California Bar Journal
OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE STATE BAR OF CALIFORNIA - APRIL 2001
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California Bar Journal

The State Bar of California


REGULARS

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Front Page - April 2001
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News / News Briefs
Bar foundation gives $50,000 grant to fund Conference of Delegates
Bar hit with $2.35 million fee demand in lawyer dues case
Bush administration ends ABA review of judicial candidates
Special publication in May Bar Journal
Davis appoints two public members to board of governors
George lauds five years of reform
2001 Annual Meeting will be held in Anaheim
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Trials Digest
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Legal Tech - FindLaw: Lawyers' home on the web
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Opinion
From the President - Butter a slice, not a full loaf
Is it wrong to copy a song?
Letters to the Editor
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Update on ethics
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MCLE Self-Study
Kids and the Law
Self-Assessment Test
MCLE Calendar of Events
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You Need to Know
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Public Comment
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Discipline
Ethics Byte - 2 new rulings send litigators back to basics
Forgery, grand theft, fraud convictions lead to resignation
Attorney Discipline

TRIALS DIGEST

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Roofer is burned
Award: $3,279,000

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
Award: $115,000

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
Award: $18,318,000

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
Award: $120,000

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
Award: $200,000

A mixed-breed dog attacked a 6-year-old girl, causing two scars on her cheek. (Truong v. Fong, Alameda County Superior Court).

Employee uses marijuana
Award: Defense

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 Federal Court).

Labor violations claimed
Award: $7,035,592

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
Award: $392,599

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
Award: Defense

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
Award: $85,171

A biker claimed that an unmarked speed bump created a dangerous condition. (Lamb v. Hamiltair Property Owners Association, San Bernardino 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.