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Case Name Trujillo v. City of Ontario PN-CA-0017
Docket / Court 5:04-cv-01015-VAP-PJW ( C.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Policing
Attorney Organization ACLU of Southern California
Hadsell, Stormer & Renick
Case Summary
On August 13, 2004, employees of the Ontario Police Department filed suit against the City of Ontario, CA and the Ontario Police Department pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983, the 4th Amendment, California Constitution Article 1 § 1, and the common law tort of invasion of privacy. The suit was filed in ... read more >
On August 13, 2004, employees of the Ontario Police Department filed suit against the City of Ontario, CA and the Ontario Police Department pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983, the 4th Amendment, California Constitution Article 1 § 1, and the common law tort of invasion of privacy. The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, and both private counsel and the ACLU of Southern California represented the plaintiffs. Plaintiffs alleged that the Police Department's installation of a video camera in the men's locker room violated their privacy rights, and sought compensatory and punitive damages.

On April 14, 2005, the District Court (Judge Virginia Phillips) certified a class of all employees or volunteers at the Ontario Police Department who used the men's locker room during the time the video camera was installed and were recorded by the equipment. A year later, Judge Phillips ruled that the video camera installation violated the 4th amendment, and that issues of fact remained on the other two causes of action. 428 F. Supp. 2d 1094 (C.D. Cal. 2006). The defendants appealed the trial court's refusal to grant the officers qualified immunity, and the Ninth Circuit affirmed the trial court's denial of qualified immunity. 270 Fed. Appx. 518 (9th Cir. 2008). The case was set to proceed to trial.

On the morning of the scheduled first day of trial, the parties announced they had reached a settlement. On March 16, 2009 the plaintiffs moved for preliminary approval of the class action settlement; two months later, the court granted preliminary approval, pending consideration of any objections by class members.. Under the settlement Ontario paid $1.54 million to class members, and $1.21 million in attorneys' fees and costs. The settlement was "non-reversionary," meaning that even if only a few class members actually claimed the damages they were promised, Ontario was still obligated to pay the entire agreed-upon amount. On August 24, 2009, the court granted final approval of the settlement and dismissed the case with prejudice.

Sharon Brett - 11/20/2009


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Unreasonable search and seizure
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action State law
42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) City of Ontario
Plaintiff Description Employees of City of Ontario Police Department
Indexed Lawyer Organizations ACLU of Southern California
Hadsell, Stormer & Renick
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 2006 - n/a
Case Closing Year 2009
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Federal Enforcement of Police Reform
By: Stephen Rushin (University of Illinois College of Law, University of California, Berkeley - Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program )
Citation: 82 Fordham Law Review 3189 (2014)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Panopticism for Police: Structural Reform Bargaining and Police Regulation by Data-Driven Surveillance
By: Mary D. Fan (University of Washington)
Citation: Forthcoming, 87 Washington L. Rev. __ (2012).
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  What Happens When Police Are Forced to Reform?
Written: Nov. 13, 2015
By: Kimbriell Kelly, Sarah Childress and Steven Rich (Frontline/Post)
Citation: Washington Post (Nov. 13, 2015)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
5:04-cv-1015-VAP-PJW (C.D. Cal.) 10/10/2009
PN-CA-0017-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
First Amended Complaint for Damages 10/28/2004
PN-CA-0017-0001.pdf | Detail
Order Granting Plaintiffs' Motion for Class Certification 04/14/2005 (C.D. Cal.)
PN-CA-0017-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Denying in Part and Granting in Part Plaintiffs' and Defendants' Motions for Summary Judgment 04/14/2006 (428 F.Supp.2d 1094) (C.D. Cal.)
PN-CA-0017-0003.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order 03/10/2008 (269 Fed.Appx. 683)
PN-CA-0017-0013.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Opinion - Affirming District Court's Denial of Immunity 04/07/2008 (270 Fed.Appx. 518)
PN-CA-0017-0011.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order re: interim attorneys fees 05/13/2008
PN-CA-0017-0012.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiffs' Motion for Preliminary Approval of Class Action Settlement 03/16/2009
PN-CA-0017-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Exhibit 1 to Motion for Settlement 03/16/2009
PN-CA-0017-0006.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Joint Stipulation of Class Action Settlement and Release 05/14/2009
PN-CA-0017-0005.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order re: Joint Stipulation of Class Action Settlement and Release 05/14/2009 (C.D. Cal.)
PN-CA-0017-0007.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Conditionally Granting Motion Regarding Attorneys' Fees and Costs 06/11/2009 (C.D. Cal.)
PN-CA-0017-0008.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order re: Settlement Check Distribution to Class Members 08/19/2009 (C.D. Cal.)
PN-CA-0017-0009.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Granting Final Approval of Settlement 08/24/2009 (2009 WL 2632723) (C.D. Cal.)
PN-CA-0017-0010.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Leighton, Ronald B. (W.D. Wash.)
PN-CA-0017-0011 | PN-CA-0017-0012 | PN-CA-0017-0013
Phillips, Virginia A. (C.D. Cal.) [Magistrate]
PN-CA-0017-0002 | PN-CA-0017-0003 | PN-CA-0017-0007 | PN-CA-0017-0008 | PN-CA-0017-0009 | PN-CA-0017-0010 | PN-CA-0017-9000
Pregerson, Harry (Ninth Circuit, C.D. Cal.)
PN-CA-0017-0011 | PN-CA-0017-0012 | PN-CA-0017-0013
Walsh, Patrick J. (C.D. Cal.) [Magistrate]
PN-CA-0017-9000
Wardlaw, Kim McLane (Ninth Circuit, C.D. Cal.)
PN-CA-0017-0011 | PN-CA-0017-0012 | PN-CA-0017-0013
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bahan, Della (California)
PN-CA-0017-0001 | PN-CA-0017-9000
Batra, Puja (District of Columbia)
PN-CA-0017-0001 | PN-CA-0017-9000
Bibring, Peter (California)
PN-CA-0017-0001 | PN-CA-0017-0004 | PN-CA-0017-0005 | PN-CA-0017-0007 | PN-CA-0017-9000
Dammeier, Dieter C (California)
PN-CA-0017-0001 | PN-CA-0017-9000
Eliasberg, Peter J. (California)
PN-CA-0017-0001 | PN-CA-0017-0004 | PN-CA-0017-0005 | PN-CA-0017-0006 | PN-CA-0017-0007 | PN-CA-0017-9000
McGill, Michael A (California)
PN-CA-0017-0001 | PN-CA-0017-9000
Richardson, Anne (California)
PN-CA-0017-0004 | PN-CA-0017-0005 | PN-CA-0017-0007 | PN-CA-0017-9000
Sainath, Radhika (California)
PN-CA-0017-0004
Stormer, Dan Lewis (California)
PN-CA-0017-0004 | PN-CA-0017-0005 | PN-CA-0017-0006 | PN-CA-0017-0007 | PN-CA-0017-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Brustowicz, Celeste (California)
PN-CA-0017-0005 | PN-CA-0017-0006 | PN-CA-0017-0007 | PN-CA-0017-0009 | PN-CA-0017-9000
Disenhouse, Bruce E (California)
PN-CA-0017-0005 | PN-CA-0017-0006 | PN-CA-0017-0007 | PN-CA-0017-9000
Martin, Linda Bernatz (California)
PN-CA-0017-9000
Rinos, Dimitrios C. (California)
PN-CA-0017-0006 | PN-CA-0017-0007 | PN-CA-0017-0009
Tundis, Mark John (California)
PN-CA-0017-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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