LCCR-SF and Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP Obtain a Class Preliminary Injunction Against Bad Boy Bail Bonds That Prevents Collection of Bail Bond Premium Payments

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Building off of the work of BayLegal’s senior consumer protection attorney Juliana Fredman, LCCR-SF and Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP obtained a class preliminary injunction against Bad Boy Bail Bonds to prevent it from collecting bail bond premium payments. The injunction provides relief to Californians who cosigned bail bonds only to find out that …

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CalMatters Highlights BayLegal’s Work to End Unfair Traffic Court Practices

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CalMatters highlighted BayLegal’s work to end traffic court practices that disproportionately affect low-income individuals and Black and Latinx drivers. The latter groups are more likely to be pulled over due to racial profiling. The article describes the work BayLegal did with Western Center and other partner organizations in Hernandez v. CA DMV. In this case, …

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BayLegal Files Suit to Force the US Department of Education to Remove Barriers to Predatory Student Loan Debt Relief

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On January 4, 2021, Bay Area Legal Aid, represented by Public Citizen Litigation Group, filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Education under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).  The lawsuit seeks to force the Department to disclose information related to the misconduct of the now defunct Corinthian Colleges, Inc.  This information is critical …

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Bay Area Legal Aid Reaches Settlement to Protect Survivors of Domestic Violence

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This fall, Bay Area Legal Aid reached a final settlement in a lawsuit filed in 2019 to compel the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) to fulfill its legal and ethical responsibilities to survivors of domestic violence. The lawsuit was filed in response to SFPD’s long-term failure to comply with California Family Code § 6228, a …

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Civil Rights and Legal Aid Groups Demand End to City’s Unconstitutional Towing Practices

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For Immediate Release News from LCCR – SF Bay Area and Bay Area Legal Aid: Groups issue letter to City Attorney over violation of low-income people’s 4th Amendment rights Contact: Taylor Brady, TBrady@baylegal.org, (510) 250-5234; Matt Kovac, mkovac@lccr.com, (415) 510-9601 SAN FRANCISCO – One day after a federal court ordered the City of San Francisco to return an impounded …

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San Francisco Towing Practices Called into Question by New Federal Court Ruling

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For Immediate Release News from LCCR – SF Bay Area and Bay Area Legal Aid: City towed and impounded homeless man’s car for unpaid parking tickets; Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, Bay Area Legal Aid and Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP claim policy violates 4th Amendment guarantee against unreasonable seizure October 10, 2018 Contact: Taylor Brady, …

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Lawsuit Charges San Francisco with Unlawfully Incarcerating Black 15-Year-Old

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June 20, 2018 – For Immediate Release Media Contact: media@baylegal.org Juvenile Probation Department held minor in custody for days after court ordered his release SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Yesterday, Bay Area Legal Aid filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the City and County of San Francisco, the San Francisco Juvenile Probation Department, Chief Allen Nance, …

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2017 in Review: BayLegal’s Litigation Docket

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2017 Litigation Docket
Each year, BayLegal’s dedicated team of attorneys and advocates work with tens of thousands of our Bay Area neighbors to build healthier, safer, and more stable lives. Our advocates fight back when we learn about policies that are pushing families to the edge of homelessness, practices that prevent domestic violence survivors from achieving safety, and …

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Appeal Filed in San Jose Affordable Housing Lawsuit

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE San José – Two San José residents and two non-profit housing advocacy organizations appealed a state court ruling dismissing their claim that the city must follow the state’s Surplus Land Act (SLA), including in the development of the city’s downtown area. Last year San José adopted a local policy in conflict with …

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Our Impact: Strategic Litigation and Policy Advocacy

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Clearinghouse Community: Reforming Driver's License Suspension in California
Reforming Traffic Court Fines, Fees, and Driver’s License Suspensions in California Advocates around the country are grappling with injustices in traffic court systems: minor traffic offenses or nonviolent infractions often carry increasingly high fines and fees; people who cannot afford to pay are faced with even greater fines for nonpayment, loss of a driver’s license, …

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CA court agrees to fair treatment of low-income drivers

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Landmark Lawsuit Settled, Paves Way for Fair Treatment of Low-Income California Drivers Solano County adopts model policies that lessen the burden of traffic fines and fees FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE A settlement was reached today in the first lawsuit in California to challenge the suspension of driver’s licenses as a means of collecting unpaid traffic fines. The …

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