The Settlement has been finally approved and became effective on November 3, 2021. The Claims Administrator is calculating the amount due to each Class Member and preparing to issue payments. The Settlement Administrator anticipates sending the first round of class member settlement checks in January 2022, and there will be subsequent similar checks sent around the same time in 2023 and 2024. The three rounds of payment are because, under the Settlement, the County makes three equal payments, in 2022, 2023, and 2024.
A federal district Court granted final approval to the Settlement in this case on August 11, 2020. A former class member, who had opted out, appealed the Settlement. After losing two appeals before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, she filed a petition for review by the U.S. Supreme Court. The petition for review was denied on October 4, 2021.
Address updates can be emailed or mailed to the Settlement Administrator. You may email your request to info@LynwoodStripSearch.com or you may complete the form on the Contact Us page. Please include your old mailing address along with your request for verification purposes. This should be done immediately to avoid payment being sent to the wrong address.
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 files 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.