Press Release Archive
California Federal Judge approved $537.5 million class settlement 11/30/2022 A California federal judge has granted final approval of a $537.5 million class settlement that the City of Long Beach and other city, county and state governments reached with Bayer AG's Monsanto Company
Civil Enforcement Actions To Be Filed Against Several Long Beach Candidates for Violations of the Long Beach Campaign Reform Act 5/12/2022 Civil Enforcement Actions To Be Filed Against Several Long Beach Candidates for Violations of the Long Beach Campaign Reform Act.
City of Long Beach Expected to Receive Settlement in Class Action Lawsuit with Monsanto Company 3/18/2022 Long Beach, CA – A California federal judge has granted preliminary approvalfor a $550 million class settlement that the City of Long Beach and other city, countyand state governments reached with Bayer AG's Monsanto Company and subsidiaries of Pfizer and Eastman Chemical to resolve allegations that the localities continue to face increased costs due to Monsanto's contamination with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) over the last several decades. In total, the City could receive a maximum of $7.5 million from the settlement, pending additional review and approval from the court and the special master appointed to oversee the settlement. The City is anticipated to receive the largest allocation given to any class member.
Timothy O’Hara v. City of Long Beach, California Court of Appeal, Case No.: B284433, judgment in Favor of City of Long Beach 3/6/2019 On March 1, 2019, the California Court of Appeal reversed a jury’s verdict that would have awarded former Long Beach Police Sergeant Timothy O’Hara over $1.6 Million, based on O’Hara’s claim that former Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell disciplined him because he was a whistle blower.
Significant Step Forward for the Belmont Beach and Aquatics Center 7/24/2018 On July 17, 2018, the Honorable James C. Chalfant, Judge of the Superior Court, presiding over a trial regarding the Belmont Beach and Aquatics Center (Project), issued a ruling in favor of the City and determined that the Project approvals did not violate the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and that the City Council had properly granted the height variance for the proposed pool project.
California State Bar Names Assistant City Attorney Michael J. Mais 2017 Ronald M. George Public Lawyer of the Year 7/18/2018 The California State Bar’s Public Law Section has selected City of Long Beach’s Assistant City Attorney, Michael J. Mais, as the 2017 Ronald M. George Public Lawyer of the Year, in recognition of Mr. Mais’ exceptional work as an attorney and his 33 years of public service.
Angeles, et al. vs City of Long Beach 7/16/2018 On July 13, 2018, a Long Beach jury rejected a claim by two sisters claiming serious injuries following an automobile accident with a Long Beach Police Officer, responding to an emergency.
Estate of Feras Morad, et al., vs. City of Long Beach, et al. 7/13/2018 On July 12, 2018, unanimous Jury verdict in Favor of Defendants City of Long Beach and Long Beach Police Officer Matthew Hernandez
E.H., a minor by and through guardian ad litem, Alma Ruiz, et al. v. City of Long Beach 6/25/2018 On June 21, 2018, a Federal Judge rejected a claim by the parents of a man shot and killed by a Long Beach Police Officer, and entered judgement in favor of the City and its officer.
4332-4336 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, CA 90807 5/8/2018 The City of Long Beach reached an amicable settlement agreement with Khien C. Ngo, property owner of Alsace Lorraine.
Long Beach Reaches $13 Million Interstate 405 Settlement 11/2/2017 The City of Long Beach has reached a $13 million settlement agreement with Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) and California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) for various corridor safety and traffic mitigation improvements related to the Interstate 405 (I-405) Freeway improvement project in Orange County. OCTA has proposed widening of a 16-mile stretch of the I-405 freeway from State Route 73 in Orange County to Interstate 605 in Long Beach.
Cunningham v. City of Long Beach 7/26/2017 California Court of Appeal upheld a lower court’s denial of a Petition for Writ of Mandate challenging the City Manager’s decision to terminate Charles Cunningham for disclosing confident...
Dieanna Hollie v. City of Long Beach 5/24/2017 Superior Court judge rejected a claim by a parking enforcement officer that her termination from the City of Long Beach was motivated by her race
Legal Alert: Recent Supreme Court decision on electronic communications concerning public business sent to or from private devices 3/6/2017 Recent Supreme Court Decision on Electronic Communications Concerning Public Business Sent to or from Private Devices
Karl Kuhn vs. City of Long Beach 2/6/2017 Long Beach Superior Court Judge entered judgement in favor of the City of Long Beach.
City of Long Beach, Long Beach TAPS Reach Settlement Agreement to Fund Downtown, Alamitos Beach Parking Studies 11/22/2016 The City of Long Beach has reached a settlement with Long Beach Transportation And Parking Solutions (TAPS) to resolve three environmental lawsuits by funding parking studies in the Downtown and Alamitos Beach areas.
Catrina Hanna v. City of Long Beach 11/3/2016 Los Angeles County jury rejected $9 million dollar demand by a City librarian who claimed the City discriminated and retaliated against her.
Gibbs v. Patrick West, City of Long Beach, Long Beach Civil Service Commission 10/20/2016 Los Angeles Superior court denied a Petition for Writ of Mandate upholding the Long Beach Civil Service Commission's decision which upheld the City Manager's decision to terminate Officer John Gibbs.
FAA Legal Opinion Regarding Federal Inspection Station at Long Beach Airport 10/18/2016 City Attorney's office has received a written legal opinion dated October 18, 2016, that is relevant to the discussion regarding a FIS facility at the Airport.
FIS Feasibility Study Results 10/4/2016 Long Beach City Council authorized a "feasibility study" to determine if it is appropriate to bring international air carrier and general aviation service to Long Beach Airport.
Starbird v. City of Long Beach 9/29/2016 LA County jury found that the Long Beach Police Dept. selected the most qualified applicant when it selected another police officer over the plaintiff, Wendy Starbird.
Court Issues Final Judgement in SCIG Case, Rejecting BNSF Objections and Ordering Port to Rescind Approvals 7/26/2016 Contra Costa Superior Court Judge Barry P. Goode issued his final opinion in the case challenging the Port of Los Angeles's approval of BNSF Railway's Southern California International Gateway project.
Appellate Court Upholds City's Medical Marijuana Ban 7/18/2016 Court of Appeal upheld lower court's order dismissing class-action lawsuit brought by two Medical Marijuana dispensaries
Long Beach City Attorney, Gomez Trial Attorneys, and Baron & Budd File Seventh PCB Lawsuit Against Monsanto for Contaminating the City’s Storm Water and Contributing to the Sedimentary Contamination in Adjacent Ocean Areas 5/19/2016 City of Long Beach, Gomez Trial Attorneys, Baron & Budd filed the seventh lawsuit of its kind against Monsanto for PCB contamination of Long Beach’s city storm water and the Port of Long Beach.
Court Dismissed a Lawsuit filed by the brother of a man who was fatally shot by Long Beach Police Officers 5/10/2016 Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael P. Vicencia today dismissed a lawsuit filed by the brother of a man who was fatally shot by Long Beach police officers in August 2012.
Court Dismisses Lawsuits by Two Long Beach Police Officers Against the City of Long Beach 4/14/2016 A Los Angeles Superior Court Judge today dismissed the lawsuits of two Long Beach police officers who alleged that the police department carried on a campaign of retaliation against them.
Trial Court Sets Aside Approvals for BNSF’s Controversial SCIG Railyard A Victory for West Long Beach Residents 3/30/2016 Court held that the Port of Los Angeles failed to perform adequate environmental analysis before approving SCIG railyard project adjacent to many residents and businesses located in West Long Beach.
Jeremy Coltharp, et al. v. Larry Herrera 2/23/2016 Federal Court affirms City's decision to refuse to certify medical marijuana initiative
SJK, LLC. v. City of Long Beach 2/11/2016 City Prevails in Medical Marijuana Litigation
Craig Chapman v. Patrick West, City of Long Beach, Long Beach Civil Service Commission 2/9/2016 Los Angeles Superior Court denied Petition for Writ of Mandate upholding Long Beach Civil Service Commission's decision
Athanasios Megas v. Patrick West, City of Long Beach, Long Beach Civil Service Commission 1/27/2016 Los Angeles Superior Court denied Petition for Writ of Mandate upholding Long Beach Civil Service Commission's decision
Workers' Compensation Excels in State Audit 1/26/2016 Dept. of Industrial Relations recently gave City Attorney's Workers' Compensation Claims Division high marks for its handling of City's workers' compensation claims
City Successfully Defends PERB Charge 12/16/2015 Administrative Law Judge rejected all the allegations brought by the IAM
Long Beach Airport Allocation of Supplemental Flight Slots 12/15/2015 Allocation of supplemental slots is being considered
William McDonald V. James McDonald, City of Long Beach, Long Beach Civil Service Commission 12/4/2015 Los Angeles Superior Court denied Petition for Writ of Mandate upholding Long Beach Civil Service Commission's decision
Calvete v. Patrick West, City of Long Beach, The Long Beach Civil Service Commission 11/4/2015 A Los Angeles Superior Court denied a Petition for Writ of Mandate
Long Beach Firefighters' Association v. City of Long Beach 11/4/2015 Arbitrator denied Fire Captain's request for additional compensation/skill pay
Quincy Miles v. The City of Long Beach 10/30/2015 Jury Rejects Former Police Officer's Discrimination Claim
Massey v. City of Long Beach 10/21/2015 A Los Angeles Superior Court Judge today reversed a $700,000.00 jury verdict, finding there was no evidence to support Plaintiff’s claim of employment discrimination.