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Pedestrian death
Award: $1,750,000

A 54-year-old man was crushed to death in a crosswalk by a big rig making a right turn (Hoffman v. Ram, San Francisco County Superior Court).

Sexual harassment
Award: $936,000

Two female members of the County of San Diego Fire Department alleged that they were victims of severe and pervasive sexual harassment (Vargas v. City of San Diego, San Diego County Superior Court).

Knee replacement
Award: $450,000

A 58-year-old patient developed symptoms of compartment syndrome in her lower leg following knee replacement surgery (Confidential v. Confidential, Los Angeles County Superior Court).

Gender discrimination
Award: Defense

A county employee alleged that he was passed over for promotion based on his gender (Riley v. County of San Bernardino, San Bernardino County Superior Court).

Parking lot fall
Award: $1,100,000

An 84-year-old customer was injured when her shopping cart became caught in a crack in the asphalt, causing her to lose her balance and fall (Tempel v. Cala Foods, San Francisco County Superior Court).

Passenger paralyzed
Award: $5,068,000

A passenger was rendered paraplegic as a result of a solo vehicle accident caused by a driver who had been drinking alcohol and was speeding (Seawright v. Tucker, Shasta County Superior Court).

Orthopedic malpractice
Award: Mistrial

A patient alleged residual pain and stiffness as a result of mismanaged treatment of an elbow fracture (Byrne v. Lowenberg, San Francisco County Superior Court).

Wrongful eviction
Award: $222,250

Personal property of tenants was damaged or taken by an eviction service relying on forged documents (Woolley v. Biederman, Los Angeles County Superior Court).

Construction accident
Award: $1,750,000

A heavy equipment operator sustained serious back injuries when a 100-pound door fell off its hinges while his hand remained stuck in the handle’s housing (Jones v. Ecco Equipment Corp., Sacramento County Superior Court).

Home defects
Award: $116,654

Buyers of a home filed suit for failure to disclose a water intrusion problem (Ingram v. Bloomingdale, San Diego 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.
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