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Dye operator burned
Award: $2,311,000

A worker was severely burned on his leg and torso as a result of a chemical reaction in a dyeing machine. (Lopez v. Confidential Dyeing Machine Manufacturer, Los Angeles County Superior Court).

Highway fatality
Award: $3,750,000

A tractor/double tanker rig collided with another vehicle and overturned onto the roof of plaintiffs' Mustang, killing the husband/father and injuring a 2-year-old. (Maxwell v. Ganduglia Trucking, Sacramento Superior Court).

Teacher disciplined
Award: $500,000

A high school teacher, who was disciplined for discussing "controversial issues" with his students, claimed violations of his constitutional rights to free speech and association and violations of California public policy. (Debro v. San Leandro Unified School District, Alameda County Superior Court).

Pastor sins
Award: $60,900

Local members of a Baptist church brought suit against their pastor for professional malpractice, claiming breach of fiduciary duty, breach of trust and conversion. (Simon v. Williams, Orange County Superior Court).

Hyundai defect claimed
Award: Defense

Passengers in a Hyundai Excel sued the motor company for product liability related to alleged seat belt system defects. (Reyes v. Hyundai Motor Co., Orange County Superior Court).

Contaminated seafood
Award: $12,504,333

A food processor company sued its insurance carrier for bad faith and fraudulent denial of insurance claims for property and business income losses related to contaminated seafood which was detected, recalled and destroyed. (Confidential v. Confidential, Central District Federal Court).

Inmate paralyzed
Award: $2,500,000

An insulin-dependent diabetic prison inmate, who fell in a state of hypoglycemia resulting in a cervical spine fracture and quadriplegia, sued the State of California and prison staff for medical malpractice and failure to summon medical care. (Padilla v. State of California, Riverside County Superior Court).

Swim suit
Award: $102,579

A swim coach alleged that she was forced to resign her position because the City of El Cerrito did nothing in response to her complaints about the sexually inappropriate conduct of an assistant coach with female teenage swimmers. (Lucero v. City of El Cerrito, Contra Costa County Superior Court).

Dog attacks girl
Award: $367,000

An 8-year-old girl was viciously attacked by a pit bull while in a neighbor's yard. (Gomez v. Becerra, Los Angeles County Superior Court).

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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.
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