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Sexual Harassment

Arbitration: $1,290,391

Plaintiff raspberry picker alleged sexual assault and continuous harassment by a coworker who later became her supervisor (G.J. v. Reiter Berry Farms Inc., Monterey County Superior Court, plaintiff attorneys:  Kathryn Dickson, Lisel Holdenried).

Fiduciary Duty

Verdict: Defense

Bankruptcy trustee sought repayment of alleged loans, lost equity in foreclosed properties (Arkland Investment L.L.C. v. Kim, Los Angeles County Superior Court, defense attorneys:  Gary J. Goodstein, Bruce A. Berman).

Degloving Injury

Settlement: $3,600,000

Forklift struck and injured building code inspector in worksite accident (Marin v. Westech Systems Inc., Fresno County Superior Court, plaintiff attorneys:  Douglas L. Gordon, Megan K. Crosbie).

Prop 213 Dispute

Settlement: $3,500,000

While attempting to move his disabled motorcycle from the middle of the road, uninsured plaintiff was struck by defendant's vehicle; plaintiff claimed Prop 213 did not apply because he was a pedestrian (Libaridian v. Habib, Fresno County Superior Court, plaintiff attorneys:  Joseph M. Barrett, Benjamin P. Tryk).

Improper Signage

Verdict: $14,100,000

The survivors of a decedent involved in a motorcycle v. motorcycle head-on fatality claimed defendant State was negligent in failing to post warning signs near a blind sharp turn; jury found defendant State 90 percent at fault (Shanks v. State of California, Ventura County Superior Court, plaintiff attorneys:  Arash Homampour, Farzad Yassini, Wendi O. Wagner).

Race Discrimination

Settlement: $1,100,000

LAPD sergeant alleged reverse race discrimination (Podesta v. City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Superior Court, plaintiff attorneys:  Matthew S. McNicholas, Douglas D. Winter).

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Verdict: $5,788,000

Nurse's co-administration of IV meds allegedly caused complex regional pain syndrome (Baca v. Citrus Valley Medical Center, Los Angeles County Superior Court, plaintiff attorneys:  John F. Denove, Jesse E. French).

Post-Op Death

Settlement: $1,500,000

Patient reportedly died due to bleeding after undergoing low back surgery at defendant hospital (Confidential v. Confidential, Los Angeles County Superior Court, plaintiff attorney:  Richard A. Cohn).

Spinal Cord Injury

Verdict: Defense

Man alleged spinal cord injury as a result of chiropractic treatment (Dabalos v. Ringer Chiropractic, San Joaquin County Superior Court, defense attorney:  Barry Vogel).


Asbestos Death

Settlement: $3,300,000

Plaintiffs asserted that decedent's former employers and entities that served as contractors failed to provide him with a safe work environment free from exposure to asbestos (Turner v. Anco Insulations Inc., Louisiana – Iberville Parish District Court, plaintiff attorneys:  Jeffrey T. Gaughan, Lewis O. Unglesby, Scott C. Stassi).

Wrongful Death

Verdict: $5,704,500

Plaintiffs alleged that defendants negligently failed to scan for, nor detect, a liver lesion and the lesion was not diagnosed as cancerous until the decedent sought treatment from non-party Mayo Clinic (Kander v. Agha, Pennsylvania – Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, plaintiff attorneys:  Harry S. Cohen, Todd David Bowlus).