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Hernandez v. City of Sacramento

United States District Court, E.D. California

July 8, 2019

JOHN HERNANDEZ, et al., Plaintiffs,
v.
CITY OF SACRAMENTO, et al., Defendants.

          JOHN L. BURRIS, Esq., SBN 69888 BEN NISENBAUM, Esq., SBN 250055 MELISSA C. NOLO, Esq., SBN 301378 PATRICK M. BUELNA, Esq., SBN 317043 LAW OFFICES OF JOHN L. BURRIS Attorneys for Plaintiffs

          PETITION TO JENNIFER HERNANDEZ AS MINOR H.E.'S GUARDIAN AD LITEM AND TO COMPROMISE MINOR H.E.'S CLAIMS

          HONORABLE JUDGE JOHN A. MENDEZ JUDGE

         Petitioner JENNIFER HERNANDEZ respectfully represents and requests:

         1. Petitioner JENNIFER HERNANDEZ is biological mother and caretaker of minor Plaintiff I I.E.

         2. Minor Plaintiff has causes of action against the named defendants herein on which a lawsuit was brought in this court for violation of civil rights under federal and State statutes.

         3. Minor Plaintiffs causes of action arise out of the March 6, 2017 incident wherein named Defendants chased unarmed John Hernandez from the front of a convenience store into a hospital hallways, beat, tased and asphyxiated him. The minor Plaintiff H.R. sustained the damages described in the operative Complaint, including the loss of her familial relationship to her father. There are no outstanding liens or loans related to this incident.

         4. No previous petition for appointment of guardian ad litem with respect to the Minor has been filed in this matter.

         5. Petitioner is willing to serve as the Minor's Guardian Ad Litem as denoted above. Petitioner is fully competent to understand and protect the rights of the Vlinor.

         6. Plaintiff John Hernandez and Plaintiff H.E. reached have reached a global settlement in this matter in the amount of $5, 200, 000.00 for the two plaintiffs. The parties agreed amongst themselves to apportion the settlement as follows: $5, 000, 000 for John Hernandez for his injuries and future medical costs; and, $200, 000 for Plaintiff 11.IVs loss of her familial relationship with her father, John Hernandez. Jennifer Hernandez as guardian ad litem for I I.I:.. approved of this settlement and apportionment. Minor Plaintiff H.G.'s shares will be structured as set forth below.

Plaintiff U.K.:

$ 200, 000.00

Attorneys fees (25%):

$ -50, 000.00

Plainitff H.E.'s net recovery

$150, 000.00

         7. From the net recovery $100, 000 will be placed in a structured settlement account. (See attached as Exhibit A). The remaining $ 50, 000.00 shall he placed in separate interest-bearing blocked trust at an FDIC insured banking institution for the benefit of Minor Plaintiff I I.E. Every year on her fathers birthday, February 10. there will be disbursed $3, 000 to Plaintiff I I.E. from the blocked account. Plaintiff is 10 years old now, so over the next 7 years approximately $21, 000 will be disbursed. 'The remaining balance in the blocked account shall be payable to Vlinor Plaintiff H.E. on her 18th birthday.

         8. This petition was prepared by the Law Offices of John L. Burris, John Burris, Ben Niscnbaum, Melissa Nold and Patrick Buelna the lead counsels representing plaintiffs in this action. John L. Burris, Esq., Ben Niscnbaum, Esq., Melissa C Nold, and Patrick M. Buelna. Esq. hereby represent to the Court that they became involved in this case at the request of plaintiffs, and have not received, and do not expect to receive any compensation for their services in connection with this action from any person other than the parties whom they represent in this action. The Counsels of Record for Plaintiff have reviewed and recommend this settlement and appointment as well.

         9. Petitioners and their counsel have made a careful and diligent inquiry and investigation to ascertain the facts relating to the subject incidents. the responsibility therefore, and the nature and extent of injury to the minor plaintiff, and fully understand that if the compromise herein proposed is approved by the Court and is consummated, said minor plaintiff will be forever barred and prevented from seeking any further recovery of compensation as against defendants City of Sacramento, el al., in this action, even if said minor's losses and injuries might in the future prove to be more serious than they are now thought to be.

         10. Petitioner recommends this compromise settlement to the Court as being fair, reasonable, and in the best ...


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