Defamation

Manufacturing plant supervisor suffers multiple injuries on the job, later fired. $15M. Los Angeles County.

Manufacturing plant supervisor takes a lot of time off due to on-the-job injuries; he's demoted, later fired.  Company says he was soliciting bribes from vendors.

  • Case Name: Astorga v. Snap-On Logistics
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, August 30, 2017

San Luis Obispo environmental scientist defamed in newspaper article. $1.1 million. San Luis Obispo County.

Activist local news publication runs defamatory story about local man and his business, refuses demand for retraction. 

  • Case Name: Charles Tenborg v. CalCoastNews/UncoveredSLO.com, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, March 23, 2017

Santa Barbara inn fires food/beverage director for being "no spring chicken." $545K. Santa Barbara County.

Long-time restaurateur  tells manager he's "no spring chicken" and orders him to train a younger female as assistant F&B director.  

  • Case Name: Charles Saccio v. Antonio R. Romasanta, DBA Eladio’s Restaurant
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Tech school department head claims defamation and retaliation. $914K. Alameda County.

Head of electronics department is not interviewed for dean position; later threatens legal action. Claims retaliation and defamation after he is fired.

  • Case Name: Duong v. ITT Educational Services, Inc., et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, July 01, 2016

Cancer surgeon sues Kaiser medical group for firing and defaming him; awarded $1.75 million before confidential settlement. Orange County.

Cancer surgeon obtains confidential settlement from SCPMG after $1.75 million verdict reached by jury.

  • Case Name: Wascher v. Southern California Permanente Group; Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, June 18, 2015
  • Friday, 19 June 2015

Security guard fails drug test and is terminated. $40K offered. $1 million verdict. Fresno County.

Long-term hospital security guard fails drug test while on leave for on-the-job accident.  He's fired, claims defamation, invasion of privacy and wrongful termination. 

  • Case Name: Mckinley Nou v. Children’s Hospital Central California
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, October 16, 2014

Kemper Independence claims manager defamed at work and then terminated. $4.7 million. Sacramento County.

Claims manager, a 28-year employee, protests treatment of his ex-wife, also a Kemper employee.  He is defamed by co-workers and fired.

  • Case Name: Robert M. Sallustio v. Kemper Independence Ins. Co., et al
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, May 09, 2014

Transplant surgeon is defamed by surgical director at Loma Linda Medical Center. $1.5 million. San Bernardino County.

When a surgeon accuses his superior of manipulating an organ transplant priority list, he is fired and defamed to colleagues. Jury finds defamation against the surgical director. $1.5 million verdict is followed by confidential settlement before punitive damages phase.

  • Case Name: Hootan Roozrokh v. Michael deVera, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, January 23, 2014

$167 million record verdict for wrongful termination of surgical aide at Catholic hospital. Sacramento County.

Physician's assistant in surgical unit says hospital ignored her repeated written complaints about verbal sexual harassment by doctors, lax safety practices and meal-and-rest breaks.

  • Case Name: Ani Chopourian v. Catholic Healthcare West d.b.a. Mercy General Hospital and Mercy General Hospital
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Surgeon blows the whistle at UCLA Medical Center. $10 million settlement at trial. Los Angeles County.

Whistleblower surgeon alleges UCLA allows docs to take medical industry payments that could compromise patient care. $10 million settlement after 2-month trial.

  • Case Name: Robert Pedowitz, M.D. v. The Regents of the University of California, et al.
  • Monday, 21 April 2014