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May 2004

Morgan v. Amtrak

By | May 29th, 2004|Signature Cases|

On June 10, 2002, WE WON Morgan v. Amtrak!!!! In a historic decision, Justice Clarence Thomas and the United States Supreme Court affirmed the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision in favor of Abner Morgan, Jr., an African-American electrician who suffered racial discrimination, racial harassment and retaliation at Amtrak’s Oakland Yard. To hear [...]

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March 2017

Sex Trafficking Fight – Rescuing Jasmine

By | March 30th, 2017|Signature Cases|

Since May 2016, the citizens of the Bay Area have been shocked and appalled by revelations of the abuse of power by Bay Area police officers.  The accused officers are in 6 different law enforcement agencies.  The central figure caught in the eye of the storm is a teenage girl.  She says that she [...]

January 2017

Underwood v. CDCR

By | January 29th, 2017|Signature Cases|

Jury doesn’t buy department’s claim of affair with supervisor By Jess Sullivan November 19, 2007 18:10 Ex-prison guard awarded $1 million in harassment suit FAIRFIELD – In Underwood v. CDCR, a former guard at California State Prison, Solano in Vacaville was awarded more than $1 million by a jury Monday for her sexual harassment [...]

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Tonsa B. v. City of Oakland

By | January 29th, 2017|Signature Cases|

Tonsa B. v. City of Oakland was the second of a pair of shocking high profile sexual harassment cases against the City of Oakland.  The case settled for $750,000.  Tonsa B. (a pseudonym), began her first job at age 15 when she was hired by Clayton Collins as his clerical assistant in 1996. Tonsa B. [...]

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April 2016

Davis v. Alameda County

By | April 12th, 2016|Signature Cases|

In Davis v. Alameda County, on Thursday, December 15, 2011, a jury awarded $528,957 to Plaintiff Freddie Davis in her employment retaliation case against the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department.  The jury found Captain James E. Ayala liable for retaliation against Ms. Davis. Freddie Davis has lived a life dedicated to the advancement of civil rights [...]

Bumphus v. Timec

By | April 12th, 2016|Signature Cases|

On June 18, 1998, after eight days of trial, in Bumphus v. Timec, a federal court jury awarded $905,000 to John Bumphus against Timec Corporation. The jury vindicated Mr. Bumphus’ emotional three-year struggle against Timec. Timec provides maintenance, turnaround, and construction services to oil and gas, industrial, and utility customers in the United States. The [...]

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January 2017

Stevenson v. County of Sacramento

By | January 29th, 2017|Signature Cases|

On June 24, 2005, in Stevenson v. County of Sacramento, a federal jury of returned a unanimous verdict in favor of Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department Detective Elaine Stevenson. The jury found that Craig Hill, Detective Stevenson’s Sergeant in the Homicide Bureau, retaliated against her for testifying that Hill illegally coerced a confession. Detective Stevenson sued [...]

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