On February 11th, DRLC filed a lawsuit in San Francisco Superior Court to clarify the ability of mentally competent, terminally ill California patients to obtain aid in dying from their physician. The plaintiffs, consisting of patients and doctors, are asking the court to declare that physicians who provide a prescription for medication to a mentally competent terminally ill patient should not be subject to criminal prosecution under existing California law.
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Preliminary Approval Granted in DRLC's Class Action against the County of Los Angeles
On February 26, 2013, Judge Consuelo B. Marshall issued an order granting Plaintiffs' Motion for Preliminary Approval of the Class Action Settlement between DRLC and co-counsel Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), and the County of Los Angeles in the precedent setting emergency management planning case Communities Actively Living Independent and Free, et al. v. City of Los Angeles, et al., Case No.: 2:09-cv-00287-CBM-RZ. A fairness hearing will be scheduled in the next few months. The class settlement, once approved, will require the County of Los Angeles to include the unique needs of people with disabilities in their emergency management plans, positively impacting the lives of some 800,000 persons. DRLC and co-counsel reached a similar settlement with the City of Los Angeles last year.
To view the Notice of Class Settlement, please click here.
To view a PDF of the Settlement, please click here.