A 33-year-old woman claimed that defective tires
on her parents' car caused a rollover accident leaving her an
incomplete quadriplegic. (Lampe v. Continental General Tire Inc., Los
Angeles County Superior Court).
Police kill suspect
Plaintiff claimed her disabled paranoid
schizophrenic son was shot and killed by police without sufficient
justification. (Lifton v. City of Vacaville, Eastern District Federal
SUV hits pedestrian
A pedestrian claimed that he was in a crosswalk
when an SUV struck him, causing numerous injuries, including spleen
and liver damage and a femur fracture. (Meraz v. Valadao, San
Francisco County Superior Court).
Plaintiff was involved in two separate auto
accidents, consolidated into a single action, which she alleged
aggravated her fibromyalgia and caused other injuries. (Stephens v.
Litvak, Los Angeles County Superior Court).
Family killed in fire
Five members of a family living in San Francisco
public housing died in a fire; plaintiffs alleged a defective wall
heater and that defendant breached its mandatory duty to provide smoke
detectors. (Evans v. San Francisco Housing Authority, San Francisco
County Superior Court).
An infant was allegedly left disfigured and brain
damaged as a result of a negligently performed circumcision. (Perez v.
Nguyen, Los Angeles County Superior Court).
Unregistered mark infringed
Plaintiff sought declaration of non-infringement
in connection with cosmetic products trademark; jury finds
infringement of unregistered mark. (Physicians Formula Cosmetics Inc.
v. Derma-blend Inc., Central District Federal Court).
Two roommates who were tenants at the defendant
apartment building were bound and gagged and then sexually assaulted
and raped by a co-tenant whom the owners/management allegedly knew was
a danger. (Kanemoto v. Encino Manor Apartments, Los Angeles County
Woman sues for palimony
A woman sued her long-time companion for palimony
and child support. (Greenlin v. Neves, Orange County Superior Court).
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