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THE818NOW
May 14, 2012
A Los Angeles County Superior Court jury on Monday rejected a lawsuit filed by a female Burbank police officer who claims she faced discrimination because of her pregnancy , and then retaliation when she complained, a city official said. The verdict came days after a judge threw out portions of the original lawsuit filed by Officer Cindy Guillen, including that she faced harassment based on her ethnicity and gender. Her attorney, Solomon Gresen, had sought up to $500,000 for pain and suffering, and $30,000 for lost wages due a lost assignment, but on Monday, the jury sided with the city, which painted Guillen in court as someone who holds grudges and was capitalizing on the Police Department's recent legal woes.
THE818NOW
April 15, 2013
A former police officer who filed a federal wrongful termination lawsuit against the city last month is dismissing the case for procedural reasons. Separate from the lawsuit filed in March , Elfego Rodriguez in December asked the court to reverse the city's decision to uphold his termination, which was a result of his internal administrative appeal. He will wait until a decision is made on the December request - through which he is seeking attorney fees, back pay and benefits - to move forward with the wrongful termination lawsuit, said his attorney, Solomon Gresen.
THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene@tchekmedyian@latimes.com | March 7, 2013
Calling the complaint “frivolous and malicious,” a federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit filed against the Burbank Police Department in which a convicted pimp claimed false imprisonment and racial profiling stemming from charges filed against him more than two years ago. In November 2010, Odonga Rush, 41, was charged with two counts of identity theft and one count of forging a public seal after officers reported finding an unpaid ticket warrant...
THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | February 21, 2014
The Burbank city attorneys union has filed a lawsuit against the city, claiming it forced the employees to pay a portion of their employee retirement contributions, which they argued the city had long ago agreed to cover. The Burbank City Attorneys Assn., which was formed a year ago and is made up of 10 attorneys and a paralegal, is seeking $2 million in damages. According to the lawsuit, between 1985 and 2010, the Burbank City Council committed to paying the California Public Employees' Retirement System employee contribution for the union members, with “no sunset provision.” In 2011, however, the city manager announced the city was “going to renege on its contractual obligation” which was previously promised and “used to induce the acceptance and retention of employment,” the lawsuit stated.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | February 11, 2014
A witness in the federal corruption case against a Burbank police officer, along with members of his family, is suing the city of Burbank alleging that he was falsely arrested and maliciously prosecuted. The Burbank City Council was slated to discuss the lawsuit behind closed doors on Tuesday. Jeremy Bassett, along with his fiancé and children, filed a lawsuit in late December against the city , Burbank Police Chief Scott LaChasse, Officer Anthony Valento and former Officer Mark Armendariz, according to court records.
NEWS
January 27, 2001
Karen S. Kim AIRPORT DISTRICT -- A request to reopen a dismissed lawsuit against Southwest Airlines was denied Wednesday by Judge Marilyn Hoffman in Los Angeles. Cynthia Luther, who weighs more than 300 pounds, filed suit against the airline in May when she was asked to buy a second seat on a flight from Reno to Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport. In her lawsuit, Luther alleges discrimination and harassment because of her size. Hoffman dismissed the lawsuit in December and upheld the dismissal Wednesday.
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By Christopher Cadelago | November 21, 2009
DOWNTOWN — A seventh member of the Burbank Police Department has filed a lawsuit against the city and members of the department in federal court, alleging that his civil rights were violated by a rogue group of cops who used intimidation, harassment and brutality to keep him and witnesses from talking about several misconduct investigations. Burbank Police Det. Angelo Dahlia alleges that high-ranking members of the department investigating the 2007 robbery of Porto’s Bakery assaulted and beat witnesses and suspects “under the color of authority,” according to the lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. Central District Court.
NEWS
By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | August 20, 2013
Claiming a trail of corporate espionage from Canada to China and then to an office on West Magnolia Boulevard, IMAX Corp. has accused a Burbank company and its international affiliates of using stolen technology to distribute IMAX copycat giant-screen movie projectors around the globe. In a lawsuit filed Aug. 12 in Los Angeles Superior Court, IMAX claims competitor GDC Technology obtained trade secrets stolen by a former IMAX employee - including the software to convert two-dimensional films for use in giant 3-D projectors - through partnerships with Chinese companies.
NEWS
March 16, 2002
Laura Sturza LOS ANGELES -- Activists filed a lawsuit against the city of Burbank in federal court, saying the city did not meet environmental operating guidelines. "It's our position that they have failed to reduce pollution as required by federal law," attorney J. Scott Kuhn said of the lawsuit filed Monday. Communities for a Better Environment and Our Children's Earth Foundation claim the city and nine other defendants did not meet standards set by the Air Quality Management District.
NEWS
November 10, 2001
Laura Sturza CIVIC CENTER -- In a special closed session Friday, Burbank City Council members hashed out a possible course of action regarding the city's lawsuit against the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority, with no reportable results. The meeting, which lasted four and a half hours, was slated for a discussion on how and whether to find a way to provide legal defense for Measure A proponents and to attempt to reach a consensus on the complaint, officials said.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | April 1, 2014
Hobby Lobby, a retail chain that sells crafts and home décor, is slated to open in Burbank this summer in the former Orchard Supply Hardware building. The Oklahoma City-based company, which currently has 20 stores in California, will open in the 72,000-square-foot building located at 641 N Victory Blvd., according to company officials. "We feel that we can bring a very unique shopping experience to the area," said Hobby Lobby spokesman Vincent Parker in an email. "We are looking forward to becoming part of the community.
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THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | February 21, 2014
The Burbank city attorneys union has filed a lawsuit against the city, claiming it forced the employees to pay a portion of their employee retirement contributions, which they argued the city had long ago agreed to cover. The Burbank City Attorneys Assn., which was formed a year ago and is made up of 10 attorneys and a paralegal, is seeking $2 million in damages. According to the lawsuit, between 1985 and 2010, the Burbank City Council committed to paying the California Public Employees' Retirement System employee contribution for the union members, with “no sunset provision.” In 2011, however, the city manager announced the city was “going to renege on its contractual obligation” which was previously promised and “used to induce the acceptance and retention of employment,” the lawsuit stated.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | February 11, 2014
A witness in the federal corruption case against a Burbank police officer, along with members of his family, is suing the city of Burbank alleging that he was falsely arrested and maliciously prosecuted. The Burbank City Council was slated to discuss the lawsuit behind closed doors on Tuesday. Jeremy Bassett, along with his fiancé and children, filed a lawsuit in late December against the city , Burbank Police Chief Scott LaChasse, Officer Anthony Valento and former Officer Mark Armendariz, according to court records.
NEWS
January 31, 2014
Although a majority of the Burbank City Council earlier this month passed the housing element of its general plan as required by law, it is in limbo - at least temporarily. The Jan. 7 vote was 3-1. Vice Mayor Dave Gordon was the sole dissenting vote; Councilman Gary Bric was absent. Public outcry ensued from people who are worried that businesses will gobble up homes in residential neighborhoods to offer transitional (read “sober-living”) housing. Under the law, these group homes, if they house six or fewer people, have all the same rights that a traditional family has in an R-1 setting.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | December 31, 2013
City officials this month denied allegations contained in a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by a former public works employee. The employee, Dale Wagner, 61, sued the city in September for alleged age discrimination and retaliation, claiming that he was forced to retire after health problems caused work restrictions for him, according to his lawsuit. Wagner, who said he worked for the city for more than 30 years as a public works inspector, accused the city of having a pattern of discriminating against employees over 40 years old. Wagner said he became “seriously ill” in August 2011 with back pain that was too severe for him to work a full day. He had surgery and went on medical leave a month later, after which he developed an infection which elongated his recovery time, the lawsuit stated.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | December 24, 2013
Burbank city attorneys have filed a response denying the allegations set forth in a lawsuit in which a Burbank resident accused the city of making illegal wire transfers from its utility to the city's General Fund, according to court records. In a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court in September, Burbank resident Christopher Spencer argued that the city's long-standing practice of transferring utility funds to the city's General Fund, which pays for most public services, has illegally hiked up water rates to the point where they “exceed the reasonable costs” of providing the service.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | October 1, 2013
A Burbank man filed a lawsuit against the city of Burbank last month claiming age and race discrimination after he was not hired for several city jobs for which he said he was qualified.  Marco Gonzalez, 49, claimed he was passed over for employment nine out of the 11 times he applied for a city job. His two most recent job applications are pending, according to his lawsuit. Burbank City Atty. Amy Albano said Tuesday she has no indication the city didn't follow its hiring protocols in this case.  “The city has hiring practices that we follow, and the reason we have those practices is to make sure we don't have issues like this come up,” Albano said.  In 2009, Gonzalez applied for an engineering technician position.
NEWS
By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | August 20, 2013
Claiming a trail of corporate espionage from Canada to China and then to an office on West Magnolia Boulevard, IMAX Corp. has accused a Burbank company and its international affiliates of using stolen technology to distribute IMAX copycat giant-screen movie projectors around the globe. In a lawsuit filed Aug. 12 in Los Angeles Superior Court, IMAX claims competitor GDC Technology obtained trade secrets stolen by a former IMAX employee - including the software to convert two-dimensional films for use in giant 3-D projectors - through partnerships with Chinese companies.
NEWS
By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | June 29, 2013
An injunction that had prevented Walmart from starting work on a new store adjacent to the Empire Center has been lifted, but the outcome of a lawsuit filed by three residents to force a number of street improvements before a store can open looms on the horizon. On Wednesday, a state appellate court lifted an injunction issued by a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge in August 2012 that halted construction on a new Walmart until the outcome of the lawsuit filed in May 2012. In an email Thursday, Walmart spokeswoman Rachel Hall said that despite the lifting of the injunction, the retailer was awaiting a verdict in the lawsuit, which claims city officials erred in granting building permits for the store because they did not adequately address traffic and parking impacts to the surrounding area.
THE818NOW
May 9, 2013
A judge on Wednesday denied Burbank's request to throw out a lawsuit filed by a former police officer who claims he was fired in retaliation for exposing alleged misconduct by his colleagues. The attorney for former officer Pete Allen hailed the judge's decision, calling the city's motion an “attempt to stall and delay justice.” City officials say they plan to appeal the ruling. Allen claims he was fired in retaliation for exposing alleged officer misconduct during an investigation into a robbery at Porto's Bakery in 2007.
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