Montoya v. City of Los Angeles Recognized by Daily Journal as a Top Plaintiffs’ Verdict by Impact
The Daily Journal recognizes Partner Matthew McNicholas’ verdict in Montoya v. City of Los Angeles as a 2016 Top Plaintiffs’ Verdict by Impact in its annual report. Matt’s successful representation in Montoya is part of a long campaign to end police retaliation against its officers. “Retaliation pins a scarlet letter on you, sends you a message,” Matt said. “We’re trying to send a message back.”
On April 5, 2016, Matt obtained a $2.1 million verdict ($3.1 million judgment once statutory fees were added) on behalf of former LAPD detective Maria Elena Montoya, who was retaliated against after taking a medically-ordered and approved disability leave. She alleged that upon returning to work, her supervisors subjected her to adverse employment actions, including stripping her of her Peace Officer powers, transferring her out of a coveted detective assignment, suspending her and more. As a direct result of these actions, she not only suffered humiliation, anxiety and emotional distress, but irreparable damage was done to her career.