November 13, 2018
In a recent federal civil rights trial, the firm’s first for the County of Riverside, Manning & Kass Partner Tony M. Sain and Associate Lynn L. Carpenter have achieved an inspiring victory for the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department against claims of negligence, excessive force and wrongful death. Sain and Carpenter successfully dismantled plaintiffs’ argument that, despite officers’ repeated attempts to de-escalate a tense situation involving an armed, mentally ill suspect, the deputies were negligent and used excessive force in firing on knife-wielding Matthew Tucker when he charged them.
November 9, 2018
Founding Partner Dennis Kass and Complex Litigation Team Member Laura McAdams will deliver a presentation entitled, “Identifying and Defending Against New Trends in Fraud” at this month's meeting of the International Association of Special Investigation Units, Southern California Chapter. Their presentation will cover the reptile theory, early policy demands, waiving special damages, injection fraud, 1st party scams and more.
November 5, 2018
Police Officer Privileges Legal Update: Tony M. Sain Explains California’s Narrowing of Pitchess Confidentiality for Officer Records and Force Recordings
In September 2018, the California Legislature adopted two new statutes that will dramatically erode the confidentiality protections for law enforcement personnel records and critical incident recordings. Under the California Public Records Act (CPRA), SB1421 and AB 748 will make discoverable several categories of police personnel records and related use of force recordings which were previously exempt from public records disclosures. The bills – which will go into effect in 2019 – also place limits on the types of information that can be redacted from these records, and how long they can be temporarily withheld pending a criminal or administrative investigation.