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April 30, 1998 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Even Hank Cousine admits that he's not the sort of fellow you would expect to find suing the Los Angeles Police Department for excessive force. On the other hand, having been labeled as one of the department's 44 "problem" officers by the Christopher Commission several years ago, perhaps he is something of an expert on the topic. "I've never been on this side of the table before," Cousine said in an interview this week, noting the irony in his status as victim and plaintiff.
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April 14, 2010 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
A Los Angeles jury Tuesday found in favor of Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles and two doctors in a $19-million civil lawsuit filed by a Tujunga man who said they had operated on his infant son without his consent. Eduardo Rivas, 43, sued in Los Angeles County Superior Court in June, alleging that doctors had operated on his 6-month-old son, Nathan, to repair a double hernia in 2007 after he had refused permission. After the surgery, Nathan, who was born four months premature and arrived at the hospital with a nasal breathing tube, became dependent on a ventilator and feeding tube, according to Rivas' Beverly Hills-based lawyer, Nathaniel Friedman.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 1995 | KAY HWANGBO
A lawsuit has been filed against the city of Los Angeles by a Chatsworth couple who were ordered to remove about 800 emus and ostriches from their farm last fall. David and Monica Mohilef filed the complaint, which alleges violation of their constitutional right to due process, on April 7. In October, a city zoning panel ordered the Mohilefs to remove their flightless fowl, saying that dust, feathers and odors from the farm were creating an undue hardship for their Monteria Estates neighbors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 2001 | JILL LEOVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Attorneys with the American Civil Liberties Union said Thursday that they have reached a settlement with the city of Los Angeles on behalf of seven journalists who said they were assaulted by police officers while covering the 2000 Democratic National Convention. According to the terms of the settlement, the city and the LAPD will recognize journalists' right to cover public protests even if there is a declaration of unlawful assembly and an order to disperse is issued.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 17, 1994
Two Los Angeles police officers have filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against the city and the Los Angeles Police Department, accusing the department of harassing and discriminating against gay and lesbian officers and failing to implement administrative reforms ordered by the City Council in 1993 to settle an earlier lawsuit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 1993
A lawsuit filed by a woman against the city over injuries suffered in last year's riots has been dismissed by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge. At least four other similar suits have been dismissed because of state codes saying that government is not required to provide protection for citizens. Soon Ja Kim's suit argued that Los Angeles police breached that immunity when officers promised to help her after she was shot, but then left her in a parking lot.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 1994 | LISA RESPERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A movie stunt that resulted in the death of a Paramount Studios stuntwoman is being investigated by the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration, a state official said Tuesday. Stuntwoman Sonya Davis landed on the corner of an air bag after she leaped several stories from a building this month. Part of Davis' body hit the pavement, leaving her critically injured. She died of her injuries Nov. 16.
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March 21, 1993 | HENRY WEINSTEIN and PAUL FELDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A tale of international intrigue is unfolding in a tiny Burbank courtroom where a San Fernando Valley man is seeking damages from the Los Angeles Police Department for allegedly ruining a multimillion-dollar deal to sell a high-tech, hand-held machine gun to foreign governments.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 1999 | PATRICK MCGREEVY
The City Council voted Tuesday to pay $950,000 to settle a lawsuit by a man who was shot by an LAPD officer in Van Nuys in 1995. Peter Williams sued the city for injuries suffered in the shooting by LAPD Det. Greg Yacoubian in an alley off Victory Boulevard near the Tattoo Emporium where Williams worked. Williams' boss got into a fistfight with a customer, according to a report by the city attorney's office, and Williams picked up a hammer to help his employer.
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July 8, 1991 | VICTOR MERINA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Volker's mission was to find a fleeing gang member who had taken part in a pre-dawn shooting in Hollywood and slipped away. But when Volker, a German shepherd in the Los Angeles Police Department's K-9 unit, emerged from a nearby toolshed, his jaws were locked around the arm of someone other than the gunman. Hortencio Torres, 25, had been living in the shed, and he had nothing to do with the 1988 shooting incident.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 2001 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A coalition of homeowner activists has sued Los Angeles, claiming the city's plan to accommodate 611,000 more residents by the year 2010 fails to adequately protect existing Angelenos from traffic gridlock, an attorney said Monday. The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court by the Federation of Hillside and Canyon Assns. and the Coalition Against the Pipeline, also alleges the city has insufficient water, sewage facilities and open space to accommodate the city's projected growth.
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September 8, 2001 | ANNA GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The family of a man who was killed in July by an off-duty Los Angeles police officer filed a $10-million claim for damages Friday against the city of Los Angeles and the Police Department. Relatives of 25-year-old Maziar Badie allege that LAPD Officer Edward Stepanian was suffering from psychological problems when he shot Badie to death in an empty parking lot in the middle of the night. The four-year department veteran, who had left work shortly before the 4 a.m.
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August 10, 2001 | KURT STREETER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Demanding that Los Angeles police change their crowd-control tactics, the ACLU filed a federal lawsuit Thursday, charging that the department illegally and brutally stifled protesters' rights to free speech and assembly at last year's Democratic National Convention and a follow-up demonstration in October.
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August 2, 2001 | MATEA GOLD and JEFFREY L. RABIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Construction giant Tutor-Saliba Corp. was ordered Wednesday to pay more than $29.5 million for assorted acts of business misconduct related to Los Angeles' long-troubled subway system, a damage award that could hamper the firm's ability to land future public works jobs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 2001 | GEORGE RAMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The family of a young man killed in a 1999 traffic accident on Silver Lake Boulevard at the Hollywood Freeway has agreed to drop its $25-million wrongful-death lawsuit against several area volunteer groups and the city of Los Angeles, officials said Thursday. The family of Kwang Min Kim, 20, had named the Silver Lake Chamber of Commerce, the Silver Lake Improvement Assn., the Silver Lake Residents Assn.
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July 4, 2001 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He calls himself "the world's fastest painter." So no wonder Adam Geld didn't waste any time when police painted him into a corner in Hollywood. Geld was whipping out one of his finished-in-four-minutes acrylic scenes when Los Angeles police officers made their own scene--arresting him for blocking the Hollywood Boulevard sidewalk and handcuffing him on the spot. Run-ins with police had been common for Geld.
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March 31, 1987 | JAN KLUNDER, Times Staff Writer
A Superior Court jury on Monday awarded $26,184 to a Burbank woman who a judge ruled was wrongly arrested and jailed for four days after she said a "psychic vision" enabled her to lead Los Angeles police to the body of a slain nurse. "I'm just relieved that it's over and that I've been vindicated in the public eye," Etta Louise Smith said. Smith, a 39-year-old mother of three, sued Los Angeles, alleging that police lacked sufficient evidence to arrest her in the nurse's beating death.
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April 16, 1996 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
A federal civil rights lawsuit was filed Monday against 13 members of a controversial Los Angeles Police Department unit, accusing them of trying to kill a man they had tailed and allowed to rob a liquor store in Newbury Park last year. Attorneys Stephen Yagman of Venice and Richard H. Milliard of Los Angeles accused the officers of shooting Robert Cunningham with shotguns and handguns with the intent of killing him on June 26, 1995.
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June 22, 2001 | GREG KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal court jury Thursday ordered the city of Los Angeles to pay $3.6 million to a longtime city employee who was fired after giving key testimony against the city in a costly police overtime case. After just more than four hours of deliberation, the eight-person jury also found Police Chief Bernard C. Parks and Cmdr. Daniel Watson, the department's ombudsman, personally liable for $500,000 and $250,000, respectively, in punitive damages.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 2001 | NANCY CLEELAND and TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Recreation assistants who run after-school, preschool and sports programs at dozens of centers scattered around Los Angeles plan to sue the city today, charging that they have been routinely forced to work off the clock to keep their low-wage jobs. Eight workers are named in the suit, which seeks class-action status covering 2,500 current and former employees. Several of the plaintiffs have held their jobs for more than a decade, occasionally filling in as center directors for no extra pay.
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