|Dog bites cable repairman
A Rottweiler jumped up and bit a cable repairman's
finger as he rested it on the fence dividing defendants' property from the service
property (Bartlett v. Del Valle, Sacramento County Superior Court).
Discrimination under ADA
A school district discriminated against a long-time employee due to her prescription
medication addiction (Heiserman v. Lemon Grove School District, San Diego County Superior
Molester required to pay
The convicted molester of two minors was required to pay damages and punitive damages
in the civil action against him (Tallmadge v. Tallmadge, Los Angeles County Superior
School bus rear-ended
A tractor-trailer rear-ended a school bus, and a first-grader suffered a severe
abdominal injury in this case of admitted liability (Covarrubias v. J.D. Heiskell and Co.,
Kings County Superior Court).
Doctor harasses couple
A physician made about 1,000 harassing/obscene phone calls to a couple's home after the
wife stopped referring medical clients to him (Yeo v. Turner, Contra Costa County Superior
Nursing home patient falls
A retiree fell from a wheelchair at a convalescent center, re-tearing her rotator cuff
(Viscovich v. Pacific Convalescent Center, Los Angeles County Superior Court).
Marble slab hits shopper
A shopper's leg was crushed when a slab of marble fell over, pinning him to the ground
(Lowitz v. Glomati/Globe Marble & Tile Inc., Los Angeles County Superior Court).
Quake damages condos
A condo project was structurally defective due to inadequate construction of plywood
and dry wall shear panels (Colbath Plaza Homeowners v. Familian, Los Angeles County
A custodian claimed he was discriminated against because of a perceived disability
(Mason v. Fresno County Economic Opportuni-ties Commission, Eastern District Federal
Retaliatory firing by Kmart
A Kmart deli merchandiser was fired in retaliation for complaining about wage
discrimination (Hughes v. Kmart Corp., Sacramento County Superior Court).
Gunman assaults shop owners
The owners of a tailor shop and a customer were assaulted at gunpoint while the
security guard was off-site (Vu v. United National Bank, Los Angeles County Superior
Laborer at Disneyland slips/falls
A laborer working on the Indiana Jones ride at Disneyland slipped and fell on cement
slurry, herniating a disk (Rodriguez v. Rock and Waterscape Systems Inc., Orange County
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