A 4-year-old girl was left a ventilator-dependent quadriplegic after the vehicle
in which she was riding was struck by another vehicle that ran a red light (Gutierrez
v. United States of America, Central District Federal Court, Plaintiff
attorney: Wylie A. Aitken).
Faulty fuel tank
A 39-year-old California Highway Patrol officer riding a BMW motorcycle was
severely burned when the fuel tank ruptured following a collision with a car (Allen
v. Bayerische Motoren Werke, San Joaquin County Superior Court, Plaintiff
attorney: R. Lewis Van Blois).
An employee at a clinical laboratory alleged that she was passed over for
promotion and then terminated because she was Pakistani (Rodrigues v. Bayer
Corporation, Alameda County Superior Court, Defense attorney: Mitchell
A 20-year-old man who suffered second- and third-degree burns in a kitchen
fire was left in a persistent vegetative state due to post-surgical negligence (Page
v. County of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Superior Court, Plaintiff
attorney: Bruce G. Fagel).
A drunk driver swerved off the freeway and smashed into a vehicle whose driver
was changing a flat tire, killing the 25-year-old rear seat passenger (Hong
v. Hardiman, San Mateo County Superior Court, Plaintiff attorney: Omar
A laborer suffered devastating injuries when he was crushed by a runaway bulldozer
at a construction site (Baltazar v. Tucillo, Los Angeles County Superior
Court, Plaintiff attorney: Danilo Becerra).
One of the nation’s largest chains of vocational schools was sued by
the State of California for false advertising and unlawful business practices (The
People of the State of California v. Corinthian Schools Inc., Los Angeles
County Superior Court, Plaintiff attorney: Edmund G. Brown Jr.).
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