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192019

MITCHELL DEAN AND HEATHER PARADIS WIN DEFENSE VERDICT IN OLANGO SHOOTING TRIAL

After a six day jury trial, a unanimous 12-0 San Diego Superior Court jury found, on July 31, 2019, that El Cajon Police Officer Richard Gonsalves was not negligent in the shooting death of Alfred Olango.  Olango’s family attorneys argued that Gonsalves should have used different tactics when he interacted with Olango before Olango pulled an object from his pocket, which appeared to be a gun, and, using a typical [...]

192019

MITCHELL DEAN AND HEATHER PARADIS WIN TRIAL NONSUIT IN SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND RETALIATION CASE FOR CITY OF CARLSBAD

Mitchell Dean and Heather Paradis prevailed at trial for their client, City of Carlsbad and one of its Lieutenants.  Plaintiff Taryn Sisco claimed one instance of sexual harassment and retaliation following her report of that harassment.  On June 19, 2018, during argument for critical in limine motions, the trial court, Judge Ronald Frazier,  granted nonsuit on Sisco’s retaliation causes of action finding her failure to challenge the administrative decision that [...]

192019

MITCH DEAN WON A 12-0 DEFENSE VERDICT FOR THE CITY OF CARLSBAD

Daley and Heft partner Mitch Dean, on August 16, 2018, won a 12-0 defense verdict for the City of Carlsbad, after a 7 day trial, in a FEHA retaliation and Labor Code 1102.5 whistleblower case.  (Willis v. Carlsbad, Case No. 37-2016-00004240-CU-OE-NC) Police sergeant James Willis claimed he was retaliated against for supporting fellow officer Jesse Flores in Flores’ claim of racial discrimination.  He also claimed retaliation for opposing what he [...]

282019

MITCH DEAN AND LEE ROISTACHER TEAM UP TO WIN APPEAL OF 2017 NONSUIT

As reported below, nonsuit was granted after trial in the Preston v. Carlsbad case involving FEHA-based allegations of disability discrimination.  Preston appealed that nonsuit judgment.  On January 31, 2019, the Fourth District Court of Appeal, Division One, affirmed the judgment of nonsuit made by Judge Ronald F. Frazier.  The City’s brief was written by, and oral argument was handled by Lee Roistacher, Daley and Heft’s Certified Appellate Specialist.  As reported [...]

232019

DALEY & HEFT PARTNER LEE H. ROISTACHER TO RECEIVE AMICUS SERVICE AWARD FROM INTERNATIONAL MUNICIPAL LAWYERS ASSOCIATION

On March 29, 2019, the International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA) will be awarding Daley & Heft partner Lee H. Roistacher with an IMLA Amicus Service Award at an awards ceremony held during IMLA’s mid-year seminar in Washington, D.C.  Roistacher is receiving the award for his service to the IMLA Legal Advocacy program for authoring amicus briefs before the Supreme Court in City of Newport Beach v. Vos and before the [...]

82019

AMICUS BRIEF IN SUPPORT OF REVIEW IN VOS V. CITY OF NEWPORT BEACH

On behalf of the California State Association of Counties, The League of California Cities, and the International Municipal Lawyer’s Association, Daley & Heft partner Lee H. Roistacher prepared a brief in support of the City of Newport Beach’s petition for certiorari to the United States Supreme Court in 892 F.3d 1024 (9th Cir. 2018.)  [18-672 tsac CSAC et al] The primary issue raised for review in the petition for certiorari [...]

22019

TWO BILLS CREATE INCREASED TRANSPARENCY FOR IA INVESTIGATIONS AND INCIDENT VIDEOS

Peace Officer Records – Internal and Administrative Investigations As of January 1, 2019, certain internal and administrative investigations of peace officers will no longer be confidential and must be produced pursuant to the Public Records Act.  In passing Senate Bill 1421, the California Legislature stated: “Peace officers help to provide one of our state’s most fundamental government services. To empower peace officers to fulfill their mission, the people of California [...]

22019

$460,000 Recovery for Title Insurance, Bad Faith Claim, Quiet Title and Foreclosure Action

December 2018 Daley & Heft Partner Scott Noya recovered over $460,000 for a private lender client in settlement of a bad faith action against a national title insurance company and quiet title and foreclosure claims against borrowers and a competing major lender. Daley & Heft’s client loaned $380,000 secured by a deed of trust on San Diego property. Another lender made a $350,000 loan secured by the same property, with [...]

122018

AMICUS BRIEF SUPPORT OF REVIEW IN GORDON V. COUNTY OF ORANGE

On behalf of amici curiae the California State Association of Counties, the National Association of Sheriffs, and the California State Association of Sheriffs, Daley & Heft partner Lee H. Roistacher prepared a brief in support of the County of Orange’s petition for certiorari to the United States Supreme Court in Gordon v. County of Orange, 888 F.3d 1118 (9th Cir. 2018).  See Gordon Brief Here The issue presented for review [...]