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Haney & Shah LLP beats the County of Los Angeles AGAIN in an 11-1 jury trial verdict of $450k that will be in excess of a $1,100,000 judgment. Captain Michael Cash prevailed on all three of his causes of action for retaliation, failure of the LACOFD to prevent retaliation (Chiefs William McCloud, David Richardson and Patrick Errett) and violation of Labor Code 1102.5 (Whistleblower). The County spared no expense in their attempt to defeat Captain Cash’s claims by hiring the big Sheppard, Mullin law firm, but despite the hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayer funds spent by Fire Chief Anthony Marrone, the County lost and lost badly. This defeat followed after Deputy Chief Breshears and County Counsel Jenny Tam both predicted victory for the County. The jury awarded Cash both economic damages for what he would have earned had he not been wrongfully removed as a training captain, and almost $350k in emotional distress damages. With mandatory fees and costs to follow, victorious trial lawyer Steve Haney surmises that the total judgment will be around $1,100,000, unless the County appeals, which Haney says will increase the judgment up to approximately $1.25 million. Among other undisputed evidence is that the Department never told Cash why he lost his training captain status despite multiple unanswered emails sent by Cash to Upper Management personnel. The jury found that the Department’s excuse at trial (i.e., that Richardson did not like Mike Cash’s writing style in Straight Streams) was pretextual and made up. The jury rejected the alternative excuse created by either the County or its lawyers as “unbelievable” according to more than one juror who read the Straight Streams articles. The jury voted unanimously 12-0 that the Straight Streams excuse was bogus. That makes the firm 6 for 6 in trials in 2023, including three jury trials in which the judgment exceeded seven figures.