Civil Rights Litigation – Police Misconduct and Unfair Business Practices

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“Class of rights that protect individuals’ freedom from unwarranted infringement by governments and private organizations, and ensure one’s ability to participate in the civil and political life of the state without discrimination or repression”

Police abuse, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and unfair business practices can be intimidating and draining, both emotionally and financially.

Due to the complexity of this area and the ever-changing nature of related laws, making a civil rights case is very difficult: dismissal rate is over 70%, while the total number of cases concluded by trial barely reaches 3%. 

 Scott Law is a Civil Rights and Elder Abuse Law Firm; this is all we do. We have counseled individuals in state and federal actions alleging civil rights claims under state, federal, and Constitutional law, such as violations of the Elder Abuse & Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act, False Claims Act, False Advertizing Act, Fair Employment and Housing Act, Title VII, 42 U.S.C. Section 1981, the Bane Act, the Ralph Act, and 42 U.S.C. Section 1983. We have supported allegations against constitutional violations under the First, Fourth, Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments, as well as conspiracy claims against public and private actors. Recent case study

Areas we cover

Consumer Protections – False Claims and Unfair Business Practices
Our clients rely upon our multi-disciplinary approach to recover what they and the public have lost under the False Claims Act, California Legal Remedies Act,. Elder Abuse & Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act and other consumer-protection laws. We pursue cases to further establish sound public policy and invite civil courts to ensure private actors follow the law.

Employment Discrimination and Retaliation

We represent private and public employees, and police officers, whose employers have discriminated against them because of their gender, race, national origin, religion, disability, sexual preference, political affiliation or family leave. We also pursue retaliation claims under Title VII, the Fair Employment & Housing Act, Section l983/First Amendment and various Labor Codes including Section 1102.5. We also advocate for employees who expose governmental fraud, mismanagement and abuse.

Police Misconduct and Excessive Force
Although we represent police and other law-enforcement officers, we also pursue claims against those who abuse their position of authority by violating our clients’ civil rights. We also represent detainees, prisoners and their families in wrongful-death or catastrophic-injury cases, and arrestees who were the victims of egregious violations.

In addition, we represent minors who may recover for losses arising from their parents’ wrongful deaths and their being mistreated in violation of state and federal laws.

Constitutional Violations
Clients with cases against government agencies and others acting in a public role include those whose rights were egregiously abused by the system, property that was improperly taken or regulated, and other retaliatory or discriminatory misconduct. Foster children whose rights are violated may pursue claims against those responsible for the harm. When a public agency creates a danger which causes harm, it may be liable for third-party conduct.