Two lawsuits filed by Miramonte Elementary parents against the LA Unified School District are on hold. The civil suits allege that the district neglected warnings about dozens of alleged child abuse cases.
Attorney Luis Carrillo is the one who pushed for the stay. He says the temporary delay gives his clients a chance to engage in settlement discussions with the school district.
The talks would be facilitated by a mediator and could begin as early as November.
Carrillo also argues the hold will spare alleged victims the emotional distress of going through grueling depositions.
"You have to remember that in a deposition process a child would be asked questions for many hours by opposing attorneys and that’s not helpful to the child," he said in a phone conversation shortly after the ruling.
If the case is not settled, Carrillo and his clients expect to be back in court on March 1, 2013.