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Medical device defect
Award: $9,660,000

Patient sustains nerve damage as result of undergoing annuloplasty disk surgery with radio-frequency device (McClafferty v. Radionics, Los Angeles County Superior Court).

Silicon lip injections
Award: $453,000

Plaintiffs alleged that a beauty salon and its employee negligently performed illegal silicon lip injections, causing sores and projected oozing for 20 to 30 years (Montez v. Meyda’s Beauty Salon, San Mateo County Superior Court).

Pedestrian struck
Award: $2,200,000

A pedestrian was run down by a dump truck causing serious leg injuries (Bontrager v. Standard Iron & Metal Works Co., Alameda County Superior Court).

B&P ยง17200
Award: $300,000

A class action was brought on behalf of a group of 269 tenants who alleged structural defects that endangered the safety of tenants and rendered their premises uninhabitable (Watkins v. Walsh, Humboldt County Superior Court).

Sexual harassment
Award: $7,916,615

A female biotech Ph.D. employee was subjected to persistent sexual advances and retaliation by two top executives (Scully v. Acadia Pharmaceuticals Inc., San Diego County Superior Court).

2-level disk fusion
Award: $2,916,712

A chain-reaction freeway accident caused soft tissue neck and low back injuries that ultimately resulted in fusions at L4-S1 (Wagner v. Grantham, Los Angeles County Superior Court).

Overtime dispute
Award: Defense

Twenty fire dispatchers in the Stockton Fire Department claimed unpaid overtime in excess of $1 million (Hughes v. City of Stockton, Eastern District Federal Court).

Mortuary malpractice
Award: $812,113

Family sued cemetery for missing cremains and disturbing remains (Goddard v. Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, San Diego County Superior Court).

Construction defects
Award: $1,325,000

Plaintiffs claimed that construction of their deck terraces was defective and caused significant water intrusion into their home (Tucker v. Kleger, Marin County Superior Court).

Manhole injury
Award: $2,500,000

A 6-year-old attending a tennis program at Stanford University suffered brain damage when an improperly secured manhole came loose, causing the child to fall into the hole and strike his head (Lewis v. Stanford University, Santa Clara County Superior Court).


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