California Bar Journal
OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE STATE BAR OF CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 2000
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California Bar Journal

The State Bar of California


REGULARS

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Front Page - January 2000
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News Briefs
Former Unruh aide appointed to serve on State Bar board
Ardaiz, O'Leary named jurists of the year for '99
Judicial Administration fellowships
Public law section online library
Board meets Feb. 4-5
51.2 percent pass July '99 bar exam
Board hires search firm for new bar chief
Litigation section offers MCLE week in legal London
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Trials Digest
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From the President - Reciprocity reform: The future is now
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Opinion
For most Americans, our system is a failure
Ethics 2000: On target, or lost in space
Letters to the Editor
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Public Comment
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MCLE Self-Study
Of Counsel: Avoiding Conflicts
Self-Assessment Test
MCLE Calendar of Events
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Important Information About Your 2000 Membership Fee
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You Need to Know
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Appointments
Apply to serve on a bar committee
Bar seeks applicants for ABA delegates
Judge evaluation positions open
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Discipline
Ethics Byte - Warding off the foul tort in a new year
Bankruptcy attorney disbarred after abandoning clients
Attorney Discipline

TRIALS DIGEST

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Burial plot sold twice
Award: $575,075

Plaintiff family found someone buried   in a plot they had purchased for their family’s future use (Yu v. Universal Chung Wah Funeral Directors, Los Angeles County Superior Court).

Attorneys sue author/publisher
Award: Defense

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
Award: $3,190,000

Defendant school district was found negligent in failing to intervene in defendant teacher’s sexual abuse of a student (Fritz v. Scofield, Orange County Superior Court).

Student records disclosed
Award: Defense

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
Award: $81,308

A resident of defendant’s 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
Award: $420,000

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
Award: Defense

A patient claimed the globe of her eye was punctured due to defendant’s negligence during cosmetic surgery (Burke v. Rabkin, San Francisco County Superior Court).

Trip/fall on curb face
Award: $3,856,721

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 Court).

Fibromyalgia claimed
Award: Defense

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
Award: $494,000

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).

EDITOR’S NOTE: California Bar Journal publishes this abbreviated summary of important trials in California provided by Trials Digest Publishing Inc. For a free complete trial report on any case listed, call 510/420-1800.