Damage claims under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 – and really any personal injury claims — are broken down into two categories: economic and noneconomic damages. Pain and suffering, mental anguish, and loss of consortium are commonly sought in large numbers as noneconomic damages to enhance a plaintiff’s out-of-pocket damages. Prior to 1986, a plaintiff could
Pamela K. Graham
Senior Counsel at Colantuono, Highsmith & Whatley, PC, and member of the firm’s Litigation practice group and Chair of its Public Safety Liability Defense practice group. Her practice covers a wide range, including class action defense, municipal finance and public revenues, employment law, and police and other public agency defense litigation. She is a member of the California Municipal Law Handbook editorial board, and has served as a pro bono advocate in special education and adoption matters for the Alliance for Children’s Rights for over a decade.
Whaddya gotta do to get a lawsuit around here?
This week, the Los Angeles Court of Appeal decided an important case upholding the requirement that a plaintiff who wishes to challenge an assessment under Proposition 218 must exhaust administrative remedies before suit. In Hill RHF Housing Partners, L.P. v. City of Los Angeles, et al., the Court held that to challenge adoption…
SCOTUS passes on qualified immunity reform, but stay tuned!
If you’ve tuned in to any local or national news this week, you know that police reform remains a hot topic. We remain committed to updating you on the latest case reports, court updates, and recent legislation. Check back soon, because this story keeps evolving!
We reported a few weeks ago that the U.S. Supreme…
Can you keep up? Police reform on the table this week
Along with the rest of the country, CHW’s Public Safety Liability Defense Practice is closely monitoring recent developments and proposals for police reform. These issues affect our public agency clients, and we will continue to update our readers here, via our newsletter and via bulletin editions of the newsletter.
At the state level, Governor Newsom…