Brandt (California)
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Garcia, Adalila (California)
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Gonzalez, Jorge (California)
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Gonzalves, Annabelle (California)
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Herrera, Luz (California)
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Hoffman, Paul L. (California)
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Koerner, Samantha (California)
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Limon, Gladys (California)
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Litt, Barrett S. (California)
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Mann, Robert Frederick (California)
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Myers, Robert M (California)
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Orange, Olu K (California)
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Ramirez, Nancy A. (California)
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Rodriguez, Antonio (California)
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Schonbrun, Benjamin (California)
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Sobel, Carol A. (California)
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Suarez, Guillermo (California)
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Thornton, Rebecca F (California)
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Valenzuela, Cynthia Ann (California)
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Yates, Gregory A. (California)
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Defendant's Lawyers Brente, Cory M. (California)
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Claessens, Michael J (California)
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Delgadillo, Rockard (California)
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Ferguson, Peter J (California)
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Hayward, Todd (California)
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Plowden, Geoffrey R (California)
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Other Lawyers Carrillo, Luis (California)
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Douglas, Carl (California)
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Ellison, Ellen Hammill (California)
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Hernandez, Leo (California)
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Krass, Louis (California)
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Pintar, Susan (California)
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Segall-Gutierrez, Jamie (California)
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Yates, Gregg Paris (California)
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