|Washing machine severs youth's arm
A minor stuck his arm into a washing machine during the spin
cycle, causing it to become tangled in clothing and severed (Singletary v. Pellerin
Milnor, Los Angeles County Superior Court).
Fatal crash in Germany
Decedent was killed in a car crash in Germany while riding in a car driven by his
employer's son (Frost v. Flynn, Santa Barbara County Superior Court).
Attorneys dispute fees
Co-counsel disputed the division of fees received following the settlement of class
action/unlawful business practices lawsuits (Day v. Mills, Marin County Superior Court).
Firing violates public policy
A metal plating company fired an employee due to his complaints regarding compensation
and a fire insurance claim (Moore v. Coastline Metal Finishing, Orange County Superior
Teen-ager hit in crosswalk
A pedestrian suffered severe brain damage/quadriplegia after being struck by a car as
he crossed the street (Linares v. Babcock, Tulare County Superior Court).
Dog bites young child
A dog with a history of biting children bit a 6-year-old on the upper arm, resulting in
scarring and emotional regression (Baddeley v. Johnson, Sonoma County Superior Court).
Excessive force claimed
Shoplifting suspect claimed civil rights violations/excessive force during his
apprehension by Wal-Mart loss control employees (Thomas v. Wal-Mart Stores Inc.,
Sacramento County Superior Court).
Slip/fall at Kmart
A Kmart shopper slipped in a puddle of milk and suffered knee injuries requiring
reconstructive surgery (Ortega v. Kmart, Los Angeles County Superior Court).
Two electricians burned
Two electricians suffered extensive burns while handling an unsafely repaired switch in
a building owned by Kmart (Kolodziey v. Kmart Corporation, Los Angeles County Superior
Insurance bad faith/fraud
Actions taken by two insurers regarding a life insurance policy were found to
constitute breach of contract and fraud (Julie F. v. Royal Maccabees Life Ins. Co., Los
Angeles County Superior Court).
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