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California Supreme Court ends bail company’s bid to continue violating consumer protection laws, halting debt collection of $38m

ALAMEDA —  Last week, the California Supreme Court declined to review the California Court of Appeal’s decision holding that bail bonds companies cannot operate their businesses in violation of consumer protection laws — which protects Californians from unscrupulous business practices. The Court of Appeal’s decision affirmed a preliminary injunction from Alameda County Superior Court that […]

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Groundbreaking COVID-19 Settlement to Yield Protections for Immigrants Detained by ICE, Limit Re-detention for People Released

SAN FRANCISCO, January 27, 2022 — Immigrants detained by ICE during the COVID-19 pandemic in two California detention facilities have reached a groundbreaking settlement agreement to resolve a long-running class action lawsuit against ICE and GEO, a private contractor who manages one of the facilities. The settlement agreement will compel ICE and GEO to preserve […]

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Appeals Court Says Bail Companies Must Follow Consumer Protection Laws, Prohibits Debt Collection of $38M

Yesterday, the California Court of Appeal upheld a decision to halt Bad Boys Bail Bonds’ debt collection efforts on $38 million dollars of contracts, affirming that the bail bond industry must follow consumer protection laws. This historic class action lawsuit on behalf of cosigners to bail contracts is one of the first to challenge a commercial bail bond company for violating consumer protection laws. Today’s […]

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New Documents Reveal ICE and Private Prison Contractor Exacerbates a COVID Outbreak at Immigration Detention Center

SAN FRANCISCO, November 11, 2020 –Last night, detained immigrants held at the Mesa Verde ICE detention center, in Bakersfield California, filed new documents in support of their request that the U.S. District Court continue to exercise oversight over a facility that suffered a severe COVID outbreak in July and August. By mid-August, more than half of […]

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Judge Order ICE to Provide COVID-19 Testing to Detained Immigrants at Mesa Verde

SAN FRANCISCO, August 6, 2020 — This morning, a federal judge granted extraordinary relief — weekly rapid testing, no new intakes, and a dorm for COVID-positive detainees — for all immigrants detained at Mesa Verde Detention Facility in the wake of a COVID-19 outbreak that hospitalized two detainees and infected at least 7 others. Federal District Court Judge […]