Entries in this section are published as a case comes to our attention, but usually before review of the pleadings, contact with the lawyers and their clients, preparation of the case narrative, review of the original filings or final assignment to case categories.
The format of each entry thus varies a bit depending on the source.
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- Taunton, Mass - state court -
- Gross neglience, intentional infliction of mental and physical pain and suffering, wrongful death by advocacy of suicide
- a 17 year old girl urges a young male acquaintance to kill himself, instructs him how to do it, insists he follow through with it and does nothing as he dies.
- Lynn Roy o/b/o Estate of Conrad Roy vs. Michelle Carter
Ms. Roy's lawyers for the civil case are Kenneth Anderson, Esq. Eric Goldman, Esq. and Jonathan E. Tobin, Esq. 50 Redfield Street Boston, Massachusetts 02122 (617) 265-3900
Michelle Carter of Plainville, Mass was sentenced on Aug 3, 2017 to 15 months in prison for the involuntary manslaughter of her then "boyfriend" back in 2014. Evidence in the criminal trial proved that she urged Conrad Roy to kill himself, conceived of the method of death (CO poisoning in a vehicle), exhorted him to commit the act, insisted he go through with it even after he tried to escape the gas, and sat idly by her cell phone doing nothing and alerting noone as he lay dying. All done knowing of the boy's history of mental illness and prior suicide attempts. Response by the public to her conviction and sentencing included uniform abhorrence and outrage at the degree of Carter's heartless amorality. Meanwhile, nationwide, youth suicides are on the rise as bullying and cell phone abuse become rampant, and schools are being held to legal account for failure to step in with vigorous remedial steps to shut the epidemic of deadly cruelty down cold in its tracks; how many young deaths will it take before effective action is taken? And the question is being rightly asked: did the parents of these cruel and abusive kids know of their depravity? Condone it? Take any steps to teach these children the moral if not legal shamefulness of torturing other children to a point of despair? If teachers and administrators can be held responsible, why not the parents who cultivate or ignore the conduct of their twisted progeny? Would a youthful supplier of a loaded pistol be liable for handing it to a despairing acquaintance with an exhortation to kill herself? Would the supplier's parents also be liable if they knew their minor daughter had the gun and advocated its use by other children?
The family of young Mr. Roy must certainly - and rightfully - be contemplating a civil action against the killer (there's no other word for what the young woman did; manslaughter is death even though assessed "involuntary.") She is likely without assets but may be covered by insurance in some form. And let her suffer anew the consequences of her hideous act in a civil proceeding. Such litigation is likely and warranted. And perhaps her parents or guardians should be joined to allow a jury to act in loco parentis as a signal to parents they actually have responsibilities in the raising of children. Stay tuned...
UPDATE: On August 4, 2017, less than 24 hours after Ms. Carter was sentenced on her criminal conviction, Conrad Roy's mother filed a civil action for wrongful death against her son's killer. Asserting damages in excess of $4 million, the suit -to date- does not name Carter's parents as defendants. (Case caption and attorneys above.)
- Hotel Investors owns the Hampton Inn located at 2730 North Causeway Boulevard in Metairie, Louisiana. The Louisiana Department of Development and Transportation ("DODT") recently completed a multi-year construction project in the I-10/Causeway Boulevard/Veterans Boulevard interchange, which was designed to alleviate traffic congestion in the area. As part of the project, the DOTD constructed an elevated fly-over bridge within ten yards of the hotel. The DOTD also shut down a U-turn that had allowed guests exiting I-10 at Causeway Boulevard to reach the hotel without having to cross Veterans Boulevard. Hotel Investors sued the DODT for inverse condemnation, contending that the DODT's road construction project, including the fly-over bridge, had "taken" its property without just compensation as required under the Louisiana Constitution. $6.8 million jury verdict for plaintiff Hotel Investors, LLC
- Hotel Investors, LLC v. State of Louisiana, Department of Development and Transportation.
- The plaintiffs are represented by Sher, Garner, Cahill, Richter, Klein and Hilbert
909 Poydras St. Suite 2800, NOLA 70112 504.299.2100
- Conner is represented by Atty Lisa Brener 504.302.8981 email@example.com
- The family's lawyers are L. Eric Williams and Alexis Normand of the Williams Law Office in Metairie - one of the leading workplace injury and dangerous substances firms in Louisiana.
Mr. Fayard's lawyers are Jon McGill and Donald Dorenkamp, II of Gretna, La.
Still another of the parish lawsuits against oil and gas defendants is sent back from federal court to state court, for trial before a jury from the damaged parish on whether the companies breached their agreements to comply with the Coastal Resources Management Act, whether that breach caused damage to the parish coast and, if so, the dollar cost of that damage.
Jeffrey Clark and Garr Hardin, freed after 22 years in prison for a crime they did not commit, have sued the whole cast of law enforcement characters - the city, the county, the police, the sheriffs, the crime lab, the coroner and the medical examiner - who prosecuted them, for everything from malicious prosecution to negligent supervision. Damages are expected to be massive - in the tens of millions - due to the outrageous behavior of the prosecution conspirators. One of the most egregious examples of false and malicious prosecution on record to date.
Their lawyers in the civil cases are Larry Simon in Louisville and Amy Robinson Staples of Chicago. Their lawyers in the preceding challenge of their convictions were , and .
Woman testifies in a civil suit she filed against professional football player (Mr. Junior Galante) for intentional injury after state decides not to prosecute him for criminal assault; trial continues in Jefferson Parish La. as both plaintiff and defendant testify. In a classic she-says/he says case, jury this time believes him, rejects the woman's testimony -- and so finds the defendant "not liable."
A national News Service has filed its appellate brief defending Federal Judge James Oteros decision that the court clerk in Ventura, CA must let the press see new actions before they are processed. In a First Amendment civil suit ongoing for more than 3 years, CNS is demanding the right to view civil complaints as soon as they are filed, without having to wait for days or weeks until clerks finish all their processing.
With escalating intense interest in the content and substance of civil filings nationwide, major mainstream publications like NYT, AP, WSJ and the Post have now joined the lawsuit filing amicus briefs.
Here in New Orleans, it appears that new complaints are available as soon as they are filed; but TRIALogs is scrutinizing the system to confirm that's true of all filings and not just some of them. In Jefferson Parish, complaints are viewable immediately since they are scanned and indexed at the time of filing.
A sand mining company licensed by lease to mine publicly-owned sand is suing the county for passing a law banning such mining if the sand is used for fracking - but not if its used for construction. The sand is valued at between $3.6 up to $5.7 billion as demand skyrockets - the amount of the damages claimed. Between 150 and 250 million tons of sand are in dispute. The company charges discrimination based solely on the purpose of use.
ALERT: As the global sand shortage escalates, suits like these will become more and more frequent. In Australia, competing sand claims are leading to piracy and violence on sand islands in the Pacific. Improbable as it may seem, Louisiana coastal sand is a commodity subject to depletion and escalating price.
- North Carolina - Dish Network related case
- Illegal robocalls
- In a separate case in Greensboro, NC, 51,000 plaintiffs in a class action suit secure a $20 million verdict against Dish Network for the same misconduct - illegal robocalling of people on the Do Not Call list.
ALERT: the legal tools are already in place to take these companies to task for their abuses, here, recovering $300 MILLION in two private civil actions - with no involvement at all by government regulatory officials or law enforcement personnel. Just the plaintiffs, their private lawyers and a pair of judges!
- New Orleans - Federal District Court
- Suit by Levee Board against oil and gas companies for destruction of and failure to repair Louisiana wetlands
In the original lawsuit filed by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East (SLFPA-E) against dozens of oil and gas companies, charging them with destruction of the coast and wetlands through decades of drilling and channel-building, the case was first "removed" (transferred) from state to federal court. The federal trial court then threw out the lawsuit on procedural grounds, and the federal appeals court upheld the decision. Now, the (SLFPA-E) is taking its possible last action: appealing the case to the US Supreme Court, which could simply refuse to hear it, or accept it and set it for hearing. In the years of wrangling so far, many parishes have filed their own actions in state court. The oil and gas people have tried to have them all removed to federal court, but the state court civil judges have refused 29 times out of 29 attempts. So all those cases are going to be coming up for trial in the future - most of them in front of local parish juries. Orleans Parish is one of the few impacted coastal venues that has NOT yet filed such a suit. But Mayor Landrieu is getting some pressure to do so, and insists he's thinking about it and will decide before he leaves office.
- District of Columbia - Federal District Court
- government invasion of privacy and personal injury
- Suit by three US citizens against the Trump Campaign organization and its principal advisor, Roger Stone, for invasion of privacy and personal injury from hacking into and publishing plaintiff's emails and personal data.
Missouri - state court
Deceptive trade practices
Suit by consumers against candy manufacturer for shortpackaging customers
Robert Bratton -- alone and on behalf of others in his class -- is suing Hershey Chocolate Co. in Missouri for short-changing him and all buyers of Whoppers and Reese's Pieces by routinely underfilling the boxes of candy - seeking damages of up to $5 million for the class.
The suit is typical of a national trend of suing food manufacturers and retailers such as Starbucks, Barilla Pasta, Subway and Wise potato chips for deceptive quantity and pricing practices. Scott Kamber and Dave Steelman are lawyers for the plaintiffs, who have had it with the ever-spiralling efforts of manufacturers to deceive the public via packaging and labelling scams. The original candy purchase amouted to less that $2 - an example of the adage "Hey, a billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon yer talkin' about real money."
Civil suit by passenger in a car rear-ended by another car - against driver of the second car (Mr. Cardell
- Family of Alton Sterling sues East Baton Rouge and its police for intentional injury and wrongful death by shooting - after prosecutors decide not to file criminal charges.
State court - 19th District - East Baton Rouge Parish
Michael Adams and Brandon Decuir are the family's lawyers.
- Police officer shot during street protests in the Alton Sterling case sues "Black Lives Matter" group and several individual members for inciting an atmosphere of violence leading to and thereby causing the officer's shooting by an out-of-state protester. Attorney Donna Grodner represents the officer.
- In a third case arising from the Alton Sterling shooting, 15 peaceful protesters sue Baton Rouge area law enforcement agencies for intentional injury stemming from unlawful arrests. John Adcock, the group's attorney, asks for damages for the injuries and court orders barring similar conduct in the future.
Federal Court - Middle District of Louisiana (Baton Rouge)
- Two more civil suits have been filed by Sterling shooting protesters against an increasing number of Baton Rouge police officers; complaints totalling 125 pages describe the alleged events in substantial detail .
- ARIZONA - state court
Estate of Colin Brough et al vs. Shooter's Choice, LLC, Warren Jones, Rose Anna Jones
School shooting case. Parents of a young man killed by a shooter with a handgun are suing Shooter's Choice of Arizona, LLC, the shooter, and both of his parents (owners of Shooter's Choice) for wrongful death and negligence -- alleging that the parents taught him to shoot, supplied him with the handgun, knew the shooter was unstable, given to outbursts and likely to commit a crime with the gun and were negligent in supervising his activity when armed.
Still another case aiming to extend civil liability for foreseeable handgun killings beyond the actual shooter. The family's lawyer is Lou Diesel of Aspey, Watkins and Diesel of Flagstaff AZ
Suit by impoverished residents of infamous "Cancer Alley" in St. James Parish against state Dept. of Natural Resources for failing to protect residents from hazardous installations, here, by approving the last leg of the Bayou Bridge pipeline
Daily rail commuters in New York, fed up with rotten service, sue the Long Island Railroad for damages and court-ordered improvements
New York, NY
state trial court
Meredith Jacobs et al v. Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), MTA Chairman Joseph Lahota et al
breach of contract, negligence and "intentional infliction of emotional distress," listing a litany of complaints alleging the railroad is failing to provide on-time, safe and reliable service. It seeks unspecified damages. Seeking class approval. "We are requesting hundreds of documents be turned over. I am hoping they will help give me answers for my clients."
Pl lawyer is Paul Liggieri
- Lafayette - Fedl District Ct - WDL
- Breach of contract to comply with Coastal Resources Management law
- Vermilion Parish case against oil and gas companies seeking damages for wetland destruction is sent back to state court for trial.
Civil suit by youthful citizen group against the US and various agencies for failing to protect them from environmental harm. (Citizens again sue the government for failing to due its job - a national trend?)
Federal Dist Ct - Oregon - with Louisiana plaintiff
Kelsey Cascadia Rose Juliana, Jayden Foytlin, et al. v.
United States of America
Jayden Foytlin, a 15 year old student from
Rayne, LA about 10 miles west of Lafayette - is one of 21 young plaintiffs in a civil suit against the charging the federal government with failure to provide a safe environment for the young plaintiffs. More specifically, for allowing environmentally hazardous conduct destructive of air and water quality and enabling global warming. Ms. Foytlin is part of a class of young adults from all over the United States who have brought the lawsuit in Federal Court in Eugene Oregon, where several of the young citizens live. The government challenged the right of these young people to bring a lawsuit; a Federal Court upheld their right and the Trump administration is appealing to get the case thrown out fearing a trial on the reality of global warming caused by US industrial practices. As a resident of Rayne, Ms.Foytlin is acutely aware - moreso than many of the palintiffs- of the effects of climate change on her town and surrounding Parish (Jefferson), and was selected for participation in the lawsuit because of the provable severity of the threat to her life and livelihood. All the plaintiffs are in jeopardy but Ms. Foytlin is especially vulnerable as a resident of coastal US . The government asserted the group has no standing to sue because they arent really in harms way. The trial court threw out that argument and confirmed its decision at a hearing on June 8, 2017. Stay tuned to find out if these dedicated young residents will succeed in getting a judicial order for the government to take action to limit rather than promote environmental harm Their lawyers are Michelle A. Blackwell, Blackwell Law PC Louisiana
; Daniel M. Galpern, Law Offices of Daniel M. Galpern Philip L. Gregory, Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP and Julia A. Olson, Wild Earth Advocates .
Civil claim against private employer for allowing sexually harassing language and actions by customers in the workplace.)
Fedl Dist CT - New Orleans
Baker v. Harrahs et al
Ms. Evelyn Baker has filed a civil suit in New Orleans's Eastern District Federal court seeking damages from Harrahs Casino and some of its subcontractors for enabling and allowing sexual harassment and abuse of her by hi-roller gamblers. Essentially, she claims her employer did little or nothing to correct or punish customers for insulting her with sexual epithets and engaging in sexual contact with her as she worked as a roulette and blackjack dealer conduct which occurred over the course of more than 3 years. She proposed settling for a change of policy to assure protection of herself and other female employees, but Harrahs refused. So she sued, and is now seeking more than $300,000 from her employer and its insurors.
The case is currently scheduled for trial on Dec. 11, 2017 before Magistrate Judge Joe Wilkinson. Ms. Bakers New Orleans lawyer is Jessica Vazquez at the Vazquez Law Office; she can be reached at 504.571.9582.
Civil suit against a Mandeville solar panel supplier for damages resulting from false and misleading statements about the net cost of products after applicable La tax credits.
James Fincher, et al v. Marc Jones Construction, LLC d/b/a SunPro Solar
20 people have filed a class action lawsuit against Marc Jones Construction, LLC d/b/a SunPro Solar LLC of Mandeville, La. The plaintiffs live in several parishes from
Orleansto Lafayetteand they are suing on behalf of any other plaintiffs who have been similarly harmed as claimed. They claim that SunPro sold them solar panel systems by promising or guaranteeing that they would be granted a Louisiana tax credit, while knowing the credit might never be available to the plaintiffs due to changes in the tax credit law including one that put a cap on the total credits available to buyers. Louisiana
The suit doesnt challenge the solar panel product or its installation, but rather the misrepresentations made to induce the purchases. On average, the plaintiffs each demand $10,000 for loss of the tax credit plus additional damages for each purchase. There are estimated to be about 100 plaintiffs state-wide.
The plaintiffs lawyer is Larry Centola from the Martzell, Bickford and Centola firm in
. New Orleans
- Civil suit by residents of the Ninth Ward for up to $50 million in damages resulting from their injuries as residents in a housing development, and students at a school, both knowingly built by the city atop a toxic superfund site.
John Johnson v. Orleans parish School Board
Court Affirms First Amendment Rights of Panhandlers. Slidell Panhandling Ordinance Overturned after ACLU Lawsuit: a city can't require panhandlers to get a permit to ask for money because it's free speech.
Blitch v. Slidell Fedl Dist Ct.
NEW ORLEANS A federal judge declared the City of Slidells panhandling ordinance unconstitutional yesterday, ruling that the law violated the First Amendment rights of people asking for money anywhere within the Slidell City limits. Under the ordinance, panhandlers would have been required to register with police and acquire a permit to engage in a constitutionally protected activity. The ACLU of Louisiana brought the suit on behalf of Gary Blitch, a U.S. Army veteran, and his co-plaintiffs David Knight and Daniel Snyder. This decision affirms that even unpopular speech is protected under the Constitution, said Marjorie Esman, Executive Director of the ACLU of Louisiana. The City of Slidell may not ban messages it doesnt like or punish people for asking for help. Instead it has an obligation to protect the rights of all residents. In January 2017, the City agreed to suspend enforcement of the ordinance, and passed a revised version with only minor changes. The final ordinance still required a difficult and unnecessary process for anyone who wished to exercise their right to ask others for money. The fundamental flaw in Slidells ordinance is that it required people to get permits from the government just to exercise their right to free speech in public, said Staff Attorney Bruce Hamilton. Thats offensive to the Constitution and to the values we hold as a free country.
The plaintiffs were represented by ACLU of Louisiana Staff Attorney Bruce Hamilton, and cooperating attorney Ronald L. Wilson.
- Indigent people who cannot afford to pay illegal fees and court costs sue the very judges and court officials who impose the costs, then jail and harass them for non-payment. The so-called "Unlawful Debtor's Prison" case.
Alana Cain et al v. City of new Orleans et al - class action - NOLA Fedl Dist Ct.
6 named plaintiffs bring a civil class action suit against the City of New Orleans, The New Orleans Criminal District Court and all 13 of its state judges, and several others to put an end here to the allegedly unconstitutional system of setting bonds, penalties, fines and fees in the criminal courts. The suit is a class action for the benefit of the yet unnamed but potentially scores of others suffering the same wrongs as the named plaintiffs - all of whom are impoverished and unable to pay the escalating fees and so-called "court costs." And all of whom have been punished with unlawful fees and costs, and jailed for non-payment, as a method of the court system funding itself. (Charging the defendants who are supposed to be rendering justice are instead imposing illegal punishments in order to pay their own salaries and benefits.) The suit asks a Federal court judge to declare that the defendants' scheme is illegal, to prohibit them from continuing it, to pay monetary damages to the victims, and to pay the legal costs for bringing and trying this complex and nationally significant lawsuit.
Adrian Caliste and Brian Gisclair v. Judge Harry Cantrell
Another "Debtor's Prison" lawsuit filed by two impoverished individual plaintiffs against the Magistrate who violated the constitution in denying or setting bail to assure they'd remain in custody. The suit relates to a separate class action suit (Cain et al) charging the whole lot of NOLA criminal division judges with illegally setting bail as a mechanism for funding of the judges' salaries and the local criminal justice system.
- Another "debtor's prison" suit by impoverished plaintiffs against 16 criminal court judges in Houston for illegal jailing based solely on inability to pay fines and costs.
MARANDA LYNN ODONNELL, et al. v. Harris County, Texas - other state but related to Cain and Cantrell cases
- Civil suit against bank for fraudulently modifying a mortgage loan's terms without telling the borrowers, thereby charging them an additional $85,000 in interest
N. Carolina Western District
Cotton v. Wells Fargo Bank
Chris and Allison Cotton sued their mortgage lender, Wells-Fargo, when they learned the bank had increased their loan repayment period from 20 to 40 years without telling them. It's a common scheme, facilitated by banks urging their customers to accept a lower interest rate and "lower monthly payment." But they do it by increasing the term of the mortgage repayment and thus the amount of interest they earn. The Cottons, however, weren't told about THAT part of the deal. Already in Chpt. 13 financial trouble, but now owing $85,000 more than they thought, they sued Wells-Fargo, a bank already renowned for having set up fake accounts for thousands of its customers (for which the bank was fined $185 million!) and another failure-to-notify scam - for which it was fined another $82 million.
- Civil suit against debt collector by bank customer for illegal debt collection practices; bank escapes liability in Supreme Court, concluding it's a creditor not a debt collector.
Henson v. Santander Consumer USA (U.S. Supreme Court)
(CN) In the first opinion authored by newcomer Justice Neil Gorsuch, the Supreme Court ruled Monday that a banks collections group didnt skirt the law while collecting on delinquent car notes because it qualifies as a creditor, not a debt collector, after buying the loans. At issue is the question whether the bank Santander Consumer USA qualifies as a debt collector, which would make it subject to the terms of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, or a creditor, which would render it immune from the acts constraints. Though Santander considers itself a creditor, it faced a class action led by Ricky Henson because it bought a portfolio of auto loans from CitiFinancial, a qualified debt collector subject to the FDCPA. The case opens the door for debt collection companies to skirt the FDCPA by styling themselves as creditors.
- Civil suit by the family of a resident shot and killed by a police officer -- naming the officer and his employer, the MPD, and charging the department with negligent employment of an unqualified officer
The ESTATE of SYLVILLE K. SMITH v. CITY OF MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN AND DOMINIQUE HEAGGANBROWN
Sylville Smith ran when pulled over for a possible traffic infraction. The officer chased him. He had a gun which he threw over a fence when he slipped and fell during the chase. The officer shot him in the arm using an illegal hollow-point bullet. As Mr. Smith lay injured - and unarmed - on the ground, the officer shot him point blank in the chest, killing him. The officer had a long and significant history of excessive force complaints before this killing.
Civil suit for wrongful death against all of the bars that served a drunken driver who killed the plaintiff in auto crash.
Madigan vs. Durty Nellies, Finn McCools, Peggy Kinnanes and the Estate of Tyler Stewart Lawrence
Lawrence Madigan, age 68, is dead. He was killed suddenly in February 2017 by a drunk driver named Tyler Stewart in an auto crash in
. Mr. Madigan was on his way home from a long day at work. But Stewart had been on a pub crawl, an organized event for groups of people seeking a good time by traveling from bar to bar to drink. His blood-alcohol level was .167, almost twice the legal limit in Crystal Lake, Illinois . Stewart had gotten drunk cruising three bars on the crawl route; he too was killed in the crash he caused. McHenry County, Illinois
Mr. Madigans wife, Karaline Madigan, has sued not only Stewarts estate, but also all three of the bars that served Stewart alcohol accounting for his .167 level.
, like many states that protect the alcohol industry, has a Dram Shop law which insulates or limits the liability of bars for negligent over-serving to patrons. In Illinois , liability is limited to only $149,000 per bar, per incident. ( Illinois specifically immunizes bar owners from liability entirely.) Louisiana
Ms. Madigans lawyer is Jennifer Ashley, who has elected with her client to name all three bars Durty Nellies, Finn McCools (unrelated to the New Orleans pub), and Peggy Kinnanes - as defendants. "He was overserved every step of the way," said Ms. Ashley. Its anticipated that the three bars will defend by pointing fingers at one another, but the trial court has at least refused to dismiss the suit against any of them. So the jury will decide if any or all will be liable. Ms. Ashley decided not to name the organizer of the pub crawl on grounds that intoxication and vehicle operation by the participants could be foreseen. The case is scheduled to be tried in 2017.
Civil suit against a state prosecutor and police officers for criminal prosecution knowing about and concealing evidence at trial that would have proven innocence.
Brown v. Daniel Rizzo et al
Alfred Brown, who was jailed for 10 years for a crime he didnt commit, has brought a civil suit in
against his prosecutor for wrongful prosecution while knowing of Mr. Brownss innocence. The plaintiff charges that the prosecutor threatened witnesses, concealed evidence, and failed to turn over evidence that would have proved him innocent. The City of Texas and police officers who participated in the fraud are also defendants in the case. Mr. Brown is seeking several million dollars for the value of his 10 years in prison most of them on death row. Houston
His lawyer is Gwen Richard at the LeClairRyan law firm in
. Ms. Richard is one of the most experienced and respected trial lawyers in Houston , usually working on behalf of large corporations. She can be reached at 713.752.8303 Texas
Civil suit against California school bus operator for carelessly abandoning a seriously disabled student in a parked school bus in intense heat, thereby killing him.
Estate of H J "Paul" Lee v. Armando Ramirez et al.
The family of an autistic teenager who died in 2015 after being left alone for hours on a parked, sweltering school bus has reached a $23.5-million settlement with the bus agency, attorneys said. H J Paul Lee, 19, was found on the floor of a bus parked in a Whittier bus yard on Sept. 11, 2015 a 96-degree day and the non-verbal teenager was pronounced dead after lifesaving efforts failed. The bus driver, Armando Abel Ramirez of Rialto did not check the rear of the bus to ensure Lee had left; Mr. Ramirez had focused his attention on texts from a fellow employee inviting him to have sex after finishing his route. Most of the the large damage award will be paid by the insuror of the private school bus company held responsible for Mr. Lee's death. The family's lawyers were Brian Parrish, Rahul Ravipudi, Robert Glassman and Sang Yun - all of Whittier CA.