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Ninth Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment in Favor of Los Angeles County in Civil Rights Case

The Ninth Circuit issued a memorandum decision affirming summary judgment in favor of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Commander Daniel Dyer in a federal civil rights action entitled Claudell Hatter v. Daniel Dyer.   In the action, Claudell Hatter asserted a single claim for violation of the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments based upon the theory that Commander Dyer was deliberately indifferent to unsanitary conditions at the Los Angeles County Men’s Central Jail facility, which allegedly posed a serious risk to Mr. Hatter’s health during the time he was incarcerated there.  The Ninth Circuit found that Mr. Hatter failed to support his legal claim with sufficient evidence on summary judgment and, as such, Commander Dyer was entitled to judgment as a matter of law.  The County of Los Angeles was represented by Jill Williams and Danielle C. Foster.