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Sexual harassment
Award: $3,000,000

A female employee alleged a pervasive pattern of sexual harassment, including pressure to have sex with a company VP and then stalking after she broke off the relationship with him (Maximovitch v. Murthy, Alameda County Superior Court).

Xmas tree stand rip-off
Award: $13,575,000

A manufacturer sued a retail store under the Lanham Act for trade dress infringement of its steel Christmas tree stands (Decorations for Generations Inc. v. Home Depot U.S.A. Inc., Eastern District Federal Court).

Slander by investor
Award: $1,200,000

The founder of a start-up (Holcomb v. The Prudential Insurance Company of America, Los Angeles County Superior Court).

Customer attacked
Award: $10,558

A customer at a fast food restaurant alleged that he suffered head and face injuries when a survey taker struck him with her clipboard (Ravelo v. Jack in the Box, Los Angeles County Superior Court).

Limo drivers stiffed
Award: $550,000

A class of limousine drivers claimed that they were not being paid for the overtime and gratuities to which they were entitled (Livingston v. Chester, San Diego County Superior Court).

Feet burned
Award: $1,500,000

A diabetic pipefitter sustained severe burns to his feet while working on the overhaul of a furnace (McGhee v. Owens-Brockway Glass Container, Los Angeles County Superior Court).

Retained foreign object
Award: Nonsuit

A young girl who cut herself on a broken jar while bathing sued her treating physicians for failing to x-ray her wound and discover pieces of retained glass in her body (Robinson v. Vecchione, San Diego County Superior Court).

Head injuries
Award: $1,018,400

A truck driver sustained serious head injuries when he was struck by a postal van while exiting his truck (Gonzalez v. United States Postal Service, Central District Federal Court).

Pain syndrome aggravated
Award: $50,000

A motorist who was involved in a low-impact, parking lot rear-ender claimed that the collision aggravated her pre-existing Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (Starr v. Kamin, Sacramento County Superior Court).

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