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Priest sexual abuse
Award: $4,200,000

Two brothers were the victims of a long history of sexual abuse by their priest (Brothers T. v. Ball, San Bernardino County Superior Court).

Catheter injury
Award: $1,097,431

A patient sustained nerve damage to her dominant arm as a result of negligent placement of a catheter line (Passman v. County of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Superior Court).

Ship captain injured
Award: $2,847,000

A Chevron tanker captain recovered for cumulative back injuries resulting from unseaworthiness of vessels (Peake v. Chevron Shipping Company Inc., Northern District Federal Court).

Wrongful discharge
Award: $19,014,000

A 25-year employee of McKesson claimed she was wrongfully terminated because of a medical condition (Roby v. McKesson HBOC, Yolo County Superior Court).

Medical malpractice
Award: Defense

A patient alleged failure to timely diagnose and treat a compartment syndrome that left him with a clawed hand (McCarthy v. St. Agnes Medical Center, Fresno County Superior Court).

Driver rear-ended
Award: $4,582,399

A 44-year-old driver was rear-ended while stopped in traffic and suffered severe spinal injuries (Hurlburt v. Hada, Napa County Superior Court).

Fire damages businesses
Award: $16,069,403

A fire caused by a damaged light fixture spread to neighboring businesses (California Giant Inc. v. Casiano Berry Supplies, Santa Barbara County Superior Court).

CHP harassment
Award: $4,515,522

A citizen was subjected to systematic retaliation by three CHP officers after he filed a letter of complaint against one of them (Grassilli v. Barr, San Diego County Superior Court).

Employment discrimination
Award: $505,623

A civilian surgeon at an Air Force base claimed she was subjected to gender discrimination and a sexually hostile work environment (Velez v. Roche, Northern District Federal Court).

Elder abuse
Award: Defense

A nursing home patient alleged abuse, including starvation, dehydration, inadequate hygiene and failure to prevent a decubitus ulcer (Matosin v. The Pavilion, Los Angeles County Superior Court).

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