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Frank and Ola Marshall, the maternal grandparents of the two minors who were removed from their home and detained in foster care for forty-four days in 2006, alleged that social workers removed the children in the absence of probable cause and without first obtaining a warrant to do so. The Marshalls also alleged that once the children were removed from the home, social workers intentionally fabricated evidence and suppressed material exculpatory evidence, among other things, as part of their effort to continue to detain the children.

RE: Marshall v. County of Los Angeles, et al.

Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles

Case No. BC 377071

Judge: Hon. Kenneth R. Freeman, Dept. 64

The suit also alleged that the policies, practices, or procedures employed by Los Angeles County Social Services in the removal of Plaintiffs' grandchildren from the their care violated the family's constitutional rights, under the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution. The alleged unlawful policies, practices or procedures pertained to the removal of children without first obtaining a warrant to do so; the removal of children absent evidence to support a suspicion of imminent danger or serious physical injury; continuing detention of children after learning there was no basis to do so; and, failing to adequately train employees regarding the Constitutional rights of parents and grandparents who have a long standing custodial relationship with their grandchildren.

Los Angeles County and the individual social worker defendants deny any wrongdoing.

Lead counsel Shawn A. McMillan states "Our clients are hopeful this case will cause the County and its Department of Social Services to implement procedures to prevent future similar conduct by County social workers and protect other families."

San Diego area attorneys Shawn A. McMillan, of the Law Offices of Shawn A. McMillan, APC., Donnie R. Cox and Dennis Atchley of the Law Offices of Donnie E. Cox (Oceanside), and Paul Leehey along with Los Angeles area attorney Robert Howell, of the Law Offices of Howell & Howell were Plaintiffs' counsel in the case.

For additional information, contact:

Shawn A. McMillan, Esq.


4955 Via Lapiz

San Diego, California 92122

Telephone: (858) 646-0069

Facsimile: (206) 600-4582


Donnie R. Cox, Esq. and Dennis B. Atchley, Esq.

Law Office of Donnie R. Cox

402 North Nevada Street, Oceanside, CA 92054-2025

Ph: (760) 400-0263; Fax: (760) 400-0269

Paul W. Leehey, Esq.

Law Office of Paul W. Leehey

205 West Alvarado Street, Fallbrook, California 92028

Ph: (760) 723-0711; Fax: (760) 723-6533

Robert L. Howell, Esq.

The Law Offices of Howell & Howell

1250 E Walnut St Ste 140

Pasadena, CA 91106

Ph: (626) 568-1900; Fax: (626) 568-1904

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Shawn McMillan
The Law Offices of Shawn A. McMillan, APC