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General Civil Section

Section Overview

The General Civil Section defends civil actions brought against the United States, its agencies, and its employees, bearing the dual responsibilities of protecting public funds and supporting justice. These actions include a wide variety of tort cases, such as medical malpractice and Constitutional tort cases; cases alleging discrimination in hiring and employment practices by agencies of the United States; immigration; bankruptcy; breach of contract; property disputes, judicial review of administrative decisions; and injunctive proceedings. In addition, the General Civil Section brings certain affirmative civil penalty and injunctive relief actions to protect federal property and enforce federal laws, including environmental laws and fire cost recovery.

Human-caused fires are a serious threat to life and property within the Central District of California. Federal fire-fighting agencies spend millions of dollars each year to suppress wildland fires in our district. The Affirmative Wildland Fire Cost Recovery Program within the Civil Division of the United States Attorney’s Office seeks to recover the costs the federal government incurs in suppressing wildland fires, and to recover damages caused to public resources by fires. The Affirmative Wildland Fire Cost Recovery Program has recovered almost $30 million in the past two years, and over $100 million since its inception. The U.S. Forest Service has used funds the U.S. Attorney’s Office has recovered to replace vegetation to prevent mudslides and erosion as well as to replant trees, and to repair and re-open hiking trails that were damaged or destroyed by wildland fires.

Leadership

Joanne Osinoff

Chief, General Civil Section

Recent Cases

January 19, 2017
Press Release
U.S. Files Consent Decree Against O.C. Dietary Supplement Company to Stop Distribution of Adulterated and Misbranded Products

September 20, 2016
Press Release
Justice Department and Los Angeles County Superior Court Reach Agreement to Ensure Access to Justice for Limited English Proficient Individuals

July 14, 2016
Press Release

United States Files Lawsuit to Recover Monetary Damages Associated with 2013 Mountain Fire in San Bernardino National Forest

Section Contact Information

The United States Attorney's Office
Central District of California
Civil Division
Attn: General Civil Section
300 North Los Angeles Street, Suite 7516
Los Angeles, California 90012

(213) 894-2879 (Phone)
(213) 894-7819 (Fax)

Updated June 18, 2018

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