Cases Studies of Civil Rights, Police Misconduct, and Elder Financial Abuse Litigation

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A. D. v. State of Cal. Highway Patrol

Case study – Excessive Force

 The Claims: Police brutality resulting in death
 The result: Officer prosecuted, plaintiffs granted 500k in fees

Children of Karen Eckland prosecute the State of California Highway Patrol after their mother is shot and killed by Patrol Officer Stephen Markgraf.

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Michael v. Home Care Assistance

Michael v. Home Care Assistance

Case study – Elder Financial Abuse

 The Claims: Financial abuse, neglect
 The result: The parties settled on confidential terms

Michael vs Home Care Assistance: Liza de Vries represented a 91-year old woman against a company who placed a convicted felon in her home to take care of her and who, predictably, stole from and neglected the elder.

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McVeigh v. Recology

Case study – Employment Rights

 The Claims: Abusive termination of employment
 The result: The Court found evidence of a causal link between McVeigh’s termination and his whistleblowing activities

Brian McVeigh fights Recology after being wrongfully fired for leveling serious charges of fraud, embezzlement and corruption.

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McFarland v. Marin County Sheriff

Case study – Police Attack

 The Claims: Police misconduct, assault
 The result: The case settled for $1.9M

A 62-year old man who was subjected to four consecutive Taser assaults in response to ordering two deputy Sheriffs to leave his home.

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