|Male workers terrorize female employees
Female employees at a rice plant claimed that
the conduct of a group of male workers caused plaintiffs to fear for their lives (Wallace
v. Busch Agricultural Resources Inc., Yolo County Superior Court).
Centerline violation causes death
A truck crossed over the centerline and collided with decedent's pickup, forcing it
into the path of an oncoming truck (Marthe v. Trotter, Los Angeles County Superior Court).
Greasy liquid causes slip and fall at 7-Eleven
A 7-Eleven customer suffered arm/hand injuries when he slipped and fell in a greasy
liquid on the floor of the store (Jones v. Southland Corp., Los Angeles County Superior
Insurer rejects tender of defense
Plaintiff's homeowner's carrier rejected the tender of defense when plaintiff was sued
for defamation (Bunnell v. California Capital Insurance Co., Santa Clara County Superior
Sexual orientation discrimination claimed
A gay African-American claimed he was fired by BART because of his race and/or sexual
orientation (Young v. BART, Alameda County Superior Court).
Shopper falsely arrested
Price Club detained and arrested a shopper without probable cause; the jury found
malice, oppression and awarded punitive damages (Zamacona v. Price Club, Los Angeles
County Superior Court).
Dogs attack passerby
Defendants' rottweilers and a terrier left their property and attacked plaintiff as she
walked past (Wiggins v. Waite, Riverside County Superior Court).
Tumor diagnosis delayed
Defendant physicians' delay in diagnosing a tumor resulted in pain, extensive surgery
and increased mortality rate (Dressel v. Armour, San Bernardino County Superior Court).
Catering cook burned
After the driver of a catering truck lost control, the cook inside was thrown to the
floor and burned by hot liquid which spilled (Garcia v. Cater Craft Foods Inc., Los
Angeles County Superior Court).
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