Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Monday, December 17, 2012


Page 11



LADragnet: Trutanich Misses Deadline to Appeal $2 Million Verdict


Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich failed to timely file an appeal against a multi-million dollar verdict in the case of LAPD Officers Howard Chan and David Benioff, according to a post on the Los Angeles Dragnet blog.

The officers were veteran motorcycle officers with the department’s West Traffic Division who, according to the L.A. Times, “sued the department in 2009, alleging that they had been punished with bogus performance reviews, threats of reassignment and other forms of harassment after objecting to demands from commanding officers that they write a certain number of tickets each day...”

Last year a jury awarded the officers $2 million after determining that LAPD supervisors had retaliated against the men for complaining about the alleged traffic ticket quotas.

The LA Dragnet post alleges that:

“Because Trutanich failed to either pay the award or file an appeal, the City of Los Angeles will now have to pay an additional $243,419.29 in interest.” That interest, it says, “is understood to be calculated at 7% and is believed to be $398.39 a day for the 611 days since the April 11, 2011 verdict.”

The Los Angeles County Bar Association is holding a brown bag lunch for its Litigation Section members today at noon at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judges Amy Hogue and Judge Kevin Brazile will discuss the state of the courts under budget constraints and offer general litigation tips. Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch.

The event is free and open to Litigation Section members only. On-site registration is permitted unless the program fills up.

For more information call (213) 896-6560.

Harriet Posner of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom received the Anti-Defamation League’s Jurisprudence Award at the league’s annual celebration dinner, which kicked off its centennial year on Dec. 11 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.


Attorney Harriet Posner holds her Anti-Defamation League Jurisprudence Award at ADL’s annual dinner celebration at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Dec. 11.



“Imagine a World Without Hate” was the theme of this year’s dinner which, according to a release issued by the group Thursday, raised over $1.1 million to support ADL efforts to combat anti-Semitism and bigotry of all kinds.

Nearly 700 people attended the event, which also honored Anton J. Bilchik, the Chief of Medicine at the John Wayne Cancer Institute and co-founder of the California Oncology Research Institute, who was presented with the group’s Humanitarian Award.

The Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles’ Family Law Section presents a webinar, “Determining Child and Spousal Support,” on Jan.17 at noon.

Expert forensic accountant, Ron Anfuso, CPA/ AVB/CFF, will present the most recent concepts and decisions that have affected his analyses of child and spousal support calculations in family law cases.

The cost of the webinar is $25 for WLALA members, $40 for non-members. A link with instructions will be emailed to registrants.

The event provides one hour of general MCLE credit.

For more information or to register call (213) 892-8982 or email


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