Roofer is burned
Employer is prevented from claiming workers'
compen-sation as an exclusive remedy because it failed to secure
workers' compensation coverage. (Bonilla v. ICM Resources Inc., Los
Angeles Superior Court).
Police beat party host
Police beat man after he was attacked by a third
party. (Querubin v. City and County of San Francisco, Northern
District Federal Court).
Student breaks neck
An 18-year-old suffered incomplete quadriplegia
after his Chevy S10 Blazer rolled over. (Lambert v. General Motors
Corp., San Bernardino County Superior Court).
Grinder severs fingers
Hand-held grinder amputates fingers of man using
it to cut floor tile. (Ayala v. Harbor Freight Tools, Los Angeles
County Superior Court).
Dog attacks girl
A mixed-breed dog attacked a 6-year-old girl,
causing two scars on her cheek. (Truong v. Fong, Alameda County
Employee uses marijuana
Wal-Mart employee claimed he was fired for
medical marijuana use while Wal-Mart claimed no Prop. 215 exception to
anti-drug policy. (Leach v. Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Northern District
Labor violations claimed
A class of catastrophe adjusters claimed that
they were not independent contractors and were entitled to overtime
wages and other benefits. (Babinski v. Pilot and Associates Inc.,
Central District Federal Court).
Gas station defects dispute
A gas station proprietor refused to make timely
construction contract payments, claiming design defects and unfinished
work. The contractor countersued and prevailed. (Sadeghi v. Habitant
Development Corp., San Bernardino County Superior Court).
Epilight burns claimed
Plaintiff claimed he suffered burns after hair
removal treatment on his chest and abdomen. (Catanese v. Appollo Laser
Medical Center, Los Angeles County Superior Court).
Bicyclist breaks elbows
A biker claimed that an unmarked speed bump
created a dangerous condition. (Lamb v. Hamiltair Property Owners
Association, San Bernardino County Superior Court).
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