Negligence

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.