Los Angeles County

Los Angeles County v. Humphries (2010) 562 U.S. 29

No declaratory or injunctive relief available in civil rights action against municipality under 42 U.S.C. Section 1983 absent wrongful policy, custom or practice approved or knowingly tolerated by local public entity policymakers.

Humphries v. Los Angeles County (9th Cir. 2009) 554 F.3d 1170

Due process claim based on list of suspected child abusers maintained by California Department of Justice

Rivas-Smith v. Los Angeles County (Sept. 29, 2005, B174456) 2005 WL 2387464 [nonpublished opinion]

Failure to pursue administrative review of an adverse civil service commission determination as grounds to bar employee wrongful terminations action

Nelson v. County of Los Angeles (2003) 113 Cal.App.4th 783

Court reversed parents’ wrongful death judgment because of their lack of contact with their adult decedent child and they private attorney general fee award because of their personal stake in the case

Aguilar v. Los Angeles County (9th Cir. 1985) 751 F.2d 1089

Injured child was an indispensable party whose joinder destroyed diversity

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