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Hanson Bridgett Successfully Seeks End to 19 yearlong Class Action
Class Action in Adult Parole Revocation System Terminated

July 16, 2013 (SAN FRANCISCO, CA) — Hanson Bridgett LLP announced today that it successfully argued for decertification and termination of a nineteen-year-old class action case that was brought against the State of California challenging the constitutionality of California’s adult parole revocation process. Judge Lawrence K. Karlton presided over the matter in California’s Eastern District Court.

The court originally found that the State did not provide adult parolees with adequate due process and required the State to overhaul its parole revocation system. The State has made great strides in transforming the system, including approving legislation resulting in a dramatic reduction in the number of adult parolees in California and requiring parole revocation hearings to be adjudicated by State superior courts, rather than the Board of Parole Hearings. As a result of these legislative changes, attorneys at Hanson Bridgett argued—and the Court agreed—that the case was moot as of July 1, 2013. The Court decertified the class and ordered the case dismissed.

“We are extremely pleased that justice has been served in terminating this case,” said Paul B. Mello, Hanson Bridgett Partner. “Judge Karlton has rightly ordered that this case is moot as a result of criminal justice realignment and that Plaintiffs’ counsel may not continue to litigate this case, and monitor the superior courts, as they had requested.”

Judge Karlton’s order, issued on July 3, 2013, will terminate the case in early August after resolution of administrative matters.

Hanson Bridgett is a law firm with more than 150 attorneys in offices in San Francisco, Sacramento, the North Bay, Silicon Valley and the East Bay. Serving clients since 1958, we are well known in Northern California and have earned a national reputation in many of our practice areas.

Our diverse client list includes large national and global companies as well as many governmental entities, regional businesses and individuals. While we keep true to our California roots, our work increasingly takes us across state and national borders.

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