Alleged Gang Members Win Preliminary Injunction in Civil Injunction Case

Munger, Tolles & Olson obtained a preliminary injunction on behalf of Peter Arellano, one of the named plaintiffs in Youth Justice Coalition v. City of Los Angeles, a putative class action filed on behalf of Los Angeles residents subjected to restrictive “gang injunctions” without due process.

The preliminary injunction order, entered Sept. 7, 2017 by Judge Virginia A. Phillips of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, found that Mr. Arellano would likely prove that the City of Los Angeles’ enforcement of a civil injunction prohibiting suspected gang members from participating in various activities violated his rights.

The ruling is a significant development in Youth Justice Coalition, a class action brought by Munger Tolles, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and other groups on behalf of Angelenos targeted by the city’s gang injunctions. The plaintiffs allege their procedural due process rights were violated when they were served with gang injunctions without first being allowed to contest the orders in court.

Youth Justice Coalition follows the landmark case of Vasquez v. Rackackas, in which Munger Tolles and the ACLU represented plaintiffs in a 10-day bench trial challenging the enforcement of a gang injunction in Orange County. In Vasquez, the court found that city officials in Orange had violated the plaintiffs’ due process rights. The Ninth Circuit affirmed the decision in a precedent-setting opinion.

The Munger Tolles team includes Laura D. Smolowe, Jacob S. Kreilkamp, Maria Jhai, Ankur Mandhania and Adele M. El-Khouri.