LAPD discrimination found
An African-American member of the LAPD Bomb Squad claimed he was
subjected to racial discrimination/harassment and retaliation (Francois v. City of Los
Angeles, Los Angeles Superior Court).
Plastic surgery patient dies
A 25-year-old woman died following breast augmentation and
liposuction procedures (Pfefferman v. Corwin, Ventura County Superior Court).
Student is paralyzed
Award: $4.5 million settlement
Concealed skylights cause painter to suffer T-11 paraplegia (Upchurch
v. El Dorado Ranch, Santa Clara County Superior Court).
Civil rights violated
Plaintiff couple was awarded $13.5 million in the fourth trial on
false arrest, false imprisonment and civil rights violations (Valentin v. County of Los
Angeles, Los Angeles County Superior Court).
Attorney negligence found
Plaintiff claimed his land use attorney failed to advise him on the
applicability of anti-SLAPP law and attorney fees exposure (Gaggero v. Stacey, Los Angeles
County Superior Court).
Elder abuse claimed
The conservator for an incompetent person claimed that her caregivers
misappropriated money for their own use (Adler v. Williams, Orange County Superior Court).
Torn disk at L4-L5
A 43-year-old female was struck by a forklift causing a disputed torn
disk at L4-L5. (Paris v. Lucky Stores, Alameda County Superior Court).
Erosion damages property
Homeowners claimed part of their home was damaged due to loss of
lateral support adjacent to a debris dam (Medrano v. Ventura County Flood Control
District, Ventura County Superior Court).
Failed diagnosis claimed
Plaintiff claimed a doctor/nurse failed to diagnose testicular cancer
and provide adequate follow-up care (Rusyn v. Torre, Stanis-laus County Superior Court).
Package falls on shopper
A Home Depot shopper claimed head, neck and shoulder injuries as a
result of being struck by a falling package. (Kerenyi v. Home Depot, Orange County
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