March 2018

DA O’Malley Inducted into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers Mar 28, 2018

DA Nancy E. O’Malley Inducted into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers

OAKLAND, CA - The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office is pleased to announce that Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley has been inducted into the prestigious International Academy of Trial Lawyers (IATL). The honor was bestowed upon DA O’Malley at the IATL Annual Meeting in Austin, TX, late last week.

Following a comprehensive, rigorous vetting process by peer and judicial review, the Academy inducted DA O’Malley into their ranks.

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Victims’ Rights Week - 2018 Mar 27, 2018

National Crime Victims' Right Week, April 89-14, 2018

The District Attorney's Office and the Alameda County Family Justice Center are hosting and participating in a number of events around the County during National Crime Victims' Rights Week, April 8 - 14.
To learn more about the DA's office and its ongoing efforts to provide assistance to victims of crime, and about the programs offered by the Alameda County Family Justice Center, please join us at any of these free events.

Download a flyer with all events: English | Español

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DA Nancy O’Malley Announces Settlement with Costco & SF Gourmet Coffee Mar 19, 2018

Alameda County DA Nancy O'Malley Announces Settlement over the Misleading an Untrue Claims of Plastic Coffee Pods

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley announced today that her office, along with 24 other District Attorney’s Offices in California, settled a consumer protection action against Costco Wholesale Corporation, Inc., and JBR, Inc., a coffee company headquartered in Roseville, CA, which does business as San Francisco Bay Gourmet Coffee and the Rogers Family Company. The settlement was based on allegations that the companies sold plastic coffee pods, labeled with untrue and misleading marketing claims, including statements related to biodegradability and compostability. A stipulated final judgment settling the matter was issued by Alameda County Superior Court Judge Morris Jacobson.

“California consumers trying to help reduce the problem of plastic waste in landfills are often misled to believe that plastic products labeled as ‘biodegradable’ will break down in municipal trash,” says District Attorney O’Malley, “But most landfills prevent biodegradation. In order to prevent misleading consumers, the Legislature banned the sale of plastic products labeled with language implying they will biodegrade.”

O’Malley stated that consumers interested in diverting plastic waste from landfills to municipal composting facilities should look for products that are labeled as having met scientific compostability standards (specifically, a compostable plastics certification called 'ASTM D6400').

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People v Jamell Curtis Tousant Mar 13, 2018

On March 9, 2018, a jury convicted Defendant Jamell Curtis Tousant of four counts of assault with a firearm, two counts of shooting at an inhabited dwelling, four counts of illegal possession of firearms, and one count of shooting at an unoccupied motor vehicle.

Defendant Tousant's son, Jamell Tousant Jr, was murdered in Oakland on April 28, 2015. The defendant made efforts to discover who killed his son and eventually determined that it was a member of a South Berkeley gang. Defendant Tousant wrote a number of postings on social media about finding the person who killed his son along with photographs of himself holding various firearms.

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DA O’Malley Announces $27.84M Settlement with Home Depot Mar 8, 2018

Home Depot to Pay $27.84 Million Settlement for Environmental and Customer Privacy Violations

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, and eight other prosecutor’s offices throughout the state, announced today that Alameda County Superior Court Judge Brad Seligman has ordered Georgia-based Home Depot USA, Inc. (“Home Depot”), to pay $27.84 million to resolve allegations that Home Depot unlawfully disposed of hazardous wastes, and discarded records without rendering private customer information unreadable.

“Today’s settlement marks a victory for both environmental and consumer protection throughout California,” states DA O’Malley.

“My Office works tirelessly to investigate and prosecute companies large and small that endanger our precious resources by illegally disposing of hazardous waste. We also strive to ensure that consumers’ privacy and security is maintained and protected. I thank Attorney General Becerra and my fellow District Attorneys for their partnership on these important matters.”

The judgment is the culmination of a civil enforcement action filed on February 15th in Alameda County and led by the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, the California Attorney General’s Office, the District Attorneys of Monterey, Riverside, San Diego, San Joaquin, Santa Clara, Ventura and Yolo, and the City Attorney of Los Angeles, with assistance by the Department of Toxic Substances Control.

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People v Eljarod Lawson Mar 6, 2018

On February 27, 2018, a jury Defendant Eljarod Lawson was convicted of forced oral copulation, forcible rape and sodomy.

On September 18, 2007, 21-year-old Jane Doe was walking down 21st Ave near Marin Way in Oakland when Defendant Lawson began following her in his car. He came up behind Jane Doe, grabbed her by the neck and hair, punched her in the face, and then forced her into his car.

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