$2,000,000" and bartender Magallon requested economic and personal
injury damages "in excess of $1,000,000."
The complaint describes "a pattern of racketeering activity in violation of RICO," the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act,
which allows plaintiffs to seek treble damages. According to the
complaint, this results in a request for damages "in excess of
The lawsuit names the police department, the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, the city and county of San Francisco, the State of California, Gavin Newsom, Larry Bertrand, and Michelle Ott as defendants.
Webb said in an interview this morning that his clients would be happy to settle out of court. "Lawsuits
don't bring people closer together," he said, calling
on the mayor to mediate the situation -- regardless of the fact that
Newsom is named in the lawsuit.
"What is Newsom doing that he's so busy with that he can't have a cup of coffee with me?" Webb asked.
The lawyer noted that Philippe Rieser, the owner of Vessel, would no longer be
participating in a RICO claim against the city and state, but that
later in the week he planned to file claims against the city for
Maurice Salinas, owner of the shuttered 11th Street nightclub Club
Caliente; John Bauer, owner of Azul -- who alleges that the sale of his
club's liquor license was frustrated by the ABC; and Siobhan Heffernan,
a promoter's assistant who had an alleged run-in with Larry Bertrand
and Michelle Ott.
DNA Lounge, Slim's, and Great American Music
Hall, which had also been in talks with Webb about a possible claim
against the ABC, said two weeks ago that they would not be
"If you're asking me to give you an interpretation of why the numbers have dropped, it's one word: fear," Webb said.
Jack Song, a spokesman for City Attorney Dennis Herrera's office, said they needed to review the complaint before they could comment.