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Bicycle v. bus
Award: $4,500,000

A bus driver who was not wearing his required corrective lenses squeezed a bicyclist into a parked car and ran over her after she fell from her bike (Reilly v. Asia America, San Francisco County Superior Court).

Breach of contract
Award: $1,514,535

The owner of a staffing business who entered into a merger agreement with another company was terminated without notice in breach of an employment agreement (Fowler v. CSI Personnel Services Inc., Los Angeles County Superior Court).

Cumulative injury
Award: $2,454,425

A brakeman/conductor suffered cumulative injuries to his lower back as a result of 25 years of unsafe working conditions (Gonzalez v. Southern Pacific Transportation Co., Sacramento County Superior Court).

Construction accident
Award: Defense

A woman who was paralyzed when an 800-lb Bobcat attachment fell on her alleged multiple design defects (Reaves v. South Coast Bobcat Inc., Los Angeles County Superior Court).

Dangerous highway
Award: $10,107,413

A married couple in their 30s were both rendered quadriplegics after their car plunged down an embankment on a steep, winding road lacking a guardrail (Beck v. County of Santa Clara, Santa Clara County Superior Court).

Elder neglect
Award: $300,000

An 80-year-old resident of an elder care facility who suffered from dementia wandered away, fell and broke a hip, and subsequently died (Perry v. Tuazon, Los Angeles County Superior Court).

Runaway vehicle
Award: $4,125,000

A 53-year-old optometrist was killed at the bottom of a steep grade when his vehicle was struck by an overloaded dump truck with defective brakes (Larkin v. Peterson Brothers, Orange County Superior Court).

Medical malpractice
Award: Defense

A 29-year-old patient alleged that her orthopedic surgeon negligently lacerated a tendon during knee surgery, leaving her with permanent disabilities (Rogers v. Helgager, San Diego County Superior Court).

Patent infringement
Award: $8,960,000

Microsoft was held liable for infringement of a patent for a software program linking its Excel program to an Access database (Amado v. Microsoft Corp., Central District Federal Court).

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