California Bar Journal
OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE STATE BAR OF CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 1999
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California Bar Journal

The State Bar of California


REGULARS

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Front Page - October 1999
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News
Johnson confirmed for second term as bar's top prosecutor
Courts serve up mixed rulings on State Bar
Ethics association elects Karpman president
Six new governors join bar board
New group targets health care fraud
Public law section creates online library of public law links
JoAnne Spears honored
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Trials Digest
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Opinion
Slaying an imaginary dragon
The perfect ending: Results
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From the President - This bar year ends on a high note
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Letters to the Editor
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Public Comment
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Legal Tech - Tips for network administrators
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New Products & Services
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1999 Honors
State Bar cites pro bono service
Young lawyers salute San Diego sole practitioner for outstanding service
State Bar hails 'lawyer's lawyer'
Aided by attorney, parolee cited, hired
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MCLE Self-Study
The Rigors of Fee Agreements
Self-Assessment Test
MCLE Calendar of Events
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Discipline
Ethics Byte - Before you sue for fees, think again
Woman who impersonated husband ordered reinstated
Attorney Discipline

TRIALS DIGEST

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Northrop employee claims harassment
Award: $640,000

An African-American employee's supervisor harassed him due to race/national origin (Awujo v. Northrop Grumman Corp., Los Angeles County Superior Court).

Painter injured in construction accident
Award: $1,004,000

A painter claimed that dangerous scaffolding caused the accident in which he suffered a closed head injury (McAvinney v. Wilson Construction, Alameda County Superior Court).

Luxury home project fails
Award: $450,000

Defendants' actions on a project to build and sell a luxury home resulted in bank foreclosure on the property (Gerber v. Neumark, Los Angeles County Superior Court).

Patient claims lost smell
Award: Defense

A woman claimed she lost her sense of smell after her plastic surgeon performed a septorhinoplasty (Conner v. Morgan, Butte County Superior Court).

Tow truck hits cyclist
Award: $558,425

A wide-load tow truck struck a motorcyclist on a narrow canyon road, fracturing both of plaintiff's legs (Jacob v. Fischer, San Mateo County Superior Court).

Physician fails to diagnose embolism
Award: $490,000

A surgeon failed to diagnose a pulmonary embolism after an emergency appendectomy (Meherin v. Matrisciano, Los Angeles County Superior Court).

Falling truss alleged to cause paraplegia
Award: Defense

A construction laborer sustained a burst fracture of the back when a truss fell and knocked him off the roof (Morales-Chavez v. Del Webb California Corp., Placer County Superior Court).

Train causes hearing loss
Award: $495,000

A locomotive engineer sustained hearing loss/tinnitus due to railroad noise exposure (Ruiz v. Southern Pacific Transportation Co., Sacramento County Superior Court).

Excessive force by police
Award: $408,000

An unarmed couple was shot outside their home during a confrontation with Pinole police officers (Skallerud v. City of Pinole, Northern District Federal Court).

Sidewalk causes trip/fall
Award: $135,067

A man heading to work tripped and fell into a hole left by a public works agency in front of his house (Raya v. County of Sacramento, Sacramento County Superior Court).

EDITOR'S NOTE: California Bar Journal publishes this abbreviated summary of important trials in California provided by Trials Digest Publishing Inc. For a free complete trial report on any case listed, call 510/420-1800.