|Manager fired for reporting illegal conduct
A high-level manager at a Fortune 100 company was
terminated after reporting potentially illegal conduct (Darghous v. Johnson Controls Inc.,
Los Angeles County Superior Court).
Patient's bladder wrongfully removed
A woman claimed that an oncologist wrongfully prescribed the removal of her bladder
during treatment of cervical cancer (Plunkett v. Spaulding, Sacramento County Superior
Trip and fall at Pasadena convention center
A 62-year-old woman fell down the stairs at the Pasadena Convention Center and
sustained a mild traumatic brain injury (Lowder v. City of Pasadena, Los Angeles County
Dangerous condition at Ventura intersection
The absence of a left-turn phase at an intersection created a dangerous condition which
caused an accident (Smith v. People of the State of California, Ventura County Superior
Conduct causes cancellation of deal
Defendants' conduct caused cancellation of a proposed deal, and the cloud on title of
plaintiffs' assets precluded other financing (Orthopedic Solutions Inc. v. California
Orthopedic Sports Medicine Assoc. Inc., Los Angeles County Superior Court).
Negligent arthroscopy leads to amputation
An orthopedic surgeon's negligence during a diagnostic arthroscopy resulted in
amputation of the patient's intact functioning PCL (Wilson v. Kanel, Santa Clara County
Arco Arena barricade falls on patron
A metal barricade fell on a patron, causing his preexisting spondylolisthesis condition
to become symptomatic (Devriend v. Arco Arena, Sacramento County Superior Court).
Developers claim insurer commits bad faith
The general partners of a developer claimed that Reliance Insurance Company's handling
of an underlying claim constituted bad faith (Pershing Park Villas Homeowners Association
v. United Pacific Insurance Company, Southern District Federal Court).
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