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Woman carjacked in Wal-mart parking lot
Award: $571,777

A shopper claimed that Wal-Mart was responsible for the portion of the parking lot where she was criminally assaulted (Tanaka v. Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Ventura County Superior Court).

Disability discrimination claimed in Marin
Award: Defense

An application engineer claimed he was terminated because his employer perceived he had a condition that could develop into disability (Hellwig v. Autodesk Inc., Marin County Superior Court).

Tumor goes undiagnosed
Award: $2,350,000

An emergency room physician’s failure to diagnose a pseudo tumor cerebri resulted in a photographer’s permanent blindness (Kiliona v. Glassner, Contra Costa County Superior Court).

Tubing resin defective
Award: $9,431,244

The tubing used to provide water to a utility district’s customers failed due to defective resin (East Bay Municipal Utility District v. Mobil Oil Corp., San Mateo County Superior Court).

Iron gate falls on guard
Award: $1,470,789

A heavy iron gate fell on top of a security guard, fracturing his humerus (Williams v. Dinwid-die Construction Co., Los Angeles County Superior Court).

Improperly performed venipuncture claimed
Award: Defense

A minor alleged that an improperly performed venipuncture resulted in a forearm laceration (Cummings v. Physicians Clin-ical Laboratories, Sacramento County Superior Court).

Freeway collision fatality
Award: $3,677,000

A motorist was killed when an out-of-control vehicle struck her car on the highway, causing it to hit a telephone pole (Baker v. Parker, Monterey County Superior Court).

College golf coaches suffer discrimination
Award: $1,212,500

Golf coaches at Cal State University claimed age discrimination, defamation and emotional distress (Smith v. California State University, San Bernardino County Superior Court).

Negligent lane change causes collision
Award: $425,000

Defendant driver negligently changed lanes and clipped plaintiff’s car, causing it to be struck by other vehicles (Jensen v. Dykema, Contra Costa County Superior Court).

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