Family Doe v. Juvenile Doe Defendants

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Family Doe v. Juvenile Doe Defendants

Represented family of Does v. Juvenile Doe defendants in a case arising out of a group assault and battery of a young man and his sister for the group’s perceived bias against the young man’s sexual orientation in violation of his Constitutional Rights and California Civil Code sections 51.7 & 52.1 that recently promulgated.

The group of five juvenile defendants traveled to the family’s home under the guise of retrieving a videogame and attempted to lure the young man out of the house but when they were unsuccessful, forced the door open and pulled him onto the porch where they assaulted and battered him while they shouted homophobic slurs. The sister alerted to the beating, ran to her brother’s aid putting her own safety at risk from these bullies, while members of the group threatened to return that night and break into the family home.

RLG attorneys acted swiftly on behalf of the family, requesting that the defendants’ parents accept liability and defendants’ homeowner’s insurance company provide medical coverage and damages for the young man’s injuries, which included a fractured eye orbit, misaligned jaw, chipped teeth, and injury to his cervical spine.

Over a prolonged and arduous process, the insurance company rejected the claim until our office commenced litigation. After years of costly litigation, four of the defendants settled the case for a six-figure settlement shortly before the original trial date. The one remaining defendant interestingly, the primary defendant, refused to settle the clear liability matter notwithstanding our client’s long-term and devastating injuries including years of psychotherapy, pain management, dental treatment, and long term treatment for his neck including Cervical Facet Radiofrequency Neurotomy.

As a result of the bullying, the family was forced to move, moving out of the state but with our guidance forged ahead to ensure that their son had a secure future including medical coverage for his life-long injuries.

This matter settled in the high six figures with each and every defendant contributing based on their level involvement. Our client has since go on to a straight “A” college student and although he is no longer qualified for a military officer career has now turned his focus to getting an Aerospace Engineering degree.

This case represents RLG’s dedication to protecting individuals and families against the devastating effects of bullying and homophobia have not just on the victim but on his or her family. We stood up to the bully culture and won! RLG is proud to have served a family and the entire community which this horrific incident occurred.