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Capitol People First v. Dep't of Developmental Servs., A113168

In suit brought by group of persons with developmental disabilities against defendants to secure their entitlement to community living arrangements under the Lanterman Act, denial of class certification is reversed where the court based its decision on improper criteria and erroneous legal assumptions.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 09/25/2007
  • Published 09/25/2007


  • REARDON, Acting P.J.


  • California Court of Appeal


  • For Appellant:
  • Protection & Advocacy, Inc., Ellen S. Goldblatt, Oakland, Eric R. Gelber, Sacramento, Dara L. Schur, Margaret Roberts, San Francisco, and Sujatha Jagadeesh Branch, Bingham McCutchen, Michael T. Pyle, Christina M. Wheeler and Christopher M. O'Connor, East Palo Alto, DLA Piper RudnickGray Cary, Michael Tracy, San Diego, Amy Wallace Potter, East Palo Alto, and Jarod M. Bona, San Diego, for Plaintiffs and Appellants., The Impact Fund, Brad Seligman and Julia Campins for The Impact Fund;  American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California;  Asian Pacific American Legal Center;  Equal Rights Advocates, Inc.;   Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area;  Mexican American Legal Defense & Education Fund;  Public Advocates, Inc.;   and Western Center on Law and Poverty as Amici Curiae on behalf of Plaintiffs and Appellants., Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, Public Interest Law Firm, Kyra Kazantzis and James F. Zahradka for Washington Protection and Advocacy System;  National Disability Rights Network;  Mental Health Advocacy Project and Public Interest Law Firm of the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley;  and Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund as Amici Curiae on behalf of Plaintiffs and Appellants.

  • For Appellees:
  • Bill Lockyer, Attorney General, Douglas Press, Supervising Deputy Attorney General, Susan M. Carson, Deputy Attorney General, Erickson, Beasley, Hewitt & Wilson, Henry S. Hewitt and Todd Boley, Oakland, for Defendant and Respondent Department of Developmental Services., Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith, Duane C. Musfelt and Pamela M. Ferguson, San Francisco, for Defendant and Respondent San Diego-Imperial Counties Developmental Services, Inc., Reed Smith, Bette B. Epstein, Oakland, Lisa C. Hamasaki and Hannah M. Shafsky, for Defendants and Respondents Alta California Regional Center;  Far Northern Regional Center;  North Bay Regional Center;  Regional Center of the East Bay;  San Andreas Regional Center., Woodruff, Spradlin & Smart, M. Lois Bobak, Orange, for Defendant and Respondent Regional Center of Orange County., Farella Braun & Martel LLP, Mark D. Peterson and Patrick R. McKinney, San Francisco, for Interveners and Respondents.
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