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Taser Death

Settlement: $4,250,000

A janitor died after being stunned by a taser after honking at a sheriff's deputy (Kephart v. County of San Bernardino, San Bernardino County Superior Court, Plaintiff attorney: Brian Panish).

Low-impact Collision

Verdict: $1,409,805

Defendant contended that plaintiff's lumbar injuries and surgeries were unrelated to a low-impact collision. (Ice-Dunnigan v. California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco County Superior Court, Plaintiff attorney: Steven J. Brady).

False Advertising

Settlement: $2,000,000

Class members claimed that defendant failed to warn customers that defendant's supplements contained DMAA which plaintiffs contended was known to cause dangerous health effects   (Hogan v. UPSLabs LLC, Los Angeles County Superior Court, Plaintiff attorney: Michael Louis Kelly).

Mold Claim

Verdict: Defense

Tenants claimed mold, other issues made home uninhabitable – plaintiffs originally demanded $1 million and later offered to settle for $499,999.99 (Jaquez v. Trudell, San Diego County Superior Court, Defense attorney: Lane E. Webb).

Public Records Dispute

Settlement: $73,800

Plaintiff recycling center claimed defendant heavily and improperly redacted public documents requested under the California Public Records Act and the Oakland Sunshine Laws (Alliance Recycling Inc. v. City of Oakland, Alameda County Superior Court, Plaintiff attorney: Robert A. Bernheimer).

Brain Injury

Settlement: $5,000,000

A 63-year-old bicyclist was struck by a left-turning tractor trailer causing alleged major traumatic brain injury  (Krienke v. Confidential, Los Angeles County Superior Court, Plaintiff attorney: Roger E. Booth).

Personal watercraft Accident

Verdict: $21,717,231

Plaintiff, a passenger on a personal watercraft, prevailed on product liability claims against defendant personal watercraft manufacturer as well as negligence claims against defendant jet boat operator and defendant personal watercraft operator (Esparza v. Polaris Industries, Inc., Los Angeles County Superior Court, Plaintiff attorney: Lawrence P. Grassini).

Police Attack

Settlement: $45,000

Plaintiff claimed defendant police officer fractured his knee and wrist with a billy club after plaintiff fully complied with a request to "Hold it!" (Woodson v. City and County of San Francisco, Northern District Federal Court, Plaintiff attorney: Panos Lagos).

Finger Crush

Verdict: $227,000

Plaintiff claimed that defendant's employees lowered a 35-foot articulating boom which crushed plaintiff's index finger (Ohmer v. F&B Rentals Inc., Orange County Superior Court, Plaintiff attorney: Kathleen Rager).

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