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Pedestrian in crosswalk

Verdict: $18,254,142

A pedestrian injured when struck by a vehicle while in a crosswalk blamed the negligent driver and the negligently designed roadway and crosswalk (Liu v. City of Sacramento, Sacramento County Superior Court, Plaintiff’s attorney: Dugan Barr).

Foster care

Settlement: $4,850,000

Twins placed in foster care immediately after birth suffered years of horrific abuse that ultimately led to the death of one of the children at age 15 (Confidential v. City and County of San Francisco, Contra Costa County Superior Court, Plaintiff’s attorney Steven B. Effres).

Sexual harassment

Verdict: $4,292,710

A female sales associate sexually harassed by her supervisor was awarded $1 million in punitive damages (Moran v. Qwest Communications International Inc., San Francisco County Superior Court, Plaintiff’s attorney: William Gaus).

Bad faith

Decision: Defense

A homeowner’s policy denied a claim for theft of building materials during a remodeling project because the home was not continuously occupied during the remodeling (Aslanyan v. Pacific Specialty Insurance Co., Los Angeles County Superior Court, Defense attorney: Thomas W. Ely).

Roofer falls

Settlement: $5,300,000

A 46-year-old roofer was left a quadriplegic as a result of a trip and fall 15 feet to the ground, attributed to a gap in the parapet wall of the roof (Carillo v. Rosetti Construction Co. Inc., San Bernardino County Superior Court, Plaintiff’s attorney: Richard B. Koskoff).

Trademark infringement

Decision: $60,000,000

A surgical products company sued a competitor for trademark infringement (Neurovision Medical Products Inc. v. NuVasive Inc., Central District Federal Court, Plaintiff’s attorney: K. Andrew Kent).

Bowel perforation

Verdict: $2,201,283

Patient sustained a perforated bowel during “routine” surgery, defect in laparoscopic device blamed (Huber v. Sharp Healthcare Corp., San Diego County Superior Court, Plaintiff’s attorney: Damian M. Dolin).

Concert attack

Settlement: $1,400,000

A man and woman were assaulted by a group of patrons at a concert and sustained severe injuries despite security presence (Confidential v Confidential, Confidential Venue, Plaintiff’s attorney: Jennifer L. Fiore).

Vision loss

Verdict: Defense

A patient who underwent spinal surgery alleged that as a result of the anesthesiologist’s negligence he lost partial vision in one eye (Ambrose v. Good Samaritan Hospital, Santa Clara County Superior Court, Defense attorney: Bradford J. Hinshaw).

Pedestrian struck

Verdict: $5,746,627

A man who stopped to put chains on his tires was struck by an out-of-control truck (Ornelas v. Southern California Edison Co., Fresno County Superior Court, Plaintiff’s attorney: Richard C. Watters).

Roof collapse

Settlement: $1,200,000

A negligently remodeled roof of a pharmacy collapsed during a series of rainstorms (Rite Aid Corporation v. The Whiting Turner Contracting Co., Los Angeles County Superior Court, Plaintiff’s attorney: Kevin T. Dunbar).

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