Rollover causes paraplegia
A 28-year-old passenger in a Ford F-150 pickup was
rendered paraplegic after the truck was rear-ended and rolled over (Hess v. Ford Motor
Co., Los Angeles County Superior Court).
Bad faith in quake claim
Allstate failed to properly adjust homeowners claim for damage from Loma Prieta;
the house was lost to foreclosure (OShea v. Allstate Ins. Co., San Francisco County
Crash injures spinal cord
A Honda driver sustained a C5-C6 spinal cord injury in a low-impact collision with a
tow truck that caused her to lose control of her car (Henline v. Honda Motor Co., San
Diego County Superior Court).
Fall from carousel ride
A visitor to the Humboldt County Fair fell into a space between the platform and the
center tower, fracturing her femur (Ramey v. Carnival of Fun Inc., Humboldt County
Disease poorly managed
A nephrologists poor management of nephrotic kidney syndrome led to osteoporosis
and congestive heart failure (Garrison v. Ray, Los Angeles County Superior Court).
Trade secrets misused
A phone directory publisher claimed former employees misappropriated trade secrets/
engaged in unfair business practices (Anchor Pub. Inc. v. Farmer Pub., Orange County
Sexual harassment claim
A 20-year-old woman claimed her 43-year-old employer sexually harassed her and then
constructively terminated her (Milum v. Valenti, San Diego County Superior Court).
Explosion burns laborer
A laborer at a plastics manufacturing plant sustained burns from an explosion of the
main distribution electrical panel (Mendez v. Bolt Electric Inc., Los Angeles County
Crash kills deputy
A sheriffs deputy was killed after hitting diesel fuel on Interstate 5 and
colliding with a tractor-trailer (Foster v. State of California, Shasta County Superior
A sales representative claimed gender/national origin discrimination in her assignment
of territory, as well as constructive termination (Doe v. Doe, Los Angeles County Superior
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