Firm News

January 2020

Avis Subsidiary Accused Of Charging Illegal Tax In San Diego

May 2017

Wilmer J. Harris of Schonbrun Seplow Harris Hoffman & Zeldes, LLP Announces Jury Verdict for Child Molestation Resulting from Group Home Negligence
Minor Recovers over $5,300,000 in Damages

November 10, 2016

Judge rules human trafficking lawsuit against Walmart shrimp suppliers can go to trial.

August 4, 2016

Victory! Glendale wins at Ninth Circuit Court.

In Gingery v. Glendale, the creation of a memorial to victims of sexual slavery at the hands of the Japanese government during World War II was challenged by citizens who found the existence of the statue offensive. The Ninth Circuit found that the City of Glendale had the power to create such a memorial and was not preempted by the federal government's Foreign Affairs power from expressing sympathy for the victims. Schonbrun Seplow Harris Hoffman & Zeldes, LLP filed a brief on behalf of the Korean American Forum of California explaining why the foreign affairs doctrine did not apply to the statue honoring and remembering Korean, Chinese, Japanese, and Dutch victims. SSHH LLP was proud to represent the Korean American Forum of California in this matter.

Gingery Opinion
Victoy!! Glendale wins at Ninth Circuit Court
Brief of Amicus Curiae The American Fourm of California ISO Defendants-Appellees

August 3, 2016

SSHH along with other lawyers, Files Civil Rights Suit Challenging License Suspensions.

July 18, 2016

John Doe I, et al. v. Nestle USA, Inc., et al.

June 15, 2016

SSHH joins in Human Trafficking Case

March 17, 2016

LA sued over seizure of homeless people's belongings

October 16, 2015


SSHH wins class action appeal on behalf of nursing staff at California psychiatric hospitals‚Äč.

In a published decision issued on October 16, 2015, the California Court of Appeal reversed a lower court ruling which had denied a motion for class certification on behalf of nursing staff at two Southern California psychiatric hospitals. The Court of Appeal, in the case of Valerie Alberts, et al. v. Aurora Behavioral Health Care, et al., No. B248748, found that the Plaintiffs had presented numerous issues common to the proposed class of nurses and mental health workers who allege that hospital policies and practices denied them meal and rest breaks and overtime compensation. The Plaintiffs presented evidence that the hospitals failed to provide sufficient staffing and coverage to allow nursing staff to take their legally required breaks and that staff were pressured to work "off the clock" so as not to sacrifice patient safety.

As the Court stated: "The Hospital's policies, as understood through the prism of plaintiffs' theory, effectively and unfairly leverage a reasonable nurse's ethical obligations, making missed break mandatory, not voluntary. A reasonable/ethical nurse under such circumstances would not risk the life or health of his/her patient suffering from a psychiatric disorder in order to take a mandated meal or rest break."

Michael D. Seplow of Schonbrun Seplow Harris Hoffman & Zeldes, LLP, lead counsel for the Plaintiffs, argued the case before the Court of Appeal.

Click here for a copy of the Court of Appeal's published and precedent-setting decision.

September 2, 2015

The DeVillena Wrongful Death Civil Rights case, in which U.S. Marine Corporal Allan "AJ" DeVillena, Jr. was tragically shot and killed by Officers Chad Nordman and Mike Heron, settles for $2.576 Million.

The Desert Sun: Palm Springs settles Marine shooting lawsuit for $2.6 million

September 24, 2014

ExxonMobil Indonesian Villagers Human Rights Abuse Case to Proceed in Federal Court

Court opinion: Please ExxonMobil Indonesian Villagers Human Rights Abuse Case to Proceed in Federal Court

August 06, 2014

Schonbrun Seplow Harris Hoffman & Zeldes, LLP Challenges Constitutionality of DMV Suspension System

September 11, 2013

Benjamin Schonbrun and Michael Seplow achieve $2.3 million settlement for Sheriff's Use of Excessive Force against mentally ill man

October 3, 2012

Torture Inc.
The Supreme Court term begins with a knotty human rights claim against big oil.

Attorney Paul Hoffman argues to United States Supreme Court to hold corporations liable for human rights abuses abroad.

February 17, 2012

Victim of Brutality Files Federal Civil Rights Action

October 21, 2011

Paul Hoffman to argue in United States Supreme Court to Hold Corporations Accountable for Human Rights Abuses in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum

October 20, 2011

Paul Hoffman and Victoria Don Seek Justice for Kidnap and Torture Victims

August 24, 2011

Schonbrun Seplow Harris Hoffman & Zeldes, LLP and the Harvard Human Rights Clinic Submit Evidence of Torture to the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture

July 27, 2011

Police Shooting of Julian Stanley Collender Challenged in Federal Court

July 27, 2011

Lawsuit Against L.A. Sheriff's Department Alleges Severe Beating of Men's Central Jail Inmate by Sheriff Deputies, Including by Alleged Members of 3000 Boys Sheriff Gang

August 7, 2009

Michael Seplow and Michael Morrison file class action lawsuit on behalf of hospital workers at Aurora Las Encinas Hospital

Alberts vs Aurora Behavioral Health Care Complaint

April 24, 2009

Schonbrun Files Lawsuit Alleging that Female Air Traffic Controller Subjected to Severe Hostile Work Environment While Serving In War Zone Overseas

Gonzalez vs ITT Corporation Complaint

Michael Seplow prevails on anti-SLAPP Statute Appeal. Case may proceed against Lewis, Brisbois and AIG

No SLAPP Privilege for Client in Calif. Suit By Fired Former Counsel
View the Opinion

June 2008

Rebecca M. Hamburg Named to Executive Board of National Employment Lawyers Association


Schonbrun Seplow Harris Hoffman & Zeldes, LLP Files California Class Action Lawsuit against AT&T and for Wage and Hour Violations

April 10, 2007

Final Complaint Submitted to AT&T and

Will Harris to Speak at Los Angeles County Bar Labor and Employment Law Seminar on November 15, 2006

Judge Rules Los Angeles School and Archdiocese Violates Disability Rights of Blind Teacher
(October 30, 2006)

He Claimed He Was Dismissed Over a Reduction in His Billable Hours

ABA Journal (August 18, 2006)

Metropolitan News-Enterprise

Man wins $1.1 million in termination suit
Pasadena Star-News
(August 05, 2006)

Black Lawyer Wins Retaliation Suite Against Boeing
Daily Journal Extra
(August 2, 2004)

Schonbrun Seplow Harris Hoffman & Zeldes, LLP Assists in Sting Operation: Jury Convicts Ex-INS Official of Trying to Trade Asylum for Sex

Las Vegas Police to Pay $500,000 in '01 Death to French Citizen
Las Vegas Review-Journal
(July 30, 2003)

9th Circuit Spurns U.S. Over Alien Tort Claims
(June 10, 2003)

Mexican Abductee Wins Right to Seek Damages
L.A. Times
(June 4, 2003)

See Decision

Ben Schonbrun For the Community: The Advocates Next Door
Venice Paper
(May 2003)

St. Joseph Sued Over Hiring Process
Orange County Register
(February 6, 2003)

Fight for Human Rights Ranges the World
Los Angeles Times
(November 15, 2002)

F-Word in Thesis Earns an F in Court
National Law Journal
(November 4, 2002)

Court Tells Unocal to Face Right Charges
New York Times
(September 19, 2002)

Defense Motion Denied, Six-Fatality Case Moves Ahead
Automotive Litigation Reporter
Andrews Online
(June 2002)

Calif. Supreme Court Allows 'Destructive Testing' of TFI Module
Automotive Litigation Reporter
Andrews Online
(April 2002)

Ex-UC Student Cites Censorship 'Disacknowledgements' Section at Center of Thesis Debate
Pasadena Star News
(April 2002)

Fight for Human Rights Ranges the World
Los Angeles Times
(November 15, 2001)

Court Allows Human Rights Suit Against Unocal to Go Forward
(September 2001)

Suit Is Settled in Case of Man Wrongly Held
New York Times
(April 2001)

Frenchman's Death Questioned: Man's Family Plans to Sue
Las Vegas Review-Journal
(January 2001)

My Name Is Not Robert
The New York Times Magazine
(August 2000)

Righteous Rebels
California Law Business
(April 2000)

Civil Rights Firm Grows by Two
California Law Business
(November 1999)

Settlement OK'd in 'Mr. Mom' Killing
Los Angeles Daily Journal
(December 1995)

Secretary Sues, Claims Sexual Harassment by Record Executive
Los Angeles Times
(November 1991)

Hawthorne Will Pay $1 Million to Avoid Lawsuit Against Officers
The Daily Breeze
(September 1991)


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