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Case Name Holguin v. County of Los Angeles JC-CA-0115
Docket / Court 2:10-cv-08011-GW-PLA ( C.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Special Collection California's Prisoners' Rights Bar article
Attorney Organization Hadsell, Stormer & Renick
Case Summary
On October 25, 2010, an inmate at the LA County Men's Central Jail filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The plaintiff sued Los Angeles County under 42 U.S.C. §1983. Represented by private counsel, he sought damages for alleged violations of the ... read more >
On October 25, 2010, an inmate at the LA County Men's Central Jail filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The plaintiff sued Los Angeles County under 42 U.S.C. §1983. Represented by private counsel, he sought damages for alleged violations of the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, as well as California state law. Specifically, the plaintiff claimed that sheriff deputies used excessive force when the deputies beat him while he was handcuffed. The unprovoked attack caused severe injuries.

On May 23, 2011, Magistrate Judge Paul L. Abrams issued an order compelling the disclosure of some discovery material requested by the plaintiff but also denying portions of the request.

On October 12, 2011, Magistrate Abrams granted the defendants' motion for a protective to stop the deposition of one party witness and one nonparty witness, but did denied the defendants' motion for two other nonparty witnesses. 2011 WL 7128640 (C.D. Cal. Oct. 12, 2011).

On December 15, 2011, the defendants filed a motion for summary judgment on twelve separate grounds, including that all of the defendants were entitled to qualified immunity. On February 23, 2012, Judge George H. Wu circulated a tentative ruling denying in part and granting in part the motion for summary judgement. Judge Wu allowed the parties to file three-page briefs regarding the points raised in the tentative ruling. In particular, Judge Wu denied the defendants qualified immunity. On April 12, 2012, Judge Wu issued a final ruling granting in part and denying in part the motion for summary judgment, including denying qualified immunity.

On May 9, 2012, defendants filed an interlocutory appeal of the denial of qualified immunity in the tentative rulings filed in February and March, 2012. On June 29, 2012, the parties agreed to a stipulated stay pending the appeal, and on July 6, 2012, Judge Wu granted the stay.

While the appeal was pending, the parties settled the case and agreed to dismiss the case with prejudice on April 1, 2013. The LA County Sheriff's Department agreed to pay $475,000. The settlement has not been made public. The Ninth Circuit dismissed the case because the settlement mooted the appeal. On April 3, 2013, the district court dismissed the case with prejudice.

In December 2013, one of the deputies (Deputy Fernando Luviano) who beat the plaintiff was included in a group of 18 L.A. County Sheriff's Department employees federally indicted in criminal cases alleging various types of misconduct, including abusing inmates and visitors and trying to intimidate a federal agent. (He was not indicted for this incident but for other later incidents of abuse.) The L.A. Times reports that he was convicted and sentenced to seven years in prison.

Jessica Kincaid - 01/06/2016


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Unreasonable search and seizure
Defendant-type
Corrections
General
Assault/abuse by staff
Excessive force
Failure to discipline
Failure to supervise
Failure to train
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Los Angeles County
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
Plaintiff Description Inmate at LA County Men's Central Jail
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Hadsell, Stormer & Renick
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Damages
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Private Settlement Agreement
Order Duration 2013 - n/a
Case Closing Year 2013
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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Case Studies After Decision: Implementation of Judicial Decrees in Correctional Settings
Written: Oct. 01, 1977
By: M. Kay Harris & Dudley P. Spiller (Temple University)
Citation: (1977)
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Docket(s)
2:10-cv-8011 (C.D. Cal.) 04/03/2013
JC-CA-0115-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint for Damages 10/25/2010
JC-CA-0115-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
First Amended Complaint for Damages 02/09/2011
JC-CA-0115-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Re: Plaintiff's Motion to Compel Discovery 05/23/2011 (C.D. Cal.)
JC-CA-0115-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Re: Defendants' Ex Parte Application for Protective Order 10/12/2011 (2011 WL 7128640) (C.D. Cal.)
JC-CA-0115-0004.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendants' Notice of Interlocutory Appeal of Denial of Qualified Immunity 05/09/2012
JC-CA-0115-0005.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order 04/01/2013
JC-CA-0115-0006.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order to Dismiss with Prejudice 04/03/2013 (C.D. Cal.)
JC-CA-0115-0007.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Abrams, Paul L. (C.D. Cal.) [Magistrate]
JC-CA-0115-0003 | JC-CA-0115-0004 | JC-CA-0115-9000
Wu, George H. (C.D. Cal.)
JC-CA-0115-0007 | JC-CA-0115-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Ellis, Lincoln Wolf (California)
JC-CA-0115-9000
Keeny, Christy Virginia (California)
JC-CA-0115-0001 | JC-CA-0115-0002 | JC-CA-0115-9000
Panuco, Cindy (California)
JC-CA-0115-9000
Richardson, Anne (California)
JC-CA-0115-9000
Stormer, Dan Lewis (California)
JC-CA-0115-0001 | JC-CA-0115-0002 | JC-CA-0115-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Allen, Matthew Philip (California)
JC-CA-0115-9000
Gonzales, Dennis Michael (California)
JC-CA-0115-0005 | JC-CA-0115-9000
Kim, Christopher Taewoo (California)
JC-CA-0115-0005 | JC-CA-0115-9000
Oyster, Nathan A (California)
JC-CA-0115-9000
Sakai, Raymond W. (California)
JC-CA-0115-0005 | JC-CA-0115-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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