Class Action against Nevada over "Patient Dumping" practices
On Sept. 10, 2013, City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed a class action against the State of Nevada on behalf of California local governments to which indigent psychiatric patients were improperly bused from the state-run Rawson-Neal Hospital in Las Vegas. The lawsuit seeks a court-ordered injunction barring Nevada from similar patient discharge practices in the future, and reimbursement for San Francisco's costs to provide care to the patients bused there. The litigation arises from allegations that Rawson-Neal improperly discharged and unsafely transported at least two-dozen patients by Greyhound bus to San Francisco between 2008 and 2013.
Cleaning up lead paint in California
For 13 years, San Francisco and other cities and counties in California have been pursuing legal action against the manfuacturers of lead-based paints that have sickened tens of thousands of California children. City Attorney Dennis Herrera has continued pressing the case originally filed by his predecessor, Louise Rennie, since his election in 2001, and hopes for a long-awaited resolution in 2013 that would force these companies to help undo the damage lead paint has done to the state by contributing to cleanup efforts and an abatement plan designed by a number of affected California communities.
Protecting San Francisco City College
City College is under attack, and is in danger of losing its accreditation and shutting down for good. City Attorney Dennis Herrera has filed two legal actions to try to prevent its closure, alleging that its threatened loss of accreditation is rooted in a private agency’s political bias and disregard of legal procedures, and a public entity’s oversight failures.
Monster Energy Litigation
City Attorney Dennis Herrera is locked in litigation with Monster Beverage Corporation over the company's alleged violatations of California law for marketing highly-caffeinated energy drinks to children as young as six years old, despite scientific findings that such products may cause “significant morbidity in adolescents” from elevated blood pressure, brain seizures, and severe cardiac events. Said Herrera: “Monster Energy is unique among energy drink makers for the extent to which it targets children and youth in its marketing, despite the known risks its products pose to young people's health and safety.”
Prop 8 Litigation/Marriage Equality
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera has been at the forefront of the legal battle for marriage equality in California. His office was the first government entity in American history ever to sue to invalidate discriminatory marriage laws, and it is the only law office to be involved as a party in every aspect of the legal fight since 2004 -- from defending Mayor Newsom's issuance of same-sex marriage licenses; to successfully suing to strike down the anti-gay marriage exclusion in the state courts; to challenging the discriminatory Proposition 8 in the California Supreme Court, and now as co-plaintiff in the U.S. Supreme Court.
Gang Injunction Cases
In an effort to protect public safety in some of San Francisco's most violence-plagued neighborhoods, the City Attorney has obtained civil injunctions against five notorious criminal street gangs: Western Addition-based Eddy Rock, Chopper City and Knock Out Posse gangs; the Mission-based Norteño gang; Bayview/Hunter's Point-based Oakland Mob; and Visitacion Valley based Down Below Gangsters and Towerside gangs.
Healthy San Francisco Case
The City Attorney continues to lead the City's legal defense of the groundbreaking "Healthy San Francisco" universal health care program after prevailing in the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. Opponents are continuing their legal challenge to the validity of the employer spending requirement -- a key element of the program.
National Arbitration Forum Case
City Attorney Herrera is pursuing a major case to protect credit card consumers against so-called "arbitration mills," which purport to impartially resolve disputes over credit card debt, but that in reality almost always rule on behalf of credit card companies. The case was also instrumental in stopping collection agents from publishing consumers' private information -- including Social Security numbers -- in public court filings.
Skyline Realty, CitiApartments
City Attorney Herrera filed suit against Skyline Realty, CitiApartments and a complex web of subsidiary limited liability companies for an egregious pattern of illegal business practices -- including retaliation and intimidation tactics against tenants.
Tenant Rights in the Foreclosure Crisis
The City Attorney's Office and the San Francisco Department of Building Inspection have taken steps to protect tentants from utility shutoffs in the event their landlords face foreclosure on their buildings.