August 14, 2018
San Diego Partner Kenneth Kawabata is scheduled to give a presentation at the Business Development Resource Center Seminar on August 23 in San Diego, CA. The seminar is made possible by the Asian Business Association of San Diego.
August 13, 2018
Ruling Adopts Practical Standard for Law Enforcement Agency Immunity for Police Pursuits Today, the California Supreme Court, in a highly anticipated decision in Ramirez v. City of Gardena, Supreme Court case number S244549, found in favor of the City of Gardena in a high profile police pursuit case. The Supreme Court’s ruling, which will benefit governmental entities statewide, held that in order for immunity granted by Vehicle Code section 17004.7 to apply, law enforcement agencies must impose a requirement that all of their officers certify in writing that they have received, read, and understand the agency’s vehicle pursuit policy. However, agency immunity is not lost simply because some officers have not completed the certification or records are not available to prove 100% compliance. Under the Court’s ruling, immunity depends upon AGENCY compliance with the statute, not OFFICER completion of the certification mandate.
August 9, 2018
Los Angeles Senior Counsel Laura McAdams has won the International Association of Special Investigation Units (IASIU), Southern California Chapter Defense Attorney of the Year. Laura was presented with this prestigious award at a gala on August 8.
August 1, 2018
Mildred K. O’Linn, co-leader of the Manning & Kass Government Entity Liability Team, was interviewed by NBC 4 Los Angeles for a story on the recent officer-involved shooting and hostage situation at a Trader Joe’s in Silver Lake. Drawing on her previous career as a police officer, Ms. O’Linn explained how officers followed procedure throughout the incident and praised their level-headedness during a high-speed chase where the perpetrator recklessly fired multiple shots through his rear windshield. She also defended their decision to fire on the suspect, who had already shot two people, as he fled from his car into the Trader Joe’s.