|Tractor-trailer crushes car
A minor was killed when the car in which she
was riding as a rear seat passenger was crushed by an out-of-control tractor trailer
(Rodriguez v. Arrow Truck Leasing, Los Angeles County Superior Court).
Slip/fall at Jack's joint
A woman broke her ankle when she slipped on a wet walkway at the Castaic
Jack-In-The-Box (Lenahan v. Jack-In-The-Box, Los Angeles County Superior Court).
Waitress sexually harassed
A woman suffered emotional distress from harassment by a 50-percent owner of the
restaurant/lounge where she worked (Mueth v. The Brass Monkey Inc., Los Angeles County
Golden parachutes killed
Corporate officers claimed breach of contract after the new board of directors
repudiated their golden parachute agreements (Horwitz v. Datametrics Corp., Los Angeles
County Superior Court).
An attorney's conduct in handling the underlying medical malpractice action against
UCLA was found to constitute malpractice (Morales v. Fagel, Los Angeles County Superior
Defective roofs claimed
A group of 85 homeowners claimed that concrete roofing systems in their subdivision
were defectively installed (Allenson v. W.A. Davidson Co., San Diego County Superior
A customer claimed he sustained back and neck injuries when a plastic chair at
Baskin-Robbins collapsed under him (Crawford v. Heckscher, San Francisco County Superior
Ammonia injures scientist
A Department of Fish and Game aide was injured by a cloud of ammonia during a fish
market inspection (Uglum v. Quality Refrigeration Co., Los Angeles County Superior Court).
Hose injures trucker
A truck driver sustained a skull fracture when a tractor unit hose and metal fitting
recoiled and struck his head (Tinajero v. Dart International, Los Angeles County Superior
Chevron fraud claimed
A class of service station operators claimed fraud by Chevron under its mandatory
Variable Rent Program (Lowe v. Chevron U.S.A. Inc., San Francisco County Superior Court).
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