Security guard licensing: firm achieves significant public benefit

February 2009 -- PE&G settled a bouncer violence case against the owner and operator of a number of popular San Francisco nightclubs and the security guard company that employed the bouncer. The firm's client, a prominent San Francisco attorney and teacher at Hastings College of the Law, was brutally assaulted by a security guard and busboy at the club. The security guard was unlicensed, in violation of state licensing laws, which require, among other things, a criminal background check. The firm's investigation revealed that the guard had a long record of convictions for violent crimes. The complaint alleged assault and battery and violation of the state security guard licensing statutes and unfair competition laws. The case settled before trial for a confidential amount and an agreement by the club owners only to use licensed security guards at all of their clubs.