Cooke et al. v. City of Berkeley: Rachel Lederman and co-counsel are suing Berkeley for illegal violence against protesters and a journalist in June, 2017. This is a civil rights class action for damages for three of the people who were injured, and to enforce reforms and the right to exercise freedom of speech in Berkeley.
Tschanz v. Spring: Alexsis Beach is representing tenants who were forced to move from their San Francisco apartment by the landlord’s failure to address leaks, toxic mold and collapsing ceilings.
Dundon, et al. v. Kirchmeier: Rachel Lederman and leading civil rights lawyers from across the country are representing water protectors – members of the indigenous led movement to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline – who were injured when law enforcement used dangerous munitions and fire hoses on them during a peaceful protest in November, 2016. Read more:
Bennett, et al. v. Regents: Rachel Lederman and a number of colleagues represented four UC Berkeley students in their struggle to end sexual harassment on campus. The students filed complaints accusing a professor of sexual harassment, gender discrimination and a hostile and intimidating work environment. After a nearly two year effort, the professor was terminated by the University, and we obtained a monetary settlement with UC to compensate the students. SETTLED.
Pholey et al. v. KDF Post Street: Housing rights lawsuit on behalf of low income tenants whose Tenderloin apartment building was in abysmal condition and lacked basic security. SETTLED.
De Nies v. Hong: The plaintiff, a vulnerable, mentally disabled person, was illegally locked out of his rental unit and his personal possessions thrown away. SETTLED.
In re Aguirre: In 2012, César Aguirre was wrongfully convicted of felony vandalism arising from an Occupy Oakland demonstration, after a trial in which the prosecution failed to disclose numerous police body camera videos and reports that contradicted the testimony of the sole prosecution eyewitness against César. Rachel Lederman and co-counsel Brian McComas are fighting to overturn César’s conviction based on the unconstitutional suppression of exculpatory evidence.
Burleson v. BART et al: Commuter racially profiled for “riding BART while Black”. BART police assaulted and arrested Albert Burleson even though nothing but his skin color matched the description of the suspect they were looking for. SETTLED.
Read the Complaint FILED.
Save CCSF Coalition v. Officer Lim et al. : City College students brutalized and wrongfully arrested by SFPD and CCSF PD at a March 13, 2014, Save CCSF demonstration. SETTLED.
Read the Lawsuit Complaint: Complaint
NLGSF / Save CCSF Coalition press release HERE
Hashitaka v. Caraway et al.: SFPD choked Takuro Hashitaka into unconsciousness and cut his 10 month old son, Moku, from his chest with a knife. His crime? A bike helmet violation. The police then took Moku to Child Protective Services despite Takuro’s pleas for them to call his wife, who was only a block away. SETTLED.
Read the Complaint: Complaint filed