A Riverside Superior Court judge upheld V. James DeSimone’s First Amendment rights to free speech involving a lawsuit filed on behalf of a family suing a UC Riverside fraternity over an alleged 2018 hazing death.
LOS ANGELES, July 19, 2023 — The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed and remanded a lower court’s decision which granted four LAPD officers qualified immunity in the 2020 death of Daniel Rivera. Rivera, 37, died at the scene when several officers applied force upon finding him in a semiconscious position lying face down at the bottom of a wash.
6:30 pm Saturday, May 13 – On the corner of Venice Blvd. and Cardiff Ave.
CULVER CITY, CALIF., May 11, 2023 – The family of Guillermo Medina will be joined by community activists at a peaceful vigil to be held to commemorate what would have been his 40th birthday as they seek justice for his death at the hands of Culver City Police.
Medina was unarmed and jogging away from where he had wrecked his car when he was shot in the back and killed on Dec. 18, 2022 by an officer with a military-style rifle.
“When somebody’s suffering from a mental health crisis, that’s a cry fro help. You’re there to help them, you’d not there to take their life“.
– Carmen Sabater
In 2019 V. James DeSimone Law achieved a $1.6 Million jury verdict for Nicole Birden, a black, female phlebotomist at UCLA Hospital (original press release). A new lawsuit filed March 10, 2023 alleges consistent retaliation since then. “UCLA’s harassment of and retaliation against these two women has been persistent, insidious, and illegal. This unlawful workplace behavior has been going on since at least 2015 and no one has yet been held to account…” DeSimone said.
Attorneys V. James DeSimone has recently had a new article published on https://attorneyatlawmagazine.com/. See the article “Elon Musk’s Twitter is the ‘Town Square’ Nobody Needs” here.
Culver City police officers shot an unarmed, mentally ill man by the name of Guillermo Medina in the back and failed to provide him with timely medical care that may have prevented his death, according to a federal wrongful death lawsuit filed by the man’s family Tuesday.
AP News: Widow’s suit: Unarmed mentally ill husband shot in back
NBC Los Angeles: Culver City Police Shot, Killed Fleeing Man Experiencing Mental Health Crisis, Lawsuit Alleges
Fox 11: Guillermo Medina: Family to file lawsuit against Culver City in deadly use of force arrest
San Diego Tribune: Widow’s suit: Unarmed mentally ill husband shot in back
San Francisco Gate: Widow’s suit: Unarmed mentally ill husband shot in back
My News LA: Family of Man Killed in Police Shooting Sue Culver City PD
KFI AM640: Family of Man Killed in Police Shooting Sue Culver City PD
K-Earth 101: Family of man killed in police shooting sue Culver City PD
Telemundo: La familia de un latino con discapacidad que murió baleado por la policía demanda a ciudad de California
Yahoo News: Widow’s suit: Unarmed mentally ill husband shot in back
Spectrum News 1: Widow’s suit: Unarmed mentally ill husband shot in back
Attorney V. James DeSimone Quoted in ‘breakdown’ in Police Protocols, see more here: (more…)
A teen’s appendix burst at Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall following days of staff dismissing the classic symptoms of acute appendicitis
Published on November 7th, 2022, “Everybody Should Know What a Job Pays”. Written by V. James DeSimone and live on celavoice.org. See full article here.
DeSimone is recognized by legal trade publications Lawdragon and the Los Angeles Daily Journal for outstanding achievements as a leading Plaintiff Employment & Civil Rights Lawyer, top Labor & Employment Attorney and top Plaintiff Attorney
LOS ANGELES, CALIF., Oct. 21, 2022 – Civil Rights Attorney V. James DeSimone is teaming up with nationally recognized Civil Rights Attorney Ben Crump in representing a security guard whose brutal arrest by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies was captured on a witness’ video that has gone viral. (more…)
Published on October 10th, 2022, “Pay Disclosure Laws on the Rise – Everybody Should Know What a Job Pays”. Written by V. James DeSimone and live on AttorneyAtLawMagazine.com. See full article here.
The presentation before dozens of CDCR staff is a unique part of a settlement agreement with the state over Shaylene Graves’ 2016 death
See our previous related press release here: State To Pay $3.5 Million in Inmate’s Killing at Women’s Prison
LOS ANGELES, Oct. 5, 2022 — A woman whose daughter was beaten to death by her cellmate inside the California Institution for Women in Chino will present her proposal, on Thursday, to prevent inmate partner violence to dozens of California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officials.
Sheri Graves, of Jurupa Valley, insisted the presentation be included in a settlement finalized with the CDCR in February after her daughter Shaylene Graves was beaten to death by her cellmate when their brief intimate relationship ended. Shaylene had just five weeks remaining on her sentence.
NY Daily News: Lawsuits against police over Texas school shooting would be challenging, legal experts say: “Unless police officers engaged in conduct that created the danger, they are usually immune for failing to intervene,” [said] DeSimone, who has brought lawsuits against police departments.
“It is unclear whether excluding job seekers from certain states is illegal”, DeSimone told DealBook, “because the laws are new and haven’t been tested in the courts“. The language in the Colorado postings “doesn’t seem to be discriminatory per se on the basis of a protected class, such as gender, but it could have an impact,” he said.
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4/19/22 Read Full Press Release: $1.5M Awarded in Damages Against OC Coroner’s Office
LA Times: The coroner said Frankie died, but he’s still alive. Now O.C. has to pay $1.5 million
CBS National: Jury awards family of man mistakenly declared dead $1.5 million. The wrong body was buried at “his” funeral.
The Epoch Times: Family That Buried Stranger Wins $1.5 Million in Case Against Orange County
AP News: Jury awards $1.5M in California mistaken body ID case
The Telegraph: Jury awards $1.5M in California mistaken body ID case
US News & World Report: Jury Awards $1.5M in California Mistaken Body ID Case
San Bernardino Sun: Orange County jury awards $1.5 million to family in coroner’s body misidentification case
Washington Examiner: California family awarded $1.5 million after coroner erroneously declared living man dead
Spectrum News 1: OC coroner said a man died, but he’s still alive; county now paying for the mistake
WRAL: California family awarded $1.5 million after wrongfully told their relative died
NY Daily News: California family receives $1.5M settlement after coroner’s mix-up had them burying wrong body
NBC: Family awarded $1.5 million for wrongly being told family member had died
Orange County Register (Subscription Required): Orange County Jury Awards $15 Million to Family in Coroners Body Misidentification Case
Article: More companies are relaxing their drug-testing rules. Here’s why “Post-pandemic, it’s a whole new world, and employers should tailor employment policies to shape their workplace as a welcoming place to work, while spelling out performance expectations and conduct policies.” – James DeSimone. Read More on BizJournals.com – Subscription may be required.
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has agreed to a $3.5 million settlement to compensate the mother and teenage son of a woman beaten to death by her cellmate inside the California Institution for Women in Chino.
Read full press release here: https://www.vjamesdesimonelaw.com/state-to-pay-3-5-million-in-inmates-killing-at-womens-prison/
Witness LA: In Wrongful Death Settlement, Family of Shaylene Graves Will Get $3.5 Million
My News LA: Lawsuit Settlement Intended to Instigate Prison `Safety Measures’
Patch: Lawsuit Settlement Intended to Instigate Prison `Safety Measures’
Press Enterprise: Lawsuit Settlement Intended to Instigate Prison `Safety Measures’
SB Sun: Lawsuit Settlement Intended to Instigate Prison `Safety Measures’
Lawsuit: A Riverside County employee died of Covid-19 he contracted at work; his supervisors ignored safety measures and repeated requests to work from home. See full press release here: Riverside County Employee Died of Covid-19, Family Alleges Supervisors Ignored Safety Measures
CNBC:Companies face a tangle of state policies following Supreme Court ruling against federal vaccine mandate
LA Times: Riverside County ignored pleas of at-risk worker who died of COVID-19, family’s lawsuit alleges
CBS: Family Of Riverside County Employee Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Over His Exposure To COVID-19 At Work
Newsweek: Attorney Calls Man’s Death After Contracting COVID at Work ‘Warning Sign’ for Businesses
MSN: Family Of Riverside County Employee Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Over His Exposure To COVID-19 At Work
Yahoo: Family Sues Riverside County For Loved One’s Death From COVID-19
Fox 11: Family accuses employer of making their loved one work on-site despite pleas to work remotely
Fox 10 Phoenix: Family accuses employer of making their loved one work on-site despite pleas to work remotely
NBC Palm Springs: Family Of Riverside County Member Who Died From COVID-19 Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Over Exposure To COVID-19 At Work
Telemundo: Demandan a condado de Riverside por muerte de empleado debido a complicaciones por COVID-19
La Opinión: Familia de empleado fallecido por COVID demandó al Condado de Riverside por presunta negligencia laboral
Press Enterprise: Riverside County Employees Covid-19 Death Could Have Been Prevented Lawsuit Alleges
The Mercury News: Riverside County Employees Covid-19 Death Could Have Been Prevented Lawsuit Alleges
Judge names HR staffing firm co-employer in ongoing suit headed to trial
LOS ANGELES, Calif., Dec. 15, 2021— A Miami, Florida, company providing human-resource services can be considered a co-employer, according to a ruling handed down by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge in a workplace sexual harassment lawsuit.
The New York resident, Andre Olivas, was pulled over for driving a rental truck he was unaware had expired tags. See Full Press Release Here.
A schizophrenic man was in crisis. Police directed a K-9 to maul his face, delayed first aid, withheld information from doctors and tossed him barely dressed in jail without medication, lawsuit says. See Full Press Release Here
Telemundo: Policía de Visalia enfrenta nueva demanda tras someter a un hombre con un K9
ABC: Lawsuit against Visalia police alleges excessive force after K-9 was used on mentally ill man
YourCentralValley.com: Visalia PD being sued after attorneys say K9 mauled schizophrenic man
V. James DeSimone provides expert commentary on Kyle Rittenhouse Trial in Newsweek and People Magazine.
U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Deja Harrison, 23, experienced race and gender discrimination when the manager denied her entry into the casino and called the police, the lawsuit states. The manager’s discriminatory bias was so profound, he even refused to scan her valid military ID, as caught on a now viral video of the encounter. Harrison is now represented by attorney James DeSimone – See full press release here.
Lawsuit: Managers refused to protect the security guard from a supervisor’s persistent threats and abuse – See full press release here.
The victim’s family is filing a lawsuit against the City of Stockton and the SPD Chief and Officers: See full press release here.
The legal trade publication, the Los Angeles Daily Journal, is honoring DeSimone in an upcoming special edition.
Family members, including the mother and son of Daniel Rivera, and DeSimone, a Los Angeles civil rights attorney, are set to speak at the protest in downtown Los Angeles. See full press release here.
Photojournalist Nicholas Stern was presenting his press credentials when officers fired on him for the first time.
LOS ANGELES, CALIF., May 3, 2021 – LAPD officers directly shot rubber bullets, tear gas bombs and pepper spray projectiles at unarmed and peaceful journalists during a George Floyd protest, and targeted journalists, according to a federal lawsuit to be filed Tuesday by a man attacked at the scene despite his press credentials.
KFI AM 640: Photographer Sues City
Company acted in conscious disregard of Maria Lopez’s health when they trumped up reasons to fire their top salesperson, knowing she had cancer
LOS ANGELES, CALIF., April 16, 2021 — An auto parts company violated fair employment laws so flagrantly in firing a woman for having cancer that her family was justly awarded punitive damages 30 times the economic damages she suffered, according to a California Court of Appeal ruling published April 15.
EDITORS & REPORTERS PRESS CONFERENCE (VIA ZOOM) 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 6th, 2021
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V. James DeSimone Law is proud to share the news that for the 5th Time (4 years in a row), principal Attorney James (“Jim”) has been honored as a Top 100 Super Lawyer for Southern California, across all practice areas. We are especially proud because our team achieved this as civil rights lawyers, remaining true to our ideals, representing the underdog and having truth and justice as our guide. We are still fighting the good fight and, indeed, there is still a lot of justice to be achieved. V. James DeSimone law continues to vigorously and compassionately advocate for our clients in police misconduct and excessive force cases, wrongful death, employment discrimination and harassment and personal, physical and emotional injury cases.
V. James DeSimone Law, represents 39-year-old Fahren James, a Black Lives Matter activist who was peacefully protesting May 30, 2020, during a George Floyd protest in Los Angeles. In response, the LAPD engaged in blatant police brutality by shooting her at point blank range with projectiles and hitting her repeatedly with a baton. The excessive force put Fahren in the hospital and left a permanent scar and hole in her stomach where metal fragments remain. V. James DeSimone Law held a press conference describing the police misconduct incident and the civil rights lawsuit to achieve justice for Ms. James.
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V. James DeSimone Law is representing 39-year-old Fahren James, a Black Lives Matter activist who was shot in the stomach and arm and hit repeatedly with a baton during a May 30, 2020, George Floyd protest in Los Angeles by Los Angeles police officers.
On May 30, 2020, Ms. James, an African American woman, gathered in West Hollywood to participate in a peaceful protest in a display of support for Black Lives Matter and the families and memory of Black and Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) deaths at the hands of law enforcement, in particular George Floyd.
According to Ms. James the LAPD officers at no time announced any order or command to her, nor were any general orders to disperse announced. She had turned away from the officers for a brief period of time when, without provocation, a female LAPD officer, struck her on her back with a baton. Ms. James turned toward the LAPD officer and asked why the officer struck her with the officer’s baton as she placed her arms in front of her to protect herself from further injury. The LAPD officer jabbed her in her torso and elbow with the baton multiple times. A male LAPD officer next to the female officer beating Ms. James with her baton held his gun that shot projectiles aimed at Ms. James. The male LAPD officer directly shot her twice from point-blank range with bullets that left metal fragments in her stomach. One shot struck Ms.James in the abdomen and another shot struck her under her left arm which she raised in vain to protect herself.
After shooting Ms. James, the officers provided no medical care or call for care for her as she stood on the sidewalk bleeding and bruised from the inflicted baton strikes and metal projectile blasts. She and other witnesses begged the officers to provide medical care or transportation to no avail. Ms. James’s injuries were so severe that she was hospitalized for several days. She continues to have metal fragments lodged in her stomach from the shots fired by the police officers along with noticeable scars.
Being “old school”, I read the Los Angeles Times newspaper every morning with my breakfast and coffee. While this legal battle is far from over, I will admit to getting a certain thrill in seeing the story and photo in the actual newspaper where it is today. We intend to get justice. LAPD, you can’t promote Officers who use excessive force and violate the constitutional rights of people and when you do, we will make you pay.
The Los Angeles Times highlights a legal battle against the LAPD where Jim DeSimone is fighting to have the City of Los Angeles and its Police Department held accountable for promoting its Officer after he was found to used excessive force and violated his client’s constitutional rights. Jim and his team won the underlying federal civil rights trial and achieved a nearly $900,000 civil rights judgment. The case exemplifies V. James DeSimone’s commitment to fighting police misconduct, police excessive force and for the respect of civil and constitutional rights.
V. James DeSimone argues in the 9th Circuit to hold the LAPD and City of Los Angeles accountable for promoting a police officer to Sergeant after he was found liable for the malicious use of excessive force and violation of the United State Constitution.
Attorney V. James DeSimone, featured on NPR for the article “Political Divisions Drive Police Brutality Lawsuit Settlements“.
Attorney V. James DeSimone, featured on “Comes A Time” Podcast.
NBC San Diego: Family Sues LAUSD After Boy Wasn’t Allowed to Use Bathroom
Press Release – “DG” – LAPD and Former Police Chief Liable for Police Brutality
Press Release – Judge Grants Trial in San Bernardino Sheriff Helicopter-Shooting
Press Release – V. James DeSimone Law Obtains $500,000 Punitive Damages
Press Release: Todd Williamson vs Villa Marina Marketplace
ABC7 – [VIDEO] Employee with cerebral palsy sues Marina del Rey mall
US News & World Report: LAPD Officer Won’t Face Charges in Killing of Unarmed Man
May, 5 2018 Rally: Brendon Glenn Memorial Rally
Orange County Coroner’s 2017 Body Mix-Up Even Worse Than Reported
Official Press Release: Click Here
OrangeCountyLawyers.com: Funeral for a Stranger
V. James DeSimone honored as a Top Labor and Employment Lawyer in the State of California
V. James DeSimone Law Achieves Top 20 Impact Jury Verdict in the State of California.
$7.4 million workplace violence, wrongful termination verdict upheld by Trial Judge in Yang v. Company.
L.A. to pay more than $8 million to settle lawsuits over deadly shootings by LAPD. Attorney V. James DeSimone Law achieves $4 million settlement for the family of Brendon Glenn. The wrongful death was caused by LAPD Police Officer Proctor’s unjustified, excessive, deadly force.
Jim DeSimone spoke at Los Angeles County Bar Seminar on Reasonable Accommodation in Employment
Jim DeSimone spoke at the Disability Rights Bar Association Conference on the topic of Gun Violence and Disabled Persons.
Jim DeSimone leads team to achieve $2.85 million police chokehold wrongful death settlement.
Attorney DeSimone interviewed by Fox 11 News regarding young man who was shot by a Sheriff.
Jim DeSimone honored as a Top Labor and Employment Lawyer in California by the Los Angeles Daily Law Journal.
Police Commission Finds Shooting by LAPD Police Officer Unjustified. Civil Rights Attorney Jim DeSimone speaks out on behalf of the family of Brendon Glenn.
San Bernardino family seeks justice for life long injuries caused by police helicopter shooting on a crowded freeway.
UPDATE May 11, 2016: San Bernandino Sheriff Faces Suit for Crash During High-Speed Chase
Lawsuit: Female inmates in Newport Beach are unfairly treated.
UPDATE May 9, 2016: Lawsuit accuses Newport of violating women’s civil rights in jail booking
Jim DeSimone Law files federal and state civil rights lawsuit alleging wrongful death against LAPD officer
Jim DeSimone to speak on Civil Rights Law on January 17 at Loyola Law School, sponsored by the Mexican American Bar Association
DeSimone achieves $2.5 million settlement on behalf of family of mentally ill student shot and killed by campus police.
Jim DeSimone awarded California Civil Rights Lawyer of the Year by California Lawyer
V. James DeSimone Wins Case of Defamation, Achieving a $1.5 Million Verdict
Jim DeSimone achieved $1.2 million civil rights and harassment verdict when asylum officer demanded sexual favors and money from two Chinese asylum applicants
Attorney Jim DeSimone to Speak at Santa Monica Bar on Secrets to Success at Trial in Civil Rights Excessive Force Cases
James DeSimone honored as Top Lawyer in Southern California
Jim DeSimone and Client Allen Harris to hold Press Conference against LAPD Police Brutality on November 13, 2012, 10:00 a.m. Courthouse Steps Los Angeles Superior Court 111 N. Hill Street, Los Angeles California
Jim DeSimone Achieves $1,686,000 Police Misconduct Jury Verdict: LAPD Officer Found Liable for Excessive Force, Violation of Civil Rights and Punitive Damage
V. James DeSimone Honored as Top Twenty Plaintiff Employment Lawyers in the State of California by Daily Journal
Class action lawsuit against the Angels and City of Anaheim Regarding Disability Discrimination
V. James DeSimone Represents Client in Excessive Force Case Resulting in $160,000 Verdict
Immigrants Can Sue Over Sexual Assaults
V. James DeSimone Honored as Top 10 Plaintiff Employment Lawyers in the State of California by Daily Journal
Woman Awarded $2.1 Million for Walgreens Arrest
Jury Convicts Ex-INS Official of Trying to Trade Asylum for Sex
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