The Settlement has been finally approved and became effective on November 3, 2021. The 2022 benefit checks were mailed out on January 21, 2022.
Update: If you do not cash your first Settlement payment, you will NOT be eligible to receive a second or third payment under the terms of this Settlement. We are currently in the process of calculating second round payment amounts. We do not have an exact payment date, however, Counsel estimates that the second round of payments will be issued by the end of June 2023. Please continue to monitor this website for updates.
If you are a Class Member who submitted a complete and approved claim form and have not received a check, please see FAQ 16. Please continue to provide address updates to the Settlement Administrator for future payments (FAQ 17).
If you have any questions about this case, please email the Settlement Administrator at info@LynwoodStripSearch.com.
If you were strip searched at the Century Regional Detention Facility (“CRDF”) located in Lynwood, California between March 5, 2008 and January 31, 2015, you may be entitled to receive money.
What is this lawsuit about?
Amador v. Baca is a class action lawsuit against the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (“LASD” or “County”). It challenges the way LASD performed strip searches at the Century Regional Detention Facility (“CRDF”), located in Lynwood, CA. In 2017, the court found the LASD’s search practices were unconstitutional. The parties have now reached a settlement. The Court approved the settlement on July 20, 2020.
Who is included?
You are a Class Member (part of this case) if you were strip searched in a group, outside in the bus garage, while entering or returning to the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department's ("LASD") Lynwood Jail (“CRDF”). The case covers such searches for the period March 5, 2008 to January 31, 2015. Only LASD records will be used to decide who is a class member.
Class members could be entitled to several hundred dollars per search, and thousands of dollars for those searched many times. Anyone who qualifies and filed will get at least $200.
Additional information about the lawsuit and important court documents may be found on the Important Documents and FAQs pages of this website.