Negligence

Toyota dealership negligently repairs SUV leading to freeway breakdown and injury. $2.17 million verdict. Los Angeles County.

Toyota dealer replaces drive shaft and the repair later fails while customer is on a freeway, leading to severe injury. Dealer disputes liability, saying another Toyota dealer was at fault.

  • Case Name: Fry v. Larry Miller Toyota
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Fireman's Fund retirees say company-sponsored financial education seminars led to loss of retirement savings. $36.8 million verdict. Marin County.

Over ten-year period, Fireman's Fund employees were introduced to financial advisors at company-sponsored financial education seminars. The advice of these financial advisors cost plaintiffs their retirement savings. Bench verdict against ING North America Insurance Corp. and Lion Connecticut Holdings, Inc, the parent companies of the now-defunct seminar company. 

  • Case Name: Beeson, et al., v. Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, December 12, 2014

Pool installer injured in gas explosion. $6.5 million gross, reduced by contributory negligence. Riverside County.

  • Case Name: Victor M. Regalado v. Jeffrey M. Callaghan
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Patron alleges sexual battery by employee in restroom at bar. $5.42 million. Los Angeles County.

Female patron alleges she was sexually battered by a West Hollywood bar's employee in a unisex restroom; claims negligent security against the bar owners.

  • Case Name: Jane Doe v. 696 North Robertson (dba Here Lounge), et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Male student sexually assaulted by another male student awarded $1.4 million against Boys and Girls Club. Orange County.

After a one-time incident of minor-on-minor sexual assault, Boys & Girls Club offers $60,000 but jury awards much more.

  • Case Name: S.E. v. Boys & Girl sClub of Huntington Valley
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, December 09, 2013

$4 million award against SC Edison when "stray electrical current" forces plaintiff from her home. Los Angeles County.

Woman says utility company failed to tell her the electrical history of her house, which the utility had once owned; she claims "stray electrical charges" forced her to abandon the home and caused her physical and emotional injury.  

  • Case Name: Simona Wilson v. Southern California Edison Company
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Sunday, March 17, 2013

Jury finds school district negligently hired bus driver who then molested 8-year-old girl. San Joaquin County.

School district settles for $4.75 million after jury finds that it was negligent in hiring a school bus driver who later molested a special-needs child on the bus.

  • Case Name: Diana C. v. Lodi Unified School District, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Motorcycle struck by pickup; course and scope of employment at issue; $11.9 million. Contra Costa County.

Motorcyclist, 35, is struck by defendant company's pickup, but defendant says driver was retired and not in course and scope of employment.  Catastrophic head and spine injuries.  $11.9 million verdict.

  • Case Name: Sean Choy v Mori Hatsushi and Associates Inc., Masaru Hatsushi, Mori Hatsushi and Tomiko Hatsushi and M. Hatsushi Landscaping
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, December 10, 2012

$36 million for Indian couple hit by big rig. Severe spinal injury. Riverside County.

Plaintiffs were visiting relatives in the U.S. when their passenger vehicle was struck on freeway by a tractor-trailer truck. Plaintiff wife suffered severe spinal injuries and requires constant care. Defendant trucking company denied liability and offered a $250,000 settlement pre-trial. Jury found trucking company 100% liable.

  • Case Name: Jaishree Sheth v. Schneider National Carriers, Inc.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, June 29, 2012

$4.5 million verdict for minors abused by school teacher. San Diego County.

Continued parental concerns over a teacher's attention to female students went unanswered by authorities at an elementary school in Carlsbad. School district found liable by jury.

  • Case Name: Emma & Jaiden v. Carlsbad Unified School District
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Sunday, June 17, 2012

US Military Jet Crash nets $17.8 million award. San Diego County.

A San Diego-area family lost their home and four family members to a military jet crash. United States of America admitted sole liability. Judge had to determine reasonable compensation.

  • Case Name: Don Yoon et al v. United States of America
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Nursing home staff fails to follow procedures to prevent pressure sores. Wrongful death. $1.6M arbitration award.

Nursing home fails to turn patient over regularly, bed sores develop and become fatal.

  • Case Name: Porter v. Country Villa Huntington Drive Healthcare Center, et al.