LA Residents Successfully Obtain Class Certification in Civil Rights Case

Munger, Tolles & Olson obtained class certification in a lawsuit alleging the City of Los Angeles’s “gang injunctions,” which restrict alleged gang members from participating in a host of ordinary, otherwise legal activities, violated due process.

This case, filed in October 2016, follows the successful class action challenge by Munger, Tolles & Olson to similar unconstitutional procedures in Orange County, which resulted in a landmark opinion from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit holding that the alleged gang members’ rights had been violated.

Class certification, granted on Jan. 4, 2018 by Judge Virginia A. Phillips of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, allows counsel to pursue relief on behalf of the entire group of Los Angeles residents whose constitutional rights are being violated. Having already obtained preliminary injunctions on behalf of the two individual named plaintiffs, Munger, Tolles & Olson moved on Jan. 29, 2018 to expand those preliminary injunctions to the entire class following the class certification ruling. Judge Phillips heard argument on February 26, 2018, and will issue a ruling in the coming weeks.

The firm is co-counsel with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California in the case Youth Justice Coalition v. City of Los Angeles.

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