Lyall v. City of Los Angeles, No. 13-56122 (9th Cir. 2015)Annotate this Case
Plaintiffs filed suit under 42 U.S.C. 1983, alleging that police officers' warrantless entry into a warehouse during a musical event and fundraiser, and their subsequent search and detention of everyone inside, violated the attendees' First and Fourth Amendment rights. The district court granted summary judgment to defendants with respect to the warrantless-search claims and with respect to the unreasonable-seizure claim of Plaintiff Javier Cortez. The court agreed that the majority of the plaintiffs lack standing to challenge the warrantless entry, concluded that the district court’s holding that Cortez is subject to the Heck bar was correct, and rejected all of plaintiffs’ claims of error regarding the jury instructions given at trial. However, the court concluded that Plaintiffs Cortez and Elizabeth Lopez, who were organizers of the event and thus were in possession of the warehouse on the night at issue, have standing to challenge the officers' entry into the warehouse. Accordingly, the court reversed the district court's grant of summary judgment as to that issue. The court remanded the warrantless-entry claims for trial.