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Case Name Prison Legal News v. Los Angeles County JC-CA-0061
Docket / Court BS119336 ( State Court )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Special Collection Prison Legal News
Attorney Organization Rosen, Bien, Galvan & Grunfeld
Case Summary
On March 3rd, 2009, Prison Legal News (PLN), a project of the non-profit Human Rights Defense Center that reports on criminal justice issues and prison and jail-related civil litigation with an emphasis on prisoners' rights, filed this lawsuit in the Superior Court for the County of Los Angeles ... read more >
On March 3rd, 2009, Prison Legal News (PLN), a project of the non-profit Human Rights Defense Center that reports on criminal justice issues and prison and jail-related civil litigation with an emphasis on prisoners' rights, filed this lawsuit in the Superior Court for the County of Los Angeles. The plaintiff sued Los Angeles County, the Office of County Counsel, and the Sheriff’s Department under the California Public Records Act (California Government Code § 6253(a)). The plaintiff sought both declaratory and injunctive relief requiring county officials to comply with the Act. Specifically, the plaintiff alleged that, in 2007, Los Angeles County had stopped regularly releasing records related to settlements and verdicts from tort, over-detention, and civil rights claims involving both jail detainees and employees.

In response, the defendants argued first that some of the requested records may be exempt from disclosure and also that it would not be "reasonably possible" to conduct a search for the relevant requested documents. However, though the plaintiff claimed it had expressed willingness to work with the county to produce these records in a reasonable manner, the county still did not release any of the requested information to the public, thus resulting in this lawsuit. Additional background information about the case is available here and here.

The defendant filed a motion to dismiss on September 3rd, 2009, which was granted by the court (Judge Susan Bryant-Deason) on September 10th, 2009. However, because we cannot locate the associated order or opinion, we do not know the grounds for dismissal. The case is now closed.

Sarah Du - 01/18/2018


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Defendant-type
Corrections
General
Records Disclosure
Plaintiff Type
Non-profit NON-religious organization
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action State law
Defendant(s) Los Angeles County
Plaintiff Description Prison Legal News (PLN), a project of the non-profit Human Rights Defense Center that reports on criminal justice issues and prison and jail-related civil litigation with an emphasis on prisoners' rights
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Rosen, Bien, Galvan & Grunfeld
Class action status sought No
Class action status outcome Not sought
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Filed 03/03/2009
Case Closing Year 2009
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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  Prison Legal News Homepage
Prison Legal News
By: Prison Legal News
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Court Docket(s)
State Trial Court
09/10/2009
BS119336
JC-CA-0061-9000.pdf | Detail
Source: Westlaw
General Documents
State Trial Court
01/01/2009
Verified Petition for Injunctive Relief and Declaratory Relief
JC-CA-0061-0001.pdf | External Link | Detail
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Plaintiff's Lawyers Khoury, Najeeb N. (California) show/hide docs
JC-CA-0061-9000
Rosen, Sanford Jay (California) show/hide docs
JC-CA-0061-0001 | JC-CA-0061-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Lehman, Jennifer (California) show/hide docs
JC-CA-0061-9000

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