|Paper roll kills worker
A heavy roll of paper fell from the open door of a
boxcar and killed the warehouse worker unloading the shipment (Salazar v. Fraser Paper
Co., Los Angeles County Superior Court).
Caltrans employee harassed
Caltrans failed to prevent sexual harassment and plaintiff suffered retaliation from
employees and supervisors (Walters v. State of California, Department of Trans-portation
(Caltrans), Alameda County Superior Court).
A neurosurgeon's failure to perform a bone graft on a boat accident victim resulted in
curvature of her spine (Saylor v. Oygar, Riverside County Superior Court).
Blowout causes rollover
The blowout of a worn tire on a church van caused the vehicle to roll over and injure
an ejected passenger (Fuller v. Greater Bethany Community Church, Los Angeles County
Pump hose hits worker
The metal hose end of a concrete pump flew up and injured a worker's face, teeth and
jaws (Marx v. J.R. Concrete Pumping, San Diego County Superior Court).
Firm awarded lost profits
A herb company lost profits while defending against third-party claims after a
warehouse fire (Insurance Co. of North America v. Fmali Herb Company Inc., Santa Cruz
County Superior Court).
Gardener's legs crushed
During heavy fog, a driver veered into a gardener unloading equipment from the back of
his truck (Acosta v. Jeong, Los Angeles County Superior Court).
Teen-ager shoots friend
No liability was found against the maker of the Beretta handgun involved in the
accidental shooting of a 15-year-old (Dix v. Beretta U.S.A. Corp., Alameda County Superior
Truck crashes into home
A child claimed that she suffered severe emotional upset as a result of a defendant's
truck crashing into her room at 6:30 a.m. (Monaco v. Haskell, San Joaquin County Superior
Fund manager defamed
A fund manager claimed he was libeled in a union publication and slandered at a union
function (Lawrence v. District Council of Painters No. 8, San Francisco County Superior
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