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Young wife/mother dies
Award: $2,922,275

Plaintiff husband and minor son claimed that decedent's pathologist failed to correctly diagnose ovarian cancer, causing non-treatment and death. (Black v. Kaiser Health Foundation, Los Angeles County Superior Court.)

Apartments uninhabitable
Award: $2,000,000

Tenants claimed that their apartments and the common area contained dangerous and substandard living conditions. (Vintage Ranch Tenants Association v. Keith, Napa County Superior Court.)

Jet skiers collide
Award: $180,594

A passenger who fractured her leg and suffered scarring from a jet ski v. jet ski collision claimed that the operator of the other jet ski and the rental company were liable. (Balencie v. Action Beach and Bay Rentals, San Diego County Superior Court.)

Ammonia gas exposure
Award: $300,000

A professional stuntman/stunt coordinator inhaled industrial toxic ammonia from an allegedly defectively designed refrigerator, causing acute asthmatic bronchitis. (Doe v. Doe, Los Angeles County Superior Court.)

Same sex harassment
Award: Defense

Female plaintiff claimed that a female co-worker sexually harassed her and that her employer failed to take appropriate action to remedy the situation. (Watson v. Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Los Angeles County Superior Court.)

Disability discrimination
Award: $783,000

A steam plant operator claimed that his employer discriminated against him and failed to accommodate his disability after he became disabled (heart condition). (Brooks v. City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Superior Court.)

Water slide accident
Award: Defense

Plaintiff severely fractured her left clavicle when she fell off a double inner tube on a water slide attraction. (Roberson v. Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, Los Angeles County Superior Court.)

Ironworker falls
Award: $1,676,000

Plaintiff ironworker fell one story when a safety post failed, causing a heel fracture and a modified gait plus the loss of her career. (Gau v. California Erectors Bay Area Inc., Santa Clara County Superior Court.)

Distributorship dispute
Award: $50,000

Defendant cross-complained for damages for breach of contract for plaintiff's diversion of "Paul Mitchell" hair care products through sales to non-authorized persons. (JPL International Diffusion Inc. v. John Paul Mitchell Systems, Los Angeles County Superior Court.)

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