|Pedestrian rendered quadriplegic
A Toyota pickup truck struck a pedestrian who was stepping
off a median to cross the street (Kaimowitz v. Spiess, San Diego County Superior Court).
Malpractice results in loss of plaintiff's eye
An ophthalmologist's failure to treat plaintiff's endophthalmitis resulted in the loss
of her aphakic left eye (Lam v. Quon, Los Angeles County Superior Court).
Raw land seller/broker defames competitor
The sellers/brokers of raw land claimed they lost sales because of defamatory
statements made about them by their competitor (Roland v. Velur, Los Angeles County
Gas kills oil field workers
Oil field workers trying to close an open valve at a wellhead died when they were
overcome by toxic gases (Hoskins v. Vintage Petroleum Inc., Ventura County Superior
Nurse manager fired after complaining
A nurse manager claimed wrongful termination in violation of public policy when she was
fired after complaining about possible violations of law (Listrom v. Columbia-San Leandro
Hospital, Alameda County Superior Court).
Bad faith found on earthquake claim
An insurer that denied a homeowners' claim for earthquake damage was found liable for
compensatory and punitive damages (Pomerantz v. Mid-Century Insurance Co., Los Angeles
County Superior Court).
Salesman slips in drive
A real estate salesman slipped and fell on a concrete driveway of a home he was showing
to a prospective customer (Rappaport v. Sasson, Los Angeles County Superior Court).
Mailbox injures carrier
A mail carrier injured his shoulder when a large mailbox fell and pulled him to the
ground (Del Campo v. Monge, Los Angeles County Superior Court).
Transsexual claims unlawful strip search
A post-operative transsexual woman claimed an unlawful strip search to confirm her
gender after an arrest (Schneider v. City and County of San Francisco, Northern District
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