|Roadway causes death
The negligent repair of a roadway caused the
accident in which a big rig lost control and killed a student (Thomas v. State of
California, Department of Transpor-tation (Caltrans), Butte County Superior Court).
Baseball pitcher claims surgical malpractice
A professional major league baseball player claimed he could not resume his career
after surgery by a sports orthopedic surgeon (Harris v. Losse, San Diego County Superior
Age discrimination claimed
A Kaiser employee claimed older supervisors were replaced with younger, cheaper workers
(Woodward v. Kaiser Foundation Hospitals Inc., Los Angeles County Superior Court).
Real estate sale fraud
A real estate brokerage company and its agent were found liable for fraud and breach of
fiduciary duty in the sale of an apartment building (Meruelo v. Ross Towers, Orange County
Lab gives wrong HIV result
A lab's testing falsely indicated that an emergency room doctor was positive for HIV
and hepatitis (Roe v. Smith Kline, Los Angeles County Superior Court).
Bank's actions allow embezzlement
Plaintiff claimed Bank of America's violation of its internal policies allowed
plaintiff's employee to embezzle from plaintiff's account (McMillan v. Bank of America,
Riverside County Superior Court).
Elder abuse alleged
An elderly woman claimed her son obtained her house deed by fraud and abused her
physically and mentally (Duval v. Stewart, San Mateo County Superior Court).
Chairlift hits skier
Plaintiff claimed that a chairlift hit her and knocked her to the ground, fracturing
her shoulder (Selsby v. Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, Mono County Superior Court).
Contract to ship software repudiated
Egghead Software was awarded the purchase price it paid less the price paid for units
actually shipped (DJ&J Software Corporation v. Casahl Technology Inc., San Francisco
County Superior Court).
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