A marketing manager fell three
stories when a balcony guardrail gave way causing paralysis (Catudal v.
Fillmore, San Francisco County Superior Court, Plaintiff's attorney: Mary E.
A Brazilian businessman was allegedly fraudulently induced
into making a $2.25 million investment in a Christian faith-based entertainment
company (Cinel v. Kirkpatrick, Los Angeles County Superior Court, Plaintiff’s
attorney: Robert H. Platt).
An auto mechanic allegedly
developed mesothelioma after performing work on Ford vehicles (Scott v. Ford
Motor Company, Alameda County Superior Court, Plaintiff's attorney: Justin Bosl).
Defendant allegedly failed to adequately disclose that
consumers would automatically be enrolled in a continuity program requiring
them to cancel to avoid credit card charges. (Federal Trade Commission v.
Commerce Planet Inc., Central District Federal Court, Plaintiff’s attorney: David
Prison Surgeon Terminated
A prison surgeon prevailed on
breach of contract, breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing,
and state constitutional due process claims (Anwar v. State of California, Madera
County Superior Court, Plaintiff's attorney: Michael F. Ball).
Plaintiffs alleged mold infestation caused constructive
eviction and personal injuries related to mold, dust mites, and cockroaches. (Fetzer
v. Saferzadeh, Orange County Superior Court, Plaintiff’s attorney: Court B.
Nine L.A. County Sheriff's
Department deputies reportedly fired 61 rounds at decedent (Montalvo v. County
of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Superior Court, Plaintiff's attorney: John
Statute of Limitations
The court found that this construction defect suit was
barred under CCP 337.15 because the pool and other improvements were completed
more than 10 years before plaintiffs filed suit (Bowman v. Ahern Construction
Corp., Ventura County Superior Court, Defense attorney: Mark Koorenny).
Trade Secrets Claim
Plaintiff claimed that its former
vice president improperly approached plaintiff's customers and intentionally
used plaintiff's confidential and proprietary information (Angelica Textile
Services Inc. v. Park, San Diego County Superior Court, Defense attorney: Michael
A criminal court bailiff alleged that defendant placed her
on patrol duties in violation of her doctor's orders causing her to become
totally disabled (Bollinger v. County of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County
Superior Court, Plaintiff’s attorney: Arash Homampour).
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