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Cases & News2019-06-05T15:43:37+00:00

Case Study – Sasser Trust

The Claims: Dependent Adult Financial Abuse, Breach of Trust, Conversion
The Results: Out-of-state distant family members absconded with assets from a bypass trust, which should have been used to benefit the decedent’s two children, one of whom has a significant disability. After much litigation, the parties settled and the decedent’s wishes will finally be implemented to pass her estate to her beloved children, including the establishment and funding of a special-needs trust created especially to care for her disabled child.

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Case Study – Estate of Jackson

The Claims:Elder Financial Abuse, Sexual-Orientation Discrimination
The Results: Decedent’s children discovered their mother had fallen prey to discrimination and theft. Once probate and civil remedies became the only apparent result, the matter settled by ensuring the decedent’s wishes were respected.

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Case Study – McVeigh v. Recology

The Claims: Wrongful Termination, Whistleblower
The Results: An employee sued Recology after being wrongfully fired for leveling serious charges of fraud, embezzlement and corruption. The California Court of Appeal had to rule twice in this matter, both in favor of the plaintiff.

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Case Study – A. D. v. State of Cal. Highway Patrol

The Claims: Police Misconduct, Excessive Force
The Result: The CHP shot and killed decedent’s mother. A unanimous federal jury determined the client’s parent’s death was the product of excessive force. The Ninth Circuit agreed with the plaintiffs, and clarified the applicable legal standard.

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News – Army Vet Sues Santa Rosa Police Over Post-Seizure Arrest

Imagine regaining consciousness with a dark-colored sack over your head, arms and legs restrained and unclear how you ended up that way. That is how Santa Rosa resident Andy Ford, a U.S. Army veteran with a brain injury suffered while serving in Afghanistan, recalls emerging from an incapacitating seizure he experienced in public in February 2018.

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