Burial plot sold twice
Plaintiff family found someone buried
in a plot they had purchased for their familys future use (Yu v.
Universal Chung Wah Funeral Directors, Los Angeles County Superior Court).
Attorneys sue author/publisher
Plaintiffs claimed a book about actress Sharon Stone defamed them and
caused them to lose Stone as a client (Rosenfeld, Meyer & Susman v. Carol Publishing
Inc., Los Angeles County Superior Court).
Student abused by teacher
Defendant school district was found negligent in failing to intervene
in defendant teachers sexual abuse of a student (Fritz v. Scofield, Orange County
Student records disclosed
A 14-year-old student claimed school district employees wrongfully
disclosed his education records to KNBC (Shanahan v. Los Angeles Unified School District,
Los Angeles County Superior Court).
Retiree claims elder abuse
A resident of defendants skilled nursing facilities required
emergency hospital treatment at the conclusion of her stay (Settles v. Regency Heath
Services, Los Angeles County Superior Court).
Discrimination at 7Up
Plaintiffs claimed no minority had ever been promoted to a
management-level position at two 7Up plants (Kellman v. 7Up Bottling Co., Los Angeles
County Superior Court).
Eye puncture claimed
A patient claimed the globe of her eye was punctured due to defendants
negligence during cosmetic surgery (Burke v. Rabkin, San Francisco County Superior Court).
Trip/fall on curb face
A retiree fractured his arm when he tripped and fell on a variable
curb face in front of a hotel (Mizel v. City of Santa Monica, Los Angeles County Superior
Plaintiff claimed that a rear-end collision involving three cars
resulted in her fibromyalgia (Medina v. Anabo, Alameda County Superior Court).
Bad faith on quake claim
Homeowners who claimed bad faith regarding their claim for earthquake
damage were awarded punitive damages (Villalpando v. 20th Century Insurance Co., Los
Angeles County Superior Court).
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