But this summer, a federal judge overturned Lisker's conviction, saying it was made based on false evidence and insufficient legal representation. Lisker was released from prison in August.
Lisker's federal lawsuit alleges that police framed him. It claims his civil rights were violated by the city of Los Angeles and the LAPD.
He is seeking undisclosed damages.
The city has not commented on the lawsuit.
AP contributed to this report.