Plaintiffs claimed that their husband/father was
killed when his motorcycle collided with a tractor-trailer making a
U-turn. (Tapia v. Faguaro Transport & Storage, Fresno County
Patient loses vision
Plaintiff claimed that an inadvertent iridectomy
during a corneal transplant led to permanent lost vision in her left
eye. (Doe v. Roe, Los Angeles County Superior Court).
Student paralyzed in crash
An unbelted teen-age passenger who was rendered
paraplegic prevailed against both defendant driver and defendant
county and settled post-verdict for $1,725,000. (Mitchell v.
Blanchard, San Diego County Superior Court).
Plaintiff claimed that he lost his inheritance as
a result of defendants' malpractice in drafting estate planning
documents for plaintiff's aunt. (Phillips v. Kaplan, Santa Clara
County Superior Court).
An educational consultant claimed the California
Department of Education demoted him after he reported that the CDE
failed to investigate and correct suspected misappropriations of $5
million in Title I funds. (Garcia v. California Department of
Education, Sacramento County Superior Court).
Dead Kennedys sue
Three members of the punk rock group Dead
Kennedys sued the fourth member, "Jello Biafra," for breach of
contract and breach of fiduciary duty, among other claims. (Dead
Kennedys v. Jello Biafra, San Francisco County Superior Court).
Bus injures pedestrian
Plaintiff pedestrian was struck by a bus in a
crosswalk and suffered extensive cognitive deficits as a result. (Prendergast
v. Golden Gate Transit, Marin County Superior Court).
Defective BBQ grill sold
Plaintiff claimed that a barbecue grill sold via
infomercial was defective and caused a severe burn to his hand.
(Confidential v. Confidential, San Diego County Superior Court).
Retiree fractures shoulder
An 80-year-old woman tripped over a flatbed cart
at Costco which was hidden from view behind a pillar. (Gold v. Costco,
Los Angeles County Superior Court).
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