Trench collapse causes fall
A subcontractor suffered a herniated disk when a trench collapsed at
a construction site (Stringer v. Pacific Gas & Electric Co., San Francisco County
Trip/fall near escalator
A woman fractured her shoulder when she tripped on a mat placed at
the base of an escalator (Miller v. McClatchy Newspaper, Sacramento County Superior
Red light runner kills man
Defendant driver ran a red light at a fast rate of speed, colliding
with several cars before hitting decedents vehicle (Ortega v. Dawes Transport Inc.,
Los Angeles County Superior Court).
Employee hits glass ceiling
A female employee of Vons claimed sex discrimination after her
demotion from a management position (Rayburn v. The Vons Companies Inc., Orange County
Fraudulent insurance claim
An insurer sought restitution of benefits paid on a fraudulent
disability insurance claim (Provident Life & Accident Insurance Company v. OConnor,
Eastern District Federal Court).
Watercraft found defective
The loss of ability to steer a Yamaha WaveRunner without applying
engine power caused an accident in which plaintiff was rendered paraplegic (Cuenllas v.
Yamaha Motor Corp., Los Angeles County Superior Court).
False imprisonment claim
A salesman claimed that Wal-Mart did not have probable cause to
detain him and that it encouraged his unlawful arrest (Boran v. Wal-Mart Stores Inc.,
Merced County Superior Court).
Surgery severs tibial nerve
A surgical procedure to remove a tumor severed a tibial nerve,
causing permanent loss of function to the patients foot (Kimura v. Regents of the
University of California, San Francisco County Superior Court).
Banking career destroyed
An S&L president claimed the governments negligence
resulted in his employment termination (Pelletier v. Federal Home Loan Bank of San
Francisco, Central District Federal Court).
Book of business dispute
An insurance brokerage and an independent agent disputed the division
and valuation of a book of business (Avila v. Winton Ireland, Stanislaus County Superior
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