Government Liability

GMSR has long represented public entities throughout California. As a result, GMSR’s appellate lawyers are intimately familiar with the issues that these entities regularly confront, including federal civil rights claims under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, tort liability and immunity, land use, eminent domain, labor and employment, and education law.  GMSR’s experience includes significant victories at the U.S. Supreme Court, numerous appeals, and regular consultations on trial court law-and-motion matters. GMSR partner Timothy Coates also co-authored a chapter on federal civil rights liability in the CEB publication California Government Tort Liability Practice (4th ed. 2004).

GMSR Wins Ninth Case In The United States Supreme Court

Continuing GMSR’s record of success in the United States Supreme Court—prevailing in nine of ten cases before the Court—Tim Coates and Nadia Sarkis convinced the Court to direct entry of judgment in favor of a Union City police officer based on qualified immunity in Rivas-Villegas

Rivas-Villegas v. Cortesluna (Oct. 18, 2021, No. 20-1539) __S.Ct.__ [2021 WL 4822662] (per curiam)

GMSR convinced the Court to direct entry of judgment in favor of a Union City police officer based on qualified immunity.  The officer had been summoned by a terrified 911 caller barricaded in a room reporting someone using a chainsaw to break down the door.

G. v. City of Beverly Hills (9th Cir. 2021) __Fed.Appx.__ [2021 WL 4240381]

The Ninth Circuit affirmed a summary judgment in favor of GMSR’s client, the defendant City of Beverly Hills, in an action for false arrest, false imprisonment and violation of constitutional rights. The appellate court agreed with GMSR’s contentions that the plaintiff could muster only unsupported

The Ninth Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment For Beverly Hills, Rejecting Wrongful Arrest Claim

The Ninth Circuit affirmed a summary judgment in favor of GMSR’s client, the defendant City of Beverly Hills, in an action for false arrest, false imprisonment and violation of constitutional rights. The appellate court agreed with GMSR’s contentions that the plaintiff could muster only unsupported

Jean-Louis v. City of Riverside (9th Cir., June 15, 2021, No. 19-55175) __Fed.Appx.__, 2021 WL 2433615

Louis Jean-Louis sued the City of Riverside, City officials, and City employees, alleging a scheme to place houses into receivership by levying excessive fines for violating City ordinances. The district court dismissed Jean-Louis’ suit on res judicata grounds, because Jean-Louis had previously settled and dismissed

Ninth Circuit Affirms Judgment For GMSR’s Clients, Finding Appellant’s Argument Forfeited And Without Merit

Louis Jean-Louis sued the City of Riverside, City officials, and City employees, alleging a scheme to place houses into receivership by levying excessive fines for violating City ordinances. The district court dismissed Jean-Louis’ suit on res judicata grounds, because Jean-Louis had previously settled and dismissed

IMLA Honors Tim Coates and Nadia Sarkis With Amicus Service Award

GMSR appellate attorneys Tim Coates and Nadia Sarkis were recognized today with the Amicus Service Award from the International Municipal Lawyers Association.  The award seeks to recognize lawyers who have been actively involved in legal advocacy for and on behalf of local governments and IMLA,

IMLA Mid-Year Seminar: April 19th Session Featuring Helpful Civil Rights Cases

Join us on Monday 4/19/2021 at 2:30PM Eastern Time for the International Municipal Lawyers Association’s Mid-Year Seminar Section 1983 session presented by Ted Xanders and Nadia Sarkis: “Getting Younger — A Guide To Abstention, Rooker-Feldman, And Other Defenses To Federal Civil Rights Actions That We

In A Published Opinion, The Second District Court Of Appeal Has Granted GMSR’s Petition For A Writ Of Mandate On Behalf Of The County Of Los Angeles And Its Health Officers 

The Court reversed a superior court injunction barring the County from enforcing a Covid-19 pandemic outdoor restaurant dining ban until the County provided the superior court with a “risk-benefit” analysis that the superior court would find acceptable. The Court of Appeal held that the County’s

County of Los Angeles Department of Health v. Superior Court (2021) 61 Cal.App.5th 478

In a published opinion, the Second District Court of Appeal has granted GMSR’s petition for a writ of mandate on behalf of the County of Los Angeles and its Health Officers. The Court reversed a superior court injunction barring the County from enforcing a Covid-19

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