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Update on Volkswagen Diesel Fraud Case

We filed an action in Butte County on May 17, 2018 with the intent of having a jury decide punitive damages. We would be the first party to bring the defeat device case to jury trial.  Peer reviewed studies proved thousands of people with lung diseases died from the fraud.  


Has the Court-Clog Crises Been Solved?

Posted by Fred Fletcher on Saturday, March 17, 2018 Under: Court
Last week, Humboldt Superior Court opened the jury assembly room to conduct a civil jury trial. Previously, the Court blamed the court-clog problem on not having enough rooms. The Court informed media outlets last year that it was desperately seeking more room to conduct civil trials. The lack of a venue to resolve civil disputes has caused a dramatic spike in crime, which is profitable to many including the Court. 

The Court recently agreed to use the jury assembly room as a courtroom as a favor to Humboldt Housing who was evicting a disabled lady.  Humboldt Housing receives public funding. The alliance between the Court and local slumlords drives our homeless problem.  This decades-long-alliance is not the result of political ideology. We have both neo-liberal and conservative judges. The alliance is the result of personal interests. The large law firms tend to represent landlords, and a judge needs the endorsement of large law firms.  The Court has an economic and political incentive to align with the large law firms and their clients. The conditions plaguing Humboldt do not happen in a vacuum and are caused by those in power. 

Historically, the Humboldt Court has been a monolithic judiciary with orders from one judge being a carbon copy of another.  The Court apparently believes branding itself as one-collective-brain protects it from scrutiny, which was the inauthentic approach Hillary Clinton used to lose the election. Humboldt is a diverse community and is under-served by a judiciary lacking any cultural or ideological nuances.  My background as a corporate-fraud-lawyer causes me concern whenever I see a group of people no longer filtering anything through individual consciences. The healthiest courthouses I have practiced before have a judiciary with robust differing viewpoints.  

We however will remain vocal. If the Court refuses to open access to justice with equity, we will become louder. We will troll local judicial elections with impunity. We will not relent until all civil litigants are provided a forum to redress grievances. We will take a public and adversarial stance against anyone who attempts to keep the current dysfunction in place. 

Will the Court allow all residents to use the jury assembly room, or will this privilege only be reserved for subsidized landlords tossing tenants onto the street?

I participated in the trial to obtain proof the jury assembly room may be properly used as a courtroom. If the Court refuses to allow all residents access to resolve their civil disputes in the jury assembly room this will blow up. 

As for the trial, the Court did not allow the jury to decide. After a week long of testimony the jury was sent home disempowered.  

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Tags: humboldt housing  slumlords. jury  court  civil  trials 

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