Negligence

City truck runs over beachgoer. $2.3 million. Los Angeles County.

Man sleeping on beach in Long Beach is run over by city truck. City says he should have known that trucks operate where he was sleeping.

 

  • Case Name: Jonathan Soto v. City of Long Beach
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Punitives in freeway DUI case. $152K jury verdict. Los Angeles County.

Drunk driver rear-ends another car on freeway at 2 a.m. Moderate injuries. Plaintiffs beat their 998 offer.

  • Case Name: Lawrence, et al. v. Mataele
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Fatal highway accident blamed on faulty manufacture of motor home. Defense verdict. Sonoma County.

Family members killed when their car skids on fluid in roadway; fluid leak blamed on motor home found disabled nearby.  Plaintiffs claim defective design and  manufacture of motor home.

  • Case Name: Menera v. Country Coach Corporation & Mega RV Corp., et al., consolidated with Ayala, et al., v. Country Coach Corporation & Mega RV Corp., et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, May 17, 2016

School district found negligent in its supervision when middle school teacher repeatedly molests student. $8 million. Los Angeles County.

Male middle school teacher molests eighth grade female student.

  • Case Name: Antonia M. vs. Pomona Unified School District
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Cause/extent of injuries disputed in grocery store accident. $886K. Los Angeles County.

Elderly woman shopping at Albertson's is struck by loaded merchandise cart.

  • Case Name: Plent v. Anheuser-Busch, LLC
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Hospital liable when physical therapy assistant sexually assaults patient. $1.5 million. Los Angeles County.

Hospital denies negligence when female patient claims assault by a physical therapy assistant.

  • Case Name: Margarita De La Rosa vs. White Memorial Medical Center
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, March 07, 2016

Drunken plaintiff enters defendants' home while they sleep and is shot. Defense judgment. San Mateo County.

Drunken plaintiff breaks into defendant's home, thinking it belonged to a friend.  He is shot inside the home and sues the shooter.

  • Case Name: Patrick O'Neil v. Giovanni Balistreri, et. al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Member of spiritual center accuses her advisor of sexual assault. $177K. Los Angeles County.

Spiritual advisor at Kabbalah Center International is accused of sexually assaulting a member.

  • Case Name: Scaccetti v. Berg
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, November 24, 2015

After fall, safety of step at commercial building entrance is disputed. Defense verdict. San Diego County.

Man trips and falls over single step at office building he's been at many times before, claims step was not well marked.

  • Case Name: Laimon v. Georges
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, November 20, 2015

Trial to determine if rebar company liable for one or two accidents involving plaintiff. $10.7 million gross. Alameda County.

Carpenter's fall at bridge construction site is blamed for later back problems and subsequent auto accident. Claims depression and addictions were all brought on by the original fall on the job.

  • Case Name: Brian Leierer v. Harris Salinas Rebar, Inc.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, November 05, 2015

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