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September 04, 2013

California Skateparks agrees to stop unfair competition in public works bidding

A California company that designs and builds skateboard parks has agreed to settle an antitrust lawsuit alleging the company tried to unfairly win a city contract to build a skate park at Hansen Dam in the San Fernando Valley, the District Attorney’s Office announced today.

California Skateparks, a California corporation located in Upland, agreed to a stipulated judgment signed by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Barbara A. Meiers ordering them to pay $20,000 in civil penalties and $45,000 in legal and investigative costs. The defendants entered into the agreement without admitting wrongdoing.More

Auguat 01, 2013

Many a Wary Eye Watching the Potential for Januvia Pancreatic Cancer

Washington, DC: When the medical and regulatory communities start to gang up on you with post-market studies and independent reviews, the only thing a manufacturer can do is to put as positive a spin as possible on the issue. Such is the case with Merck & Co., the manufacturer and distributor of type 2 diabetes drug Januvia, in the wake of renewed concern over Januvia side effects.

In a release, Michael Rosenblatt, MD, who serves as chief medical officer for Merck, defended the drug and welcomed the renewed scrutiny. “Nothing is more important to Merck than the safety of our medicines and the people who take them. We welcome opportunities to discuss the data that support the safety profile of sitagliptin in the treatment of adults with type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is a disease with serious consequences if left untreated,” said Dr. Rosenblatt, in the statement. “We are committed to participating in an independent review of our data, and will join the [American Diabetes Association, ADA] in planning for such an initiative.”More

 

July 04, 2013

Bank of America Faces Debt Collection Harassment Class Action Lawsuit

New York, NY: A class action lawsuit has been filed against Bank of America (BoFA) by a Florida resident, over allegations America’s biggest bank is in violation of the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and the Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act.

Filed by Broward County resident Marc Katz, the lawsuit, entitled, Marc Katz v. Bank of America NA, case number 0:13-cv-61372, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, alleges BoFA uses automated dialers to call the cellphones of people who have debt with the bank. In the putative class action, Katz claims that in 2010 BoFA launched a mortgage foreclosure action against him in Florida state court. The bank then continued to call his cellphone using automated dialing systems in an effort to try and collect the purported debt. This occurred even after the bank was told to contact Katz’s attorney for anything related to the foreclosure action, according to the lawsuit.

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June 27, 2013

Apple Faces Consumer Fraud Class Action over HD Download Fee

San Francisco, CA: Apple is facing a consumer fraud class action lawsuit filed this week over allegations it charges iTunes customers extra for accessing high definition (HD) media products for older Apple devices, despite the fact that those devices lack HD capability.

In the lawsuit, lead plaintiff Scott J. Weiselberg claims that the default download option provided on Apple’s iTunes is HD, which is more expensive than non-HD options for movie and TV show rentals, for example. More

May 10, 2013

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Announces Suit Against JPMorgan Chase for Fraudulent and Unlawful Debt-Collection Practices

LOS ANGELES -- Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today filed an enforcement action against JPMorgan Chase & Co. (Chase) alleging that the bank engaged in fraudulent and unlawful debt-collection practices against tens of thousands of Californians.

The suit alleges that Chase engaged in widespread, illegal robo-signing, among other unlawful practices, to commit debt-collection abuses against approximately 100,000 California credit card borrowers over at least a three-year period.More

May 10, 2013

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Announces Suit Against JPMorgan Chase for Fraudulent and Unlawful Debt-Collection Practices

LOS ANGELES -- Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today filed an enforcement action against JPMorgan Chase & Co. (Chase) alleging that the bank engaged in fraudulent and unlawful debt-collection practices against tens of thousands of Californians.

The suit alleges that Chase engaged in widespread, illegal robo-signing, among other unlawful practices, to commit debt-collection abuses against approximately 100,000 California credit card borrowers over at least a three-year period.More

April 01, 2013

Giants Pitcher Barry Zito Sues Cab Company Over West Hollywood Car Crash

San Francisco Giants pitcher Barry Zito today sued the owners of a taxi cab that he says collided with his vehicle in West Hollywood two years ago.

The Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit by the 34-year-old lefthander names as defendants Los Angeles Checker Cab. It seeks unspecified damages. More

March 28, 2013

LAPD officer wins $1.2-million verdict in racial harassment suit

A jury Tuesday ordered the city of Los Angeles to pay $1.2 million to a black police officer who alleged he was the butt of vulgar racial harassment by a white supervisor and other officers.

In his lawsuit, Earl Wright, who joined the department in 1989, accused the supervisor, Sgt. Peter Foster, and a handful of officers of carrying out racial pranks and making comments that left him "embarrassed and humiliated."More

February 01, 2013

Priest files in child sex abuse cases to include key names

Attorneys for the Los Angeles Archdiocese are scheduled to speak with a judge Thursday to discuss the release of personnel files of priests accused of sexually abusing children.

The church had agreed to make public the personnel files of 89 priests accused of sexually abusing children as part of a 2007 court settlement. Fourteen files were released last week in ongoing civil litigation.More

January 04, 2013

Former American Humane Assn. employee sues AHA, HBO over 'Luck'

A former senior employee of the American Humane Assn., the group responsible for the "No Animals Were Harmed" certification on film credits, is suing her former employer, saying she was wrongfully terminated for complaining about the alleged abuse and mistreatment of horses on the set of HBO's ill-fated series "Luck."

In a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court this week, Barbara Casey, the former director of production for the AHA's film and television unit, alleged that AHA thwarted her efforts to enforce AHA's animal safety standards and prevent "animal abuse and cruelty" during the filming of "Luck," which shut down in March after three horses were killed.More

December 08, 2012

Toys R Us R All Over the News this Week – and not in a good way

News that a $1.1 million settlement was approved by a California judge in a consumer fraud class action lawsuit pending against the toy retailer was reported earlier this week.

Note, this is not a settlement for the Toys R Us bait-and-switch class action lawsuit filed by an angry customer who feels he was duped over the Thanksgiving weekend. That lawsuit alleges Toys “R” US engaged in a bait-and-switch scheme that lured in online shoppers with offers of valuable free gifts but turned out be small or non-existent, and it is alive and well.More

December 05, 2012

$50-million settlement reached in Rialto Superfund site cleanup

Settlements worth a combined $50 million have been reached over the cleanup of a 160-acre Superfund site in Rialto, where the water supply was contaminated as companies manufactured munitions, fireworks and rocket motors, federal authorities said.

The Environmental Protection Agency announced the two settlements Wednesday involving the B.F. Goodrich Superfund site and said a dozen entities were involved in the settlement, including San Bernardino County and the cities of Rialto and Colton.More

November 28, 2012

Muslim former employee sues Disney for discrimination

Imane Boudlal, former employee of the Storytellers Café at Disney’s California Adventure, filed suit today in federal court against the company for harassment and religious discrimination because she is a North African Arab and a Muslim.

The ACLU of Southern California (ACLU/SC) and the law firm of Hadsell Stormer Richardson & Renick represent 28-year-old Imane Boudlal in her lawsuit against the Walt Disney Company. Boudlal, a U.S. citizen born in Morocco, began working at Storytellers Café in April of 2008. From the beginning, she was subjected to anti-Muslim and anti-Arab slurs from her coworkers and supervisors, including “terrorist,” “camel” and others. She reported the harassment to her managers, who admitted a problem but never took action.More

November 23, 2012

Carol Burnett Sued for Misappropriated Funds

Carol Burnet is being sued by Bob Banner Associates (BBA), a company stating that revenues due from "The Carol Burnett Show" and "Mama's Family" have been misappropriated.

According to papers filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, Bob Banner's team alleges that they are co-owners of the copyrights to the first five seasons of "The Carol Burnett Show." Associates state they received no accounting records or compensation for the episodes during those seasons.More

November 20, 2012

Nicollette Sheridan Appeal Denied: 'Desperate Housewives' Actress Terminated

The prolonged legal fight between actress Nicollette Sheridan and ABC over her termination has seemingly come to an end after the California Supreme Court denied an appeal by the actress.

The state's highest court issued the brief ruling Friday with the court's chief justice, Tani Cantil-Sakauye, writing: "The petition for review is denied … The request for an order requesting depublication of the opinion is denied."More

November 19, 2012

L.A. County acting assessor to probe tax breaks OK'd by Noguez

Noguez, arrested in a bribery case, approved tax breaks for downtown L.A. business owners who donated to his Huntington Park City Council account.

Large tax breaks approved by Assessor John Noguez for downtown business owners who contributed to a little-known campaign fund will be investigated immediately, according to acting assessor Santos Kreimann.More

November 18, 2012

Nicollette Sheridan drops TV abuse claims

NICOLLETTE Sheridan has removed claims of mental and physical abuse from a $20 million lawsuit against her former Desperate Housewives employers for her firing.

Nicollette Sheridan has removed claims of mental and physical abuse from a $20 million lawsuit against her former Desperate Housewives employers for her firing, entertainment website RadarOnline reported.More

November 15, 2012

Hydraulic Fracturing Water Contamination Leads to California Lawsuit

San Francisco, CA: Concerns about hydraulic fracturing water contamination have led to environmental groups filing a lawsuit against the state of California, alleging regulators allow hydraulic fracking to occur in violation of California environmental laws. The lawsuit claims hydraulic fracturing contamination could affect groundwater and air quality.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle (10/16/12), the lawsuit was filed on behalf of five environmental groups, who allege the California Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources allows fracking to occur without any environmental impact report, which would include a study of the effects of fracking on groundwater and air. This practice is in violation of the California Environmental Quality Act, the lawsuit claims. The California Environmental Quality Act requires people and organizations involved in major construction or infrastructure projects to detail the environmental effects of their proposed work and how they plan to lessen their environmental impact.More

November 14, 2012

Case to be amended in Chinese students' deaths

LOS ANGELES -- A judge says the Chinese parents of two slain graduate students will have to amend their lawsuit against the University of Southern California or it will be dismissed.

The judge who questioned the merits of the suit Tuesday said the parents' lawyers would have 20 days to amend and refile the case.More

November 13, 2012

FDIC seeks damages from three former IndyMac executives

Trial begins on a civil lawsuit that accuses them of negligence in approving loans that developers and home builders never repaid.

When the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. seized Pasadena housing lender IndyMac Bank four years ago, the scene resembled the grim bank failures of the 1930s.More

November 12, 2012

Hyundai, Kia face $775M suit over mileage claims

LOS ANGELES (Nov. 9, 2012) — Hyundai Motor America and Kia Motors America have been hit with a second U.S. civil suit seeking class-action status after the companies admitted to making bogus fuel-economy claims.

The latest was Nov. 6 in U.S. Central District Court in Los Angeles on behalf of 23 plaintiffs. It seeks $775 million in compensation for owners who say resale values have been damaged by the companies' inflated fuel-economy figures.More

November 08, 2012

Kabbalah Centre of Los Angeles Settles Law Case

A woman and the Kabbalah Centre of Los Angeles have settled her fraud suit against the organization and all of its entities alleging that $500,000 she invested in a program for children was not used as she intended.

An attorney for Courtenay Geddes filed a notice of settlement Thursday with Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Daniel Buckley. No terms were divulged.More

November 07, 2012

$1.6 Million California Labor Lawsuit Launched Against Farm Labor Contractor

Monterey, CA: The labor commissioner for the state of California continues her pursuit of alleged labor law violations in her state, with the recent filing of a $1.6 million California labor lawsuit against a farm labor contractor. At issue, according to US States News (11/16/12), are multiple violations involving about 150 workers in various locations scattered throughout Monterey County.

The suspected violations to California labor code allegedly committed by Zavala Farms include failure to provide wages approaching minimum wage levels and failure to pay overtime.More

November 06, 2012

Magic Johnson fired me for being too old, says flight attendant in his private jet, used pretext of tardiness

Lanita Thomas, former employee of hoops legend Magic Johnson, filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court this week saying her dismissal over tardiness was actually a pretext for ageism. She is 45 years old.

A former employee of Magic Johnson says the basketball legend fired her for being seven minutes late to work — a delay she blames on his request for a turkey sandwich.More

November 05, 2012

Star hit with attack damages claim

A female US academic who claims she was assaulted by Johnny Depp's security guards while he was present can sue the US star for punitive damages, a judge has ruled.

Robin Eckert, a medical professor at the University of California Irvine, claims Depp and his guards became aggressive with her at a concert in Los Angeles last December.More

October 27, 2012

Former ’90210' star has lawsuit against former lover thrown out

A judge has tossed former “Beverly Hills, 90210” actor Brian Austin Green’s lawsuit alleging former flame Vanessa Marcil-Giovinazzo owed him about $200,000 in unpaid loans.

Marcil-Giovinazzo’s attorneys maintained there never was a contract between the two, but that even if one existed Green waited too long to file the case.More

October 26, 2012

Los Angeles County can establish Office of Inspector General, independent oversight group to monitor jails, attorney says

LOS ANGELES - The Board of Supervisors has the legal authority to establish either an Office of Inspector General or an independent oversight commission to monitor county jails, the county's lead attorney said today.

The office or commission would oversee conditions in the jails, review use-of-force investigations and deputy discipline and conduct its own investigations, audits and inspections. It would be most effective "only if it had the full cooperation of the sheriff," County Counsel John Krattli said.More

October 25, 2012

Lawyer: USC Should Be Held Liable For Slayings of Students

Ming Qu and Ying Wu were killed April 11 in a robbery attempt off campus

An attorney for the parents of two USC students slain in an off-campus robbery attempt in April said in court documents that university officials failed to provide adequate security.More

October 24, 2012

Expect a Tide of AMS TVM Lawsuits

Minnetonka, MN: There is rampant speculation that a tide of AMS transvaginal mesh lawsuits will flow amidst allegations the products caused infections, vaginal erosion, organ puncture and, in a handful of cases, death. And this isn't a lawyer talking, either. According to the Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal (The Business Journal 8/24/12) this is the position of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) itself.

To be fair, American Medical Systems Inc. (AMS) isn't the only manufacturer of the allegedly problematic mesh systems. Some 30 different manufacturers have been admonished by the FDA to undertake post-market studies of the transvaginal mesh, to better determine the safety and effectiveness of the controversial products. AMS mesh is one of those manufacturers so ordered.More

October 23, 2012

LA sheriff’s office sued over immigration holds

WASHINGTON: Rights groups filed a class-action lawsuit on Friday against the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, accusing it of unlawfully detaining immigrants at the behest of the federal government for days beyond when they should have been released.

The suit highlights the detention of a British filmmaker and legal immigrant, Duncan Roy, who spent 89 days in jail because of an erroneous federal immigration hold that left him unable to post bail, according to the American Civil Liberties Union. More

October 22, 2012

Boy Scouts 'perversion files': New lawsuits, damages likely

With the release this week of 1,200 confidential files on suspected sexual abuse from past decades, the Boy Scouts of America faces the prospect of a new wave of lawsuits and potentially costly damages.

But as in past child sex abuse cases, alleged victims’ ability to get their cases before a jury will vary dramatically by state. More

October 19, 2012

The Mysterious Case of Christopher Marks

Vintner Found Dead One Month Ago, but Authorities Still Don’t Know Why

It’s been one month since the body of Christopher Marks was found on the beach below Shoreline Park, but authorities are still puzzled as to what circumstances led to the death of the 60-year-old Santa Barbara County vintner and investment advisor.

The Santa Barbara Police Department and the FBI called in to conduct an extensive underwater search on October 3 will only confirm that the death was suspicious, which points to either homicide or suicide, and that the specific cause was blunt force trauma to the head, which is what the family has been told. Meanwhile, others with knowledge of the case have told The Santa Barbara Independent that Marks was shot in the back of the head, but authorities have not yet verified that claim.More

October 18, 2012

Los Angeles Achdiocese to release personnel files of priests accused of abuse

Five years after agreeing to do so, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles is poised to release personnel files on 25 former priests accused of sex abuse and child molestation, after the state Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected the former priests' appeal to keep the documents confidential.

The release of the documents was part of the Archdiocese's record $660 million settlement in 2007 to 508 people who said they were victims. More

October 17, 2012

Premarin, Prempro, and Premphase Class Action Lawuit Certified

San Diego, CA: Official notice to potential Class Members has begun in a consumer fraud class action lawsuit that claims that drug manufacturer Wyeth violated California laws by misrepresenting the benefits and/or failing to disclose the risks of the prescription hormone replacement therapy (HRT) medications Premarin, Prempro, and Premphase.

The United States District Court for the Southern District of California has certified the case as a class action. At this stage, no determination has been made as to which side is right and the case is proceeding to trial. Wyeth denies it did anything wrong and lawyers for the Class will have to prove their claims in Court. More

October 16, 2012

California Realtor Settles Labor Lawsuit for $5 Million

Emeryville, CA: A California labor lawsuit has been settled, with the defendant admitting to no wrongdoing against allegations brought by the Office of the California Labor Commissioner, according to a report by Thomson Reuters news service (10/1/12).

The Labor Commissioner alleged that ZipRealty failed in its mandate to pay California real estate agents minimum wage and overtime, as dictated by California labor law at the time. The defendant maintained, according to the report, that real estate agents working as agents of ZipRealty were commissioned agents only, and thus were paid commissions on those transactions.More

October 15, 2012

Attorney for Steven Tyler Sued Over Allegedly Botching 'American Idol' Contract

The former management company for Steven Tyler has sued his current attorney, alleging she botched his contract negotiation with "American Idol," according to The Hollywood Reporter's Hollywood, Esq.

Kovac Media Group filed a suit Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court claiming that entertainment attorney Dina LaPolt, who was brought in to help Tyler negotiate a new "Idol" deal at the end of last season, ended up poisoning the talks, the story notes.More

October 12, 2012

Asbestos News Roundup: 10.11.12 – Veterans Asbestos Risk

A roundup of recent asbestos-related news and information that you should be aware of. An ongoing list of reported asbestos hot spots in the US from the Asbestos News Roundup archive appears on our asbestos map.

US Veterans and Merchant Marines at Risk for Asbestos DiseaseBeginning in the 1930s, nearly all ships built by the US Navy—including submarines—contained insulation or other machine parts containing asbestos. From that time, until the 1970s, when the US Navy stopped using asbestos in shipbuilding, thousands of US Navy Veterans and former Merchant Marines who served during World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and other conflicts were exposed to harmful levels of asbestos, placing them at risk of developing mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis or other asbestos diseases. Shipyard workers, boiler mechanics, electricians and pipefitters who handled asbestos products are also at risk of developing asbetsos-related diseases.More

October 11, 2012

U.S. Supreme Court ends suit against telecom firms for aiding NSA

Justices refuse to hear the case against the nation's telecommunications carriers for helping the National Security Agency monitor calls and email.

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has ended a 6-year-old class-action lawsuit against the nation's telecommunications carriers for secretly helping the National Security Agency monitor phone calls and emails coming into and out of this country.

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October 10, 2012

Former Lakers coach to pay $2.7M in mold lawsuit

LOS ANGELES — LOS ANGELES (AP) - A former Los Angeles Lakers coach has been ordered to pay more than $2.7 million for failing to disclose water seepage and mold in the Pacific Palisades home sold to a money manager in 2007.

City News Service reports a Los Angeles Superior Court panel found Friday that Rudy Tomjanovich and his wife acted with malice toward Steven Bardack, the founder of Strata Capital.More

October 08, 2012

Sex offender sues four Orange County cities over park, beach bans

A registered sex offender has filed suit against four Orange County cities, challenging the constitutionality of laws that ban sex offenders from using public parks, beaches and even some roadways.

The suit is aimed at Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Seal Beach and Lake Forest, which have all modeled local ordinances after the county’s sex offender law, which bans those people from entering county parks and other public facilities.More

October 05, 2012

California Employment Bill Designed to Protect Workers' Rights

Chico, CA: While one California labor lawsuit appears almost settled, some blue collar workers argue their California labor law rights are constantly being violated, bringing California labor code and federal labor laws to the forefront of the media's attention.

According to American Banker (9/28/12), Tri Counties Bank will pay up to $2.5 million to settle allegations made in a class action lawsuit that the bank did not properly pay employees for overtime hours worked. Specifically, the plaintiffs allege assistant branch managers were misclassified as exempt from overtime pay, a violation of California labor law. The bank will pay between $2.1 million and $2.5 million, depending on how many class participants file claims.More

October 04, 2012

California Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuits Reaches 115

The Los Angeles based law firm of Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, P.C., has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against drug giant Takeda Pharmaceuticals on behalf of the surviving family members of five people who allege their loved ones died from bladder cancer after taking the diabetes drug Actos(pioglitazone).

According to Baum Hedlund, the bundled complaint (case no. BC-492185) joins 115 other cases already filed in the Judicial Council Coordinated Proceedings (JCCP 4696 - In re Actos Product Liability Cases coordinated proceeding) at Los Angeles Superior Court.More

October 03, 2012

Update: California Law Protects Facebook Passwords from Employers

Remember that uproar not so long ago about employers asking for social media passwords? The story got a lot of press as job seekers in particular feared being caught between a rock and a hard place if a potential employer were to ask for their Facebook password. A dicey situation at best—and a privacy violation at worst.

Well, now we have some good news: California has signed two new laws relating to social media privacy protection. The first prohibits employers from asking current employees and/or job applicants for social media passwords in an attempt to get insight about the individual via social media snooping.More

October 02, 2012

Ca. and Anthem Blue Cross settle over data breach

LOS ANGELES — LOS ANGELES (AP) - California Attorney General Kamala Harris has settled a lawsuit against Anthem Blue Cross after the insurer mailed policyholders letters that had their Social Security numbers printed on them.

In a statement, Harris says the lawsuit was filed and settled for $150,000 Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court, and involved letters mailed to 33,000 Medicare Supplement and Medicare Part D subscribers between April 2011 and March 2012.More

October 01, 2012

Budget cuts eliminate many court stenographers

LOS ANGELES -- The flying fingers of court-employed stenographers who type as fast as anyone can talk are being stilled in many California civil courtrooms as budget cuts force layoffs that could cost litigants extra money to hire private services.

The absence of the familiar figures typing rapidly on little machines is being felt in courthouses throughout the state. It doesn't affect criminal cases, which require a written record, but could have a big impact on civil lawsuits.More

September 28, 2012

Health Net sued over 'medically unnecessary' coverage denials

Some Californians are suing Health Net over the insurer's refusal to cover some treatments after it deemed them medically unnecessary.

Los Angeles Times: Health Net Faces Suit Over Refusals To Cover Treatments
Robert Mendoza of Monrovia says he had to come up with about $30,000 last year to pay for a cancer surgery that his insurer, Health Net Inc., refused to cover because it wasn't considered "medically necessary" (Terhune, 9/13).More

September 27, 2012

U.S. actress sues anti-Islam filmmaker, YouTube in federal court

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - An actress who said she was duped into appearing in an anti-Islam film that stoked violent protests across the Muslim world took her legal bid to federal court on Wednesday in a renewed effort to force it off YouTube.

The lawsuit filed by Cindy Lee Garcia names the popular online video site YouTube and its parent company Google Inc. as defendants, along with the Egyptian-American Coptic Christian from California believed to be behind the making of the film.More

September 26, 2012

Feds Hit LA In Medical Marijuana Crackdown

LOS ANGELES -- Federal prosecutors looking to take out California's medical marijuana shops have now set their sights on Los Angeles, where city officials have struggled to stop a blooming of dispensaries.

The U.S. attorney's office sued three property owners that house pot collectives and sent warning letters to 68 others as they enforce a federal law that doesn't recognize a California initiative that legalized pot for medicinal use.More

September 25, 2012

The stakes in Chicago – and California

The teachers’ strike in Chicago is likely to end this weekend, according to reports. But the reason it has resonated so strongly in California the past week is because the central issue there is the same as the central issue here: Are public schools primarily about educating children or about providing well-paying, tenured jobs to adults?

In Chicago, as in California, teachers strongly object to including how their students perform in their job evaluations. They say they shouldn’t be held responsible for kids who struggle because of family problems, a lack of parental involvement, poor nutrition and other factors. They also say teaching is an art, not a science. This issue is why the Chicago Teachers Union went on strike, not a dispute over compensation.More

September 24, 2012

$16M Settlement Proposed in Mannkind Securities Class Action Lawsuit

New York, NY: To all persons who purchased publicly traded shares of Mannkind Corporation common stock between May 4, 2010 and February 11, 2011, inclusive, and incurred damages (The “Class”), you are hereby notified of a preliminary settlement in re MANNKIND CORP. securities litigation. The following statement relates to all actions, Case No. 11-cv-00929-GAF.More

September 21, 2012

US judge rejects call to ban YouTube anti-Muslim film

LOS ANGELES, USA - A US judge refused Thursday, September 20, to order the video sharing website YouTube to take down a trailer for an anti-Islamic film that has triggered protests across the Muslim world.

One of the actresses in the movie, a crude and amateurish portrayal of the life of Mohammed seemingly designed to cause offense, had lodged a complaint, alleging that she was duped into appearing.More

September 20, 2012

Arctic Zero Faces Consumer Fraud Class Action over Calorie Counts on Frozen Deserts

Los Angeles, CA: A consumer fraud class action lawsuit has been filed against Arctic Zero claiming its frozen desserts have 46% to 68% more calories than advertised.

The lawsuit, entitled Brenda Freeman v. Arctic Zero, Inc., Case No. 12-cv-2279 L BGS, US District, Southern District of California, alleges the company deceptively labels and markets its frozen treats as having only “150 calories per pint.” However, the frozen desserts contain up to 68% more calories than advertised based on findings from recent independent laboratory tests performed by EMSL Analytical, Inc. The deserts include Arctic Zero Chocolate Peanut Butter, and Arctic Zero Vanilla Maple which has 46% more calories than the 150 calories prominently advertised on the front of the product packaging as well as on its nutritional label, the class action lawsuit states.More

September 19, 2012

'Innocence of Muslims' actress claims death threats, sues YouTube

An actress who starred in “Innocence of Muslims” has sued the film’s producer and You Tube, claiming that clips from the controversial anti-Islam movie have lead to death threats against her, The Times' Movies Now blog reported.

In a complaint alleging fraud, slander and intentional infliction of emotional distress, Cindy Lee Garcia said that after scenes from “Innocence of Muslims” posted on YouTube sparked Middle East protests last week, she was subjected to “credible death threats” and was no longer permitted to provide child care for her grandchildren. More

September 18, 2012

LA civil-rights attorney may help Seattle police mend community relations

A civil-rights attorney who has spent years working on police reform in Los Angeles was in Seattle this week to consider advising Mayor Mike McGinn on repairing the police department's relations with minority communities.

The Seattle Times reports that Connie Rice met with the mayor and Seattle Police Department brass to get a handle on the work needed to be done. More

September 17, 2012

Los Angeles Law Firm Owen, Patterson & Owen to Set Up Informational Website in Robinson Helicopter Crash Lawsuit

ANGELES — Robinson Helicopter is the lone defendant in a trial which began in Brisbane, Australia on Thursday, September 13th (Supreme Court of Queensland, Number S 4573/07). The trial is expected to last 14 days. The justice presiding over the trial has ordered that the case be bifurcated. If successful on liability, the damage phase will begin sometime thereafter. Due to Mr. McDermott's severe injuries, he was no longer able to operate his 1.5 million acre cattle ranch. It is anticipated that Mr. McDermott's economic loss will be very substantial.

A brief summary on the facts of the case are as follows:More

September 14, 2012

Elk Grove lineman sues USC over injected drug

A former University of Southern California football player from Elk Grove charged in a lawsuit Thursday that team doctors shot him up with a painkiller that gave him a heart attack.

Then, when he recovered, the school obstructed his efforts to transfer, the suit said, at major cost to his professional career.More

September 13, 2012

Provost Umphrey settles lawsuit with Dole Food Company

BEAUMONT — The Provost and Umphrey Law Firm, L.L.P. (Provost), in association with its foreign counsel, announces the global settlement of all litigation against Dole Food Company, Inc. involving Central Americans’ exposure to the pesticide dibromochloropropane (“DBCP”).

Provost represents DBCP clients from five Central American countries -- Nicaragua, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, and Guatemala. The Dole settlement involves only three of those countries, Nicaragua, Honduras, and Costa Rica; and it terminates litigation against Dole in both Los Angeles Superior Court and the courts of Nicaragua.More

September 12, 2012

Steve Wynn asks jury for $40 million in damages from Joe Francis

An attorney for Steve Wynn asked jurors Tuesday to award the casino mogul an additional $20 million in his slander suit against "Girls Gone Wild" founder Joe Francis.

"He needs to be stopped," Wynn's lead lawyer, Barry Langberg, told jurors Tuesday before they began deliberating punitive damages in the case. More

September 11, 2012

New Bill Stems From California Labor Lawsuit

Sacramento, CA: A California labor lawsuit filed last Fall has partially resulted in a new state Bill, yet to be signed, that will ensure an entity employing temporary workers has the necessary cash reserves or financial resources in place to pay those workers, and to not deny them any California overtime which may be their due.

According to The Press Enterprise (8/24/12), the Bill will not provide workers any additional protections under the California labor code per se. However, AB 1855 would ensure that workers are afforded all protections currently enshrined in California labor employment law.More

September 10, 2012

When Is Bullying and Harassment a California Labor Law Violation?

Sacramento, CA: Although California was the first state to introduce anti-bullying legislation (2003), it is still prevalent in the workplace. "The most common forms of illegal harassment are from workplace bullies," says employee attorney Donna M. Ballman, P.A., "and they will stay a bully from playground to workplace." So when is harassment from your employer a violation of the California Labor Law?

"When the people these bullies pick on are in a protected category (e.g., gender, race, religion or pregnancy) that is when they step over the line," says Ballman. "Those are the categories that bullies tend to latch onto. They will also sometimes pick on someone in an emotional situation, someone in a delicate mental state and can torment them to death. You see how bullying affects kids and it happens in the workplace—people can become suicidal or have a nervous breakdown." However, even if an employee believes he or she is being bullied or harassed by their employer, a supervisor, or a co-worker or they are in a "hostile work environment," they may not have a California labor law claim.More

September 08, 2012

Just Two of a Potential 10,000 Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuits

Boston, MA: It may have been all well and good for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to caution Actos patients, as it did last June, about the potential for Actos bladder cancer following use of Actos for longer than one year, but the problem for many Actos lawsuit plaintiffs, however, is two-fold...

• Most patients with Type 2 diabetes require ongoing medication to manage their disease.

• The FDA warning came after countless Actos patients had already been using Actos for several years.More

September 07, 2012

New Bill Stems From California Labor Lawsuit

Sacramento, CA: A California labor lawsuit filed last Fall has partially resulted in a new state Bill, yet to be signed, that will ensure an entity employing temporary workers has the necessary cash reserves or financial resources in place to pay those workers, and to not deny them any California overtime which may be their due.

According to The Press Enterprise (8/24/12), the Bill will not provide workers any additional protections under the California labor code per se. However, AB 1855 would ensure that workers are afforded all protections currently enshrined in California labor employment law.More

September 06, 2012

Doctor sued in dementia patient's crash is found not liable

An Orange County jury found Thursday that the doctor of a dementia patient bore no responsibility for a car crash the 85-year-old woman caused that killed her longtime partner.

The family of William Powers, who died after the 2010 accident, had sued Dr. Arthur Daigneault for wrongful death, saying the physician should have taken steps to have Lorraine Sullivan's driver's license revoked.More

September 05, 2012

Coca-Cola Faces Text Message Spam Class Action

Los Angeles, CA: Coca-Cola is facing a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) class action lawsuit over allegations the soft drink manufacturer bombards customers’ cell phones with spam text messages regardless of whether or not they’ve opted out of its “rewards” program.

The Plaintiff claims Coca Cola’s actions are in violation of the TCPA, which prohibits companies from using an automatic dialing system to make unsolicited calls or text messages to a customer’s cell phone. More

September 04, 2012

Grocery union fails in bid for Fresh & Easy price tags

A union effort to attack the nonunion Fresh & Easy grocery chain by forcing it to put price tags on each individual item, instead of using shelf tags, has fallen short again, with an appeals court ordering the plaintiffs to pay the company's legal costs.

Grocery workers' unions have battled the chain for years, picketing stores, producing attack literature and funding efforts to organize employees. More

August 31, 2012

Julia Child foundation, oven-maker in legal fight

BOSTON -- A foundation set up by late chef Julia Child is locked in a legal fight with the manufacturer of Thermador ovens for touting her use of its high-end appliances.

The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts claims BSH Home Appliances Corp. is using Child's name and image without permission. The Irvine, Calif.-based manufacturer says it is simply making a factual reference to Child's use of its appliances.More

August 30, 2012

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Announces Largest Medi-Cal Settlement in California History

SACRAMENTO -- Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced a $323.67 million settlement with a Los Angeles-based health maintenance organization over excess Medi-Cal and Medicare payments.

The settlement with SCAN Health Plan, Senior Care Action Network, and Scan Group (collectively known as SCAN), which provides health care and support services in Southern California to the elderly and disabled, constitutes the largest Medi-Cal recovery in the state’s history.More

August 29, 2012

Ex-'CSI' star Gary Dourdan sues bank to stop foreclosure

Former CSI star Gary Dourdan has filed an injunction to stop the foreclosure of his California home.

Bankers at Wells Fargo are set to claim the actor's Venice mansion on August 30 after he fell behind on his payments, but now the 45-year-old has made a last-ditch attempt to stop the house from being sold off by accusing financiers of failing to offer him a relief plan.More

August 28, 2012

Did California Managers Sell Unused Vacation Time for Illegal Overtime Pay?

Sacramento, CA: An overtime pay laws case in California that saw managers normally not qualifying for overtime pay receive extra compensation through a process historically reserved for natural disasters, has raised the ire of taxpayers across the cash-strapped state. According to the Sacramento Bee (8/16/12), about $271,000 was paid out inappropriately.

Overtime laws govern the process involving extra compensation for workers who toil over and above the standard workweek. Some employees, by way of a particular job description or a job that is classified as overtime exempt, do not qualify for extra pay. Management jobs usually fall in this camp.More

August 27, 2012

Martin Scorsese Responds to 'Silence' Movie Lawsuit

Through his representative, the 'Hugo' helmer brands the suit 'shocking' and accuses Cecchi Gori Pictures of pursuing 'meritless action.'

Martin Scorsese has finally broken silence on the lawsuit against Cecchi Gori Pictures and Cecchi Gori USA, who sued the "Hugo" helmer for failing to direct "Silence" as his next movie. Through his representative on Friday, August 24, Scorsese called the lawsuit "shocking" and branded it "absurd."

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August 24, 2012

Federal Authorities Take Enforcement Actions Against Commercial Marijuana Stores in Orange County Cities of Anaheim and La Habra

Justice Department Letters and Lawsuits Target Dozens of Illegal Storefronts

LOS ANGELES – As part of an ongoing initiative against the commercial marijuana industry in California, federal authorities today filed three asset forfeiture lawsuits against properties housing six marijuana stores in Anaheim and sent warning letters to people associated with a total of 66 illegal marijuana operations in the cities of Anaheim and La Habra.More

August 23, 2012

NFL, insurers clash over head injuries

New York -- A fight is brewing between the NFL and insurers over who will pay to defend the league against former players' lawsuits over head injuries, with the league and carriers now squaring off in cases on each coast.

Some Travelers Companies Inc. subsidiaries filed a lawsuit Tuesday in New York, where Alterra America Insurance Co. filed its own suit last week. The Travelers subsidiaries say they insured only the league's merchandising arm. Alterra updated its filing Wednesday, complaining that the league's suit showed it had more information about head-injury claims than it had given the company.More

August 21, 2012

Christian Science adherents sue private L.A. school over daughter's peanut allergy

LOS ANGELES -- A husband and wife today sued a private Los Angeles school, alleging the Christian Science beliefs of the hierarchy favoring faith healing over medical intervention forced them to withdraw their daughter from classes because of her peanut allergy at considerable expense.

Kelly Van Halen and Baron Rogers filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against the Berkeley Hall School Foundation Inc., alleging breach-of-contract, fraud and intentional infliction of emotional distress. They are asking for unspecified compensatory and punitive damages. More

August 20, 2012

NFL sues insurers over defense of player lawsuits

The National Football League has filed a lawsuit alleging that nearly three dozen commercial general liability insurers refused to defend the organization against at least 143 lawsuits filed by former players.

The underlying lawsuits, filed by former players and their spouses, seek to hold the NFL liable for bodily or personal injuries. More

August 16, 2012

FBI Muslim spying lawsuit against U.S. is tossed by judge

A federal judge Tuesday threw out a lawsuit filed against the U.S. government and the FBI over the agency’s spying on Orange County Muslims, ruling that allowing the suit to go forward would risk divulging sensitive state secrets.

Comparing himself to Odysseus navigating the waters between a six-headed monster and a deadly whirlpool, U.S. District Court Judge Cormac Carney wrote that “the state secrets privilege may unfortunately mean the sacrifice of individual liberties for the sake of national security.”More

August 15, 2012

Lakers' Metta World Peace, woman end dueling lawsuits

LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace and a woman who once worked for him have dropped their lawsuits against each other.

Rebecca Cha filed suit first, bringing her action April 13 in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleging the player formerly known as Ron Artest failed to pay her minimum wage for the hours she worked and for all her hours toiled on his behalf. The suit did not state the nature of her duties for World Peace. More

August 14, 2012

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Files Lawsuit Seeking Removal of Directors and Recovery of Funds for Veterans Charity

RIVERSIDE -- Attorney General Kamala D. Harris yesterday filed a civil lawsuit seeking the removal of officers and directors of Help Hospitalized Veterans, a California charity. The complaint alleges that those running the organization engaged in self-dealing, paid excessive executive compensation and engaged in fraudulent fundraising and other unlawful activities.

The lawsuit also seeks to recover more than $4.3 million in funds improperly diverted from Help Hospitalized Veterans. Those funds were meant to support several programs serving veterans and active-duty military, including providing arts and craft kits to hospitalized veterans. Instead, they were used to enrich the organization’s officers and fundraisers.More

August 13, 2012

Court rejects settlement to shield some L.A. schools from layoffs

A state appeals court Friday nullified a settlement that allowed the Los Angeles Unified School District to shield certain schools from layoffs during budget crises, setting the stage for future legal battles.

The decision by the California 2nd District Court of Appeal voided a settlement in Reed vs. L.A. Unified that allowed the district to bypass 45 schools in times when seniority-based layoffs are necessary. Those campuses, the district argued, would be heavily affected because many of their faculty members have taught for fewer years and thus accrued less seniority.More

August 10, 2012

Los Angeles Superior Court judge dismisses lawsuit against Dole

Dole Food Co. Inc. of Westlake Village said a lawsuit filed against the company by nearly 3,000 Filipinos has been dismissed.

The food company said a Los Angeles Superior Court dismissed with prejudice Macasa v. Dole, which 2,935 Philippine plaintiffs filed in 2011.More

 

August 09, 2012

Jennifer Lopez files $20M extortion suit

LOS ANGELES - What’s Jennifer Lopez’s reputation worth? About $20 million, according to a lawsuit filed Friday by the singer/actress and former “American Idol” judge.

Lopez filed suit against her former driver and head of security, Hakob Manoukian, in Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday, saying that he tried to blackmail her by threatening to reveal damaging information he’d obtained about her during his time of employment with Lopez.More

August 08, 2012

Battle over marijuana dispensaries continues in L.A.

LOS ANGELES -- Five years ago, the Los Angeles City Council thought it had reined in an explosion of pot businesses across this sprawling metropolis with a moratorium against new medical marijuana dispensaries. Hundreds more opened.

Now Los Angeles, with 762 documented dispensaries and scores more thought to be operating under the radar, has approved an outright ban on storefront marijuana providers. The city also enacted a controversial plan for medical marijuana users to grow their own pot.More

August 07, 2012

No Doubt vs Activision goes to trial October 15

The lawsuit between the band No Doubt and Activision, first filed way back in 2009, finally, finally has a court date. After Activision failed to have the suit dismissed in 2010, the suit will go to trial on October 15, reports GameSpot.

The suit alleges that the band's likeness was used in an unauthorized manner in Band Hero (remember music games?). No Doubt takes exception to the fact that players can use its band members' avatars to perform any song in the game, even those that aren't by No Doubt. Singer Gwen Stefani was particularly riled about the fact that her avatar could be used to sing songs with male vocalists, with the suit claiming the band's inclusion was tantamount to a "virtual karaoke circus act."More

August 06, 2012

Sergeant who reported Bell corruption wins whistle-blower settlement

Police Sgt. James Corcoran, who said he was forced into retirement in retaliation for reporting corruption in Bell, wins $400,000 and has been reinstated to the force.

Bell police sergeant who said he was forced into retirement in retaliation for reporting corruption in the city has received $400,000 and been reinstated to the force.More

August 02, 2012

Busted for Pot: California Labor Law Violation?

Monterey, CA: Brad was fired from his job a few months ago because he was caught by the police with a controlled substance—a small amount of marijuana. Brad alleges that his former employer has used this incident in his favor, by refusing to pay Brad his final two weeks of pay, which could be a violation of the California labor law.

“I’m not going to pay you,” were the only words uttered by his former boss when Brad (not his real name) asked for his two weeks pay, and vacation pay. Brad says he is owed $1,200 for 83 hours work plus 72 hours vacation time.More

August 01, 2012

Plaintiffs’ Attorney Discusses $31 Million California Car Accident Verdict

San Bernardino, CA: A jury recently reached a $31.5 Million Verdict in a California car accident lawsuit. “I have faith in the jury system and we believe this amount will provide medical care for David for the rest his life,” says Attorney Greg Bentley, Shernoff Bidart Echeverria Bentley LLP.

David Evans, a 30-year plus prosecutor for Los Angeles county district attorney’s office was one year away from retiring. So was his wife. Bentley says that his client is now tracheostomy dependent and needs a G-tube for feeding. “Right now David is living at a rehabilitation facility but his family’s goal is to get him home with proper care,” says Bentley.More

July 31, 2012

Kevin Costner suing ‘Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves’ producers

Kevin Costner is suing producers of ‘Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves’ for his share of the film’s profits.

The 57-year-old star claimed in a Los Angeles lawsuit that Morgan Creek Productions had not paid him for two years.More

July 30, 2012

Metrolink crash victims want Congress to raise ceiling on damages

Victims and relatives of those killed in the 2008 collision in Chatsworth tell an aide to Sen. Dianne Feinstein that they've been inadequately compensated for injuries and financial losses.

Victims of the 2008 Metrolink crash in Chatsworth told an aide to U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Friday that they were disappointed in Congress' failure to increase a railroad liability cap that left them inadequately compensated for their injuries and financial losses.More

July 27, 2012

Justin Bieber: Paparazzo in chase first to face charges under law

A paparazzo who allegedly pursued teen pop star Justin Bieber in a high-speed chase along the 101 Freeway will face criminal charges, the L.A. city attorney's office announced Wednesday, marking the first case filed under the state's harsher anti-paparazzi law.

Paul Raef, 30, a freelance photographer, was charged with reckless driving, failing to obey the lawful order of a peace officer, two counts of following another vehicle too closely and reckless driving with the intent to capture pictures for commercial gain, City Atty. Carmen Trutanich said in a statement.More

July 26, 2012

Sierra Pacific Industries to Pay $122.5 M Settlement in Environmental Lawsuit

Sacramento, CA: A $122.5 million settlement has been reached in an environmental lawsuit brought against Sierra Pacific Industries by the United States Department of Justice. The lawsuit was filed over a 2007 wildfire that was among the most devastating in California history, according to the Department of Justice.

The fire, known as the Moonlight Fire, effectively destroyed 65,000 acres, 46,000 acres of which were national forests. Further, the fire killed more than 15 million trees on public land, some of which were more than 400 years old. It also destroyed thousands of acres inhabited by sensitive species including the California spotted owl, the Sacramento Bee reports. "The Moonlight Fire was a devastating blow to National Forest land here in California," U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of California Benjamin B. Wagner said in a statement."What was lost was priceless and will not return for over a century.”More

July 25, 2012

LA city council considers ban on marijuana shops

LOS ANGELES -- Medical marijuana advocates and frustrated residents have squared off in front of the Los Angeles City Council about a proposal to ban hundreds of pot storefronts that have sprouted across the city.

Council members could vote Tuesday on the issue, which has plagued them for the past several years. They entered a closed session to get guidance from counsel before considering a decision.More

July 24, 2012

CA Supreme Court upholds class-action lawsuit alleging desecration at Jewish cemetery

The state Supreme Court upheld on Monday a lower-court judge's decision giving class-action status to a lawsuit alleging mass desecration of grave sites at a Jewish cemetery in Mission Hills, clearing the way for families to collectively seek hundreds of millions of dollars in damages.

The lawsuit, filed in September 2009, alleges that cemetery services provider Service Corporation International and its employees purposely desecrated hundreds of Jewish graves and improperly disposed of human remains and bones in mass graves located in areas of Eden Memorial Park.More

July 23, 2012

Suspended charter teacher cites student test scores in his defense

A teacher suspended from a Green Dot-run charter high school in Inglewood says his students' scores, and those of a fired colleague, merit consideration

A teacher at the center of a dispute at a well-known charter school has launched a novel defense to save his job and that of a fired colleague: They're too good to be dismissed based on their students' standardized test scores.More

July 21, 2012

Justin Bieber Chase Lead to Anti-Paparazzi Law Prosecution for Photog?

Justin Bieber's chase on a Los Angeles freeway last week could set the stage for the first-ever prosecution under California's anti-paparazzi law.

Bieber, 18, got a ticket for reckless driving over 80 mph in his shiny Fisker Karma. Paparazzi were in hot pursuit of the pop icon, the witness who called 911 told the Los Angeles Times. That witness just so happens to be a Los Angeles city councilman.More

July 19, 2012

US Bank Lawsuit: 'Slumlord' Illegally Evicted Homeowners, Claims LA City Attorney

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles city attorney's office has renewed its call to blame mortgage lenders for urban blight sparked by the collapsed housing market, saying in a lawsuit that US Bank is a slumlord that illegally evicted homeowners and then neglected the abandoned properties.

The suit filed Monday marks the second time in just over a year that prosecutors have brought such a claim, mirroring a similar complaint against Deutsche Bank.More

July 17, 2012

Suit filed to stop pumping of Mojave groundwater

CADIZ, Calif. -- A Texas-based oil and gas company is suing over plans to pump Mojave Desert groundwater, saying its neighboring industrial salt operations will be affected.

The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/NfLIqy) Tetra Technologies Inc., has filed two lawsuits to stop Cadiz Inc.'s pumping plans, which would provide enough groundwater to supply 100,000 urban Southern California homes.More

July 16, 2012

Exonerated Dodger fan accused of beating Bryan Stow sues LAPD for defamation

LOS ANGELES -- A man who was initially arrested in the beating of a San Francisco Giants fan outside of Dodger Stadium but was later cleared sued the Los Angeles Police Department and Chief Charlie Beck for defamation.

Giovanni Ramirez seeks unspecified damages in the lawsuit filed Wednesday, saying Beck called him the "primary aggressor" with "reckless disregard for the truth." More

July 13, 2012

Hyundai sued over 'false' mileage claims

A class-action lawsuit filed in Sacramento Superior Court contends that Hyundai Motor America misled consumers about the petrol mileage of its 2011 and 2012 Elantra.

The lawsuit is the latest in a run of legal challenges to car manufacturers over fuel-efficiency claims. More

July 12, 2012

Miramonte parents file suit related to children's alleged abuse

Fourteen mothers of Miramonte Elementary students alleged in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that they, too, are victims of a teacher who has been charged with 23 counts of lewd conduct against students.

The suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, is a follow-up to litigation filed in May on behalf of 20 children of these parents. Much like the students, the mothers “have suffered emotional distress, including shock, nervousness, anxiety, worry, humiliation and embarrassment,” according to the complaint.More

July 11, 2012

ACLU files suit against LA County sheriff, DA

LOS ANGELES—A civil rights lawsuit filed Tuesday against Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley and Sheriff Lee Baca alleges the pair concealed evidence that potentially affected verdicts and pleas in thousands of criminal cases over the past decade.

The suit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California on behalf of defense attorney Jeffrey Douglas claims Cooley adopted a policy that had prosecutors withhold certain evidence from suspects that could have helped in their defense. More

July 10, 2012

California Court Confirmed Winget Spadafora & Schwartzberg FINRA Arbitration Award

Defense Verdict, Legal Costs and Expungement Awarded to Former Broker-Dealer, Top Executive & Registered Representative

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--On July 3rd, the law firm of Winget Spadafora & Schwartzberg LLP (WS&S) obtained an order and judgment from the County of Los Angeles Superior Court confirming the unprecedented defense verdict in a FINRA arbitration for a former independent broker-dealer, WFP Securities Corporation, its president, and a former registered representative (RR) involving a $2.5 million portfolio of Regulation D private placements and Public Non-Traded REITs that the public investor purchased between 2004 and 2009. More

July 09, 2012

'Happy Days' actors settle lawsuit with CBS

Details of settlement were not disclosed

A Hollywood showdown over merchandising payments between some cast members of the hit television show "Happy Days" and CBS has ended with a settlement in which the actors will receive an undisclosed amount of money.

The settlement was reached with CBS, which owns the show, and Paramount Pictures, which produced the show when it was on the air and is now part of CBS. There were no details about the amount the actors will receive for merchandise they claimed they were owed under their contracts. More

July 06, 2012

Lawsuit dismissed in tot's fall at Lakers game

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has tossed a wrongful death suit filed by a Garden Grove couple who sued the managers of Staples Center over the death of their 2-year-old son who was fatally injured in a fall from the ledge of a luxury suite.

Judge Susan Bryant-Deason heard arguments Friday on L.A. Arena Co.'s motion for dismissal of the case brought in May 2011 by Garden Grove residents Hoia Mi Nguyen and Henry Tang, parents of Lucas Anthony Tang.More

July 05, 2012

Ron Howard: 'Happy Days' co-stars will 'get what they deserve' in lawsuit against CBS

Ron Howard is confident that the courts will rule in favor of his “Happy Days” co-stars, who are suing CBS over unpaid merchandise royalties.

Howard, who has no stake in the lawsuit, told TMZ.com that he believes his former co-stars will “get what they deserve.”More

July 03, 2012

O.C. union threatens suit over special officers' off-duty gun ban

A union representing 200 Orange County special officers stripped of their authority to carry guns while off duty and make arrests says it plan to sue the Sheriff's Department over the gun issue.

Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens told the security officers -- who patrol John Wayne Airport, secure county buildings and protect the courthouses -- last week that they will no longer have arrest powers, won’t be able to issue misdemeanor citations and cannot carry their weapons off duty without a concealed weapons permit.More

July 02, 2012

City to pay LAPD crash victim's family $6.6 million

Jovanna Lugo was killed when her car was struck by a police vehicle driven by Officer Richard Brubaker as she pulled out of her driveway in Sylmar in April 2010.

The Los Angeles City Council agreed Friday to pay $6.6 million to the family of a woman killed by a speeding police car, the largest amount the city has ever paid to resolve a police traffic collision.More

June 29, 2012

$48 Million Asbestos Settlement Awarded

Los Angeles, CA: Bobbie Izell, who worked in construction in the 1960s and 1970s, and his wife have been awarded $48 million by a California court in settlement of their asbestos mesothelioma lawsuit.

The lawsuit named Union Carbide and a number of other defendants including Riverside Cement and California Portland Cement Company as defendants.More

June 28, 2012

U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson under Investigation for 2 Consecutive Road Mishaps

The U.S. Commerce Secretary is currently under investigation for the two hit-and-run accidents that occurred near his California home last weekend.

According to a statement released by the Commerce Department spokesperson, Jennifer Friedman, the investigation regarding the incidents is ongoing.More

June 27, 2012

Family of Former Entrepreneur Files $10 M Wrongful Death Claim

The family of an entrepreneur who was killed in a tragic car accident was seeking $10 million in their wrongful death lawsuit.

According to the lawsuit filed last April 20 before Hammond’s US District Court, Marla Fry’s family is seeking for $10 million as compensation for her wrongful death.More

June 26, 2012

Amusement Parks Face Personal Injury Lawsuits Linked to Falls

Los Angeles, CA: With the warmer weather comes increased visits to amusement parks, and news about amusement park accidents. Although theme park injuries and roller coaster accidents are rare, they do happen and the results can be devastating. And even though the incidents that hit the news most frequently report high-adrenaline thrill rides, amusement park guests are at risk of injuries from slip-and-fall or other relatively minor incidents.

According to The Orange County Register (6/13/12), in the past five years Disneyland has faced almost 140 personal injury lawsuits and Knott's Berry Farm has faced 50 such suits. The lawsuits run from those who claimed injuries from park employees to those who suffered after falls, to those who were injured by falling debris. The Register notes that most of the lawsuits are settled before they hit court, although confidentiality clauses mean that the terms of the settlements are rarely released. Of lawsuits that go to a jury, the theme parks each lost only one case. More

June 25, 2012

NFL Faces Tobacco-Like Damages Reaching Billions Of Dollars In Concussion Litigation

On August 17, 2011, the first “NFL concussion lawsuit” was filed by seven former football players and their wives. Roughly ten months later, there are a total of eighty-nine lawsuits with over 2,400 former NFL players named as plaintiffs, and a consolidated “Master Complaint” that summarizes all of the players’ claims against the NFL, NFL Properties (the merchandising and licensing arm of the NFL), and Riddell (the NFL helmet manufacturer). The suit can be read at the bottom of this post.

The listed defendants have until August 9, 2012 to file a responsive pleading, which will undoubtedly be in the form of a Motion to Dismiss. With the potential of billions of dollars in damages awarded to the thousands of plaintiffs (think Big-Tobacco-like liability), the NFL will pump a lot of money into trying to put the litigation to bed at an early stage. The following article focuses strictly on the battle between the plaintiffs and the NFL.More

June 22, 2012

Preliminay Paxil Class Action Settlement Reached

Santa Monica, CA: A preliminary settlement has been reached in a Paxil® class action lawsuit, and if approved, will provide money to California residents who were 18 years old or older and who paid for any portion of the price of the prescription antidepressant while living in California from January 14, 1999 through January 1, 2003, and who qualify under the settlement (these people are called "Class Members").

If you're included, you may ask for a payment, or you can exclude yourself from, or object to, the settlement. The Superior Court for the State of California will have a hearing to decide whether to approve the settlement so that payments can be issued.More

June 21, 2012

Church abuse victim faces trial for beating priest

LOS ANGELES — Opening statements were scheduled to begin Wednesday in the trial of a man accused of beating an aging Jesuit priest who he says molested him and his younger brother more than 35 years ago.

William Lynch has said the priest abused him and his brother during a camping trip in Northern California's Santa Cruz Mountains. Now 44, Lynch will get his longtime wish to face the Rev. Jerold Lindner in court for the first time.More

June 20, 2012

Disneyland's Slip-and-fall Claim and other Personal Injury Claims Hit 140

In a paper review, it was found out that Disneyland’s theme park in Anaheim, California had been slapped with approximately 140 lawsuits alleging slip-and-fall accidents and other personal injuries over the past five years.

Additionally, while Disneyland had accumulated some 140 cases to date, Knott’s Berry Farm in nearby Buena Park had been found out to have 50 personal injury lawsuits against it since 2007, according to a report from The Orange County Register.More

June 19, 2012

Is Cost-Cutting Wal-Mart Bad for California Labor Law?

Sacramento, CA: A decision by the world's largest retailer to outsource its supply-chain and logistics to third-party companies, who then are said to hire poorly-paid temporary workers, has succeeded in the overall lowering of wages and benefits for US workers in the state and has turned back the clock on hard-won improvements under California labor law.

That retailer is Wal-Mart Stores Inc. The National Employment Law Project, a labor organization advocating for low-wage workers, released a study critical of Wal-Mart and how it has decimated wages and benefits in the name of cost control. Some of the criticism translates as an affront to California labor code.More

June 18, 2012

Marijuana and the U.S. Attorney

Two events took place in June that suggested a primer on how medical marijuana laws are working in Colorado might be appropriate. The first was an appellate court decision that the state Supreme Court declined to review. The holding was that if an employer has a zero-tolerance drug policy and an employee who uses medical marijuana tests positive and is discharged, the employee is not entitled to unemployment benefits even though the use of medical marijuana is not proscribed by state law.

The second event of note was a newspaper announcement that the Sunday night CBS news program 60 Minutes had interviewed Stan Garnett, Boulder, Colorado's District Attorney, with respect to medical marijuana dispensaries operating in Colorado. Since the interview will not be broadcast until fall, an update might help those who wonder what is happening in the world of medical marijuana in Colorado. Although only applicable to Colorado, readers elsewhere can see how the Obama administration has lived up to promises made during the 2008 campaign.More

June 15, 2012

Council backs new maps

Despite the threat of lawsuits, Los Angeles City Council members on Wednesday gave preliminary approval to new political district boundaries for themselves and took steps to hire a law firm to defend the city.

The council also agreed to new political boundaries for the seven-member board of education for the Los Angeles Unified School District. More

June 14, 2012

Feds Fight California Medical Marijuana Via Commercial Property Seizure Threats

The federal government is seeking to disrupt California's medical marijuana industry by filing lawsuits that seek to seize commercial properties housing marijuana shops.

According to a Reuters report, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is trying to avoid negative publicity and costly court battles by using a civil statute - Title 21, US Code, Section 881(a)(7) - that was created to seize the assets of drug traffickers. Last week, federal prosecutors in Los Angeles filed a pair of asset-forfeiture lawsuits against property owners with marijuana store tenants and sent so-called "warning letters" to dozens of property owners threatening legal action if they continued to lease space to medical marijuana businesses.More

June 13, 2012

Knee Replacement Attorneys in California Prepare for Trial as Johnson & Johnson Lawsuits Progress

The California knee replacement attorneys at Bisnar | Chase Personal Injury Attorneys LLP continue to work with the victims of defective knee replacements as an increasing number of troubled patients call looking for answers. This year has been especially hard on implant patients as a number of defective medical devices have been identified, recalled, and targeted by the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA’s action follows thousands of replacement failure complaints.More

June 12, 2012

Homeless feeding bans: Well-meaning policy or war on the poor?

You can’t just feed the homeless outdoors in Philadelphia anymore; you now need a permit.

In Dallas, you can give away food only with official permission first.

Laws tightening regulations on aid to the homeless are popping up across the country, according to a recent USA Today report: “Atlanta, Phoenix, San Diego, Los Angeles, Miami, Oklahoma City and more than 50 other cities have previously adopted some kind of anti-camping or anti-food-sharing laws, according to the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty.”More

June 11, 2012

Students vs. Status Quo

California lawsuits target teachers’ union work rules.

When politics fails, reformers turn to the courts. California’s Democrat-controlled state legislature has resisted reforms that threaten teacher-union power. Now two class-action lawsuits could undo the state’s longstanding seniority and tenure rules. On Tuesday, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge heard arguments from attorneys representing six families who say the nation’s second-largest school district has ignored the 40-year-old Stull Act, which requires the use of student performance in teacher evaluations. If successful, the lawsuit, filed last November, would require every school district in the Golden State to establish its own method of evaluating teachers—but all would need to use evidence of student learning based on standardized tests, just as 23 other states currently do.

A second lawsuit, filed last month on behalf of eight students from around the state, claims provisions of California’s education code—rigid tenure rules, a seniority-based firing system that ignores teacher quality, and a “due-process” system that makes it all but impossible to remove incompetent or criminal teachers—violate student rights. “As a result of these arbitrary distinctions” in hiring and firing, the complaint reads, “children of substantially equal age, aptitude, motivation, and ability do not have substantially equal access to education. Because education is a fundamental interest under the California Constitution, the statutes that dictate this unequal, arbitrary result violate the equal protection provisions of the California Constitution.” More

June 08, 2012

Lawsuits Tackle Football’s Massive, Hushed-Up Problem - Brain Injuries

Joe Namath once said, “When you win, nothing hurts.” Easy for him to say. Now 68-years-old, the former NY Jets quarterback is one of those few ex-professional football players who, as one writer put it, has “aged gracefully.” Everyone else, though, is pretty worried.

It’s not just problems like those of former Jets wide receiver Wesley Walker, 56-years-old, who now has 14 neck screws for his 13 seasons. The physical injuries aren’t the worst of it anymore – or likely, ever were. As Los Angeles attorney Tom Girardi put it,More

June 07, 2012

Family of girl who overdosed at Coliseum rave to receive $190,000

The family of a 15-year-old girl who overdosed on Ecstasy at a rave concert at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and later died will receive a settlement of $190,000 on behalf of the stadium, the rave promoter and a former Coliseum manager, lawyers said.

Attorneys for both sides said an insurance company for the promoter, Insomniac Inc., paid $175,000 for its liability and the Coliseum’s. An insurer for the Coliseum manager, Todd DeStefano, paid $15,000.More

June 06, 2012

"Brown Seeks Exemption from Environmental Suits Against Train That’s Supposed to Help the Environment (But Won’t)”

Anybody who has ever tried to build anything in California larger than a storage shed knows that part of the development process is getting sued. The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) identifies the lengthy, burdensome protocols that must be followed to determine and mitigate any potential impacts of any proposed development on the state’s environment. The complicated morass of regulations (here it is [pdf] in 397 glorious pages for those who’d like to curl up with it) opens up any development in California to be targeted by anybody looking to stop it. Opponents of a project for whatever reason – environmentalists, NIMBYs, union interests – can look for any step a developer missed along the way, no matter how minor, and file suit to try to block the project. The suits can take months or even longer to resolve.

Given what small developments in California have to deal with, imagine what, say, the construction of a high-speed train line passing through much of the state could potentially face. That would explain why Gov. Jerry Brown wants to exempt his pet boondoggle from potential CEQA-related lawsuits, given the tight deadlines he's under to get the project started. Via the San Jose Mercury News:More

June 05, 2012

Woman Who Couldn’t Be Intimidated by Citigroup Wins $31 Million

Sherry Hunt never expected to be a senior manager at a Wall Street bank. She was a country girl, raised in rural Michigan by a dad who taught her to fish and a mom who showed her how to find wild mushrooms. She listened to Marty Robbins and Buck Owens on the radio and came to believe that God has a bigger plan, that everything happens for a reason.

She got married at 16 and didn’t go to college. After she had her first child at 17, she needed a job. A friend helped her find one in 1975, processing home loans at a small bank in Alaska. Over the next 30 years, Hunt moved up the ladder to mortgage-banking positions in Indiana, Minnesota and Missouri, Bloomberg Markets magazine reports in its July issue. More

June 04, 2012

Poll: Voters Turn Against California Bullet Train

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A new poll finds California voters are experiencing buyers' remorse over a proposed $68 billion bullet train project, as the number of lawsuits against the rail system grows.

Fifty-five percent of voters want to see the high-speed rail bond issue that was approved in 2008 back on the ballot, and 59 percent say they would now vote against it, according to the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times survey (lat.ms/N9tTcm) published Saturday.More

May 31, 2012

Former Claremont Mckenna College figures allegedly orchestrated kickback scheme

David Alan Heslop and Gary Kovall met at Claremont McKenna College's esteemed Rose Institute of State and Local Government, touted for its expertise in survey research, political and demographic trends and fiscal analysis.

Heslop, the founding director of the Rose Institute, and Kovall, a former senior research associate for the school, eventually moved on. More

May 30, 2012

US Bishops sue Obama to win your freedom

Catholic bishops are struggling to preserve the religious freedom of all Americans.

Some unjust laws impose such injustices on individuals and organizations that disobeying the laws may be justified. -USCCB Bulletin

Harkening back to the civil rights era and the struggles of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) announced in an online bulletin that the Catholic Church intends to practice civil disobedience to the unconstitutional Obama Health and Human Services mandate.More

May 29, 2012

Judge Delays Randy Jackson's Lawsuit Against Ex-Wife

Alejandra Jackson received free room and board at the Jackson family compound in Encino as part of a former agreement

A judge today delayed a hearing on a lawsuit by one of Michael Jackson's brothers—who wants a paternity case default judgment obtained by his former wife set aside—pending a determination of whether the dispute is a civil or family law issue.More

May 25, 2012

Bay Area residents sue process servers for failing to deliver lawsuits

In February 2011, a process server working for ABC Legal Services filed a document with the Alameda County Superior Court saying he had personally served Fremont physical education teacher Matthew Walker with a lawsuit over an unpaid $2,340.76 personal loan.

In his proof of service, process server Richard Lowry stated that he had handed the papers to Walker at the Fremont Unified School District offices at 3:37 p.m. Feb. 15. But Walker says that not he never took out a personal loan, and he was six miles away, coaching a basketball game at Thornton Junior High School, when he supposedly was served. A crowd of students and parents could attest to his whereabouts, he said.More

May 24, 2012

Attorney: "Anyone Who Used Sears Dressing Rooms is a Potential Victim"

Lancaster, CA: The case of the Sears Peeping Tom might have anyone who used the Sears North Hollywood location nervous, and rightly so. Alejandro Gamiz allegedly made a Sears secret videotape of customers using the dressing rooms and change rooms, and the recordings were reportedly released online. Now, allegations have been made that Sears knew about the so-called Peeping Tom well before alerting authorities. R. Rex. Parris, founder of the R. Rex Parris Law Firm, says if Sears knew about the Peeping Tom months before it called the authorities, the company could face Sears Peeping Tom lawsuits.

According to Parris, there should be very little difference in the eyes of the law between people who can prove they were victims of the Sears Peeping Tom and those who think they were victims but cannot prove it, because their trust in the store and in privacy has been violated. More

May 23, 2012

Best Buy Facing Potential Cell Phone Protection Plan Consumer Fraud Class Action

San Francisco, CA: A consumer fraud class action has been filed against Best Buy over allegations that the electronics big box store does not keep its promise to give customers who purchase a mobile phone protection plan a new phone if their cell phone breaks. Instead, the company gives customers a refurbished phone.

Debra Wanless, who filed the lawsuit, alleges in the class action lawsuit that she signed up for the Geek Squad Black Tie Protection plan, which promises to furnish a new phone if the old phone is damaged beyond repair, including if the damage is caused by an accident.More

May 22, 2012

8 students file suit against LAUSD, governor alleging state's tenure laws deprive them of quality education

In a sweeping challenge of teacher employment rules, eight students have filed suit claiming that California law violates their right to a quality education by protecting bad teachers from being laid off or fired.

The lawsuit, filed Monday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, seeks to overturn five laws governing teacher tenure, dismissal procedures and seniority-based layoffs - pillars of the teaching profession that have fallen under increasingly sharp criticism but are fiercely protected by unions. More

May 21, 2012

Tetley Tea Faces Consumer Fraud Class Action Lawsuit over Advertising Health Claims

Campbell, CA: Tetley Tea is facing a federal consumer fraud class action lawsuit over allegations it falsely advertises the health benefits of its tea products, specifically that they are an "excellent" or "natural" source of antioxidants.

The lawsuit states, "Tetley utilizes improper antioxidant, nutrient content, and health claims that have been expressly condemned by the FDA in numerous enforcement actions and warning letters" to other companies that made similar antioxidant claims, such as Unilever's Lipton Tea. More

May 17, 2012

John Travolta scandal weaves from lurid to 'Let's revisit that'

In the unfolding scandal involving accusations against John Travolta, last week’s salacious sexual-misconduct allegations had given way Monday to a boatload of I-said-he-said, heck-no-I-never-said, and let-me-clarify-what-you-think-I-said minutiae.

Fabian Zanzi, the cruise-ship crew member who last month accused Travolta of inappropriate sexual behavior on the high seas, has spoken up again — this time in English — repeating allegations that while he was on the job several years ago, the actor asked him for a massage and a chat, then disrobed, gave him a naked hug and offered $12,000 in exchange for sex.More

May 16, 2012

Force-Placed Insurance & Banks

Banks, lenders and loan service providers face force-placed insurance lawsuits alleging their force-placed insurance pushes already financially-burdened home owners into greater financial crisis, putting them at risk of foreclosure. Furthermore, allegations have been made that force-placed home insurance is much more costly than traditional home insurance and could be a conflict of interest for some financial institutions.

According to Bloomberg (05/06/12), banks and mortgage services have agreements with insurance companies to buy policies on behalf of a homeowner whose insurance coverage has lapsed. The bank forwards the premium to the insurer, the insurer pays a commission to the bank and the homeowner is billed for the premium and commissions. Bloomberg notes that premiums on force-placed insurance were in excess of $5.5 billion in 2010.More

May 15, 2012

Community Care Facilities Ordinance: Shameful, Wasteful, Not Good for LA

URBAN PERSPECTIVE - I have been a housing advocate for years. My early professional career was spent in fair housing. In all the housing cases and policies I have seen over the years, the Community Care Facilities Ordinance is one that has me extremely disappointed with the City of Los Angeles for ever considering it.

I won’t go into detail about what it is because much has been written about it and a simple Google of a key word or words will yield its history and current disposition. More

May 14, 2012

U.S. accuses Sheriff Joe Arpaio of pattern of racism and abuse

WASHINGTON -- The Department of Justice sued Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his Phoenix law enforcement department Thursday alleging a pattern of abuse and racism against Latinos, especially immigrants, and asking a federal judge to force the 20-year, often outspoken and brazen sheriff to stop racially profiling Latinos and abusing them in his jails.

"The police are supposed to protect and support our community, not divide them," said Assistant Atty. Gen. Thomas E. Perez, head of the department’s Civil Rights Division. "This is an abuse of power case involving a sheriff and a sheriff’s office that has ignored the Constitution."More

May 11, 2012

D.C. Group Files Suit Against LAPD's Impound Policy

Judicial Watch, a conservative Washington, D.C. group, has filed a suit saying the Los Angeles Police Department's impound policy violates state law.

May 09--A conservative Washington, D.C. group has filed a lawsuit to block the Los Angeles Police Department's new impound policy, arguing it violates state law.More

May 10, 2012

Paxil Heart Defects: Will Mothers Ever Be Sure?

Washington, DC: "Now they're going to think for the rest of their lives that it was her fault because she took Paxil." Adrienne Einarson, semiretired assistant director of Motherisk in Toronto, was commenting on the debate that continues to boil surrounding antidepressants and pregnancy. Some studies have linked Paxil side effects and birth defects in babies. Other studies have been inconclusive. Still others have found no greater risk. Most find the risk to be small.

However, in 2011, a family won a Paxil lawsuit against the manufacturer of the SSRI antidepressant. GlaxoSmithKline was found by a trial jury to be negligent for failing to warn the mother of a child born with a Paxil heart defect—and her physician—regarding the risks associated with Paxil.More

May 09, 2012

Sheriff Lee Baca and His Suits of Many Colors

VOICES - Sheriff Lee Baca is in up to his shiny badge in lawsuits. Here’s a brief overview of the latest five.

? The US Supreme Court justices let stand a decision of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, that refused to shield Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca from being sued for racial gang violence in the jails he supervises. No comments were issued by the US Supreme Court.More

May 07, 2012

Baron and Budd Seeks to Help Women Harmed by YAZ, Yasmin, Beyaz and Ocella

DALLAS -- Baron and Budd, a national law firm dedicated to Protecting What’s Right, is stepping up to help women who have suffered serious health issues from the oral contraceptives YAZ, Yasmin, Beyaz and Ocella. Bayer, the manufacturer behind YAZ, has recently agreed to pay at least $110 million to settle about 500 lawsuits claiming that YAZ/Yasmin caused blood clots. Hundreds of other lawsuits surrounding Bayer’s Yasmin line of oral contraceptives are still pending.

YAZ was aggressively marketed toward young women as a new, hip form of birth control that could also treat premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), moderate acne and other conditions. In 2008, the FDA sent a warning letter to Bayer, informing the company that its advertising campaign overstated the benefits and approved uses of YAZ. In April 2012, the FDA ordered Bayer to put stronger warning labels on its drugs about the increased health risks.More

May 04, 2012

Trial to begin for San Franciso man accused of beating South Bay priest

The San Francisco man accused of beating up an elderly Los Gatos priest he says molested him when he was a child was not a berserk vigilante hellbent on revenge.

Instead, his lawyer asserts, Will Lynch suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and acted out of self-defense during a confrontation with the priest he contends physically tortured him and forced him to have sex with his brother more than three decades ago. More

May 03, 2012

Walmart Fined By Labor Department For Denying Workers Overtime Pay, Agrees To Pay $4.8 Million In Back Wages

How many government organizations does it take to investigate one company? In Walmart's case, at least three.

On Tuesday, the Department of Labor announced that Walmart had agreed to pay $4.83 million in back wages and damages to employees it had illegally denied overtime, following an agency investigation. More than 4,000 workers, all vision center managers or asset protection coordinators, will receive money from the settlement.More

May 02, 2012

Enenstein and Ribakoff Announce $34.5 Million Fraud Verdict against Holland and Knight in Lawsuit Linked to Shailendra Real Estate Fraud

LOS ANGELES, Apr 30, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- HOLLAND AND KNIGHT, one of the country's leading law firms, was found liable for fraud, legal malpractice and breach of fiduciary responsibility by a Los Angeles jury and ordered to pay $34.5 million after being linked to the escalating fraud lawsuits involving Atlanta real estate promoter SHI SHAILENDRA. Case number: BC438701

The jury in California Superior Court in Los Angeles, after hearing seven weeks of testimony, found Holland and Knight independently, and through its responsible partner WHITE REEDER GLASS, had tricked and lulled the plaintiffs into believing that Holland and Knight were representing the plaintiff's interests in investments with Shailendra. More

May 01, 2012

Family Blasts L.A. Sheriff's 'Gangs'

LOS ANGELES (CN) - Los Angeles Sheriff's deputies killed an unarmed man by shooting him 11 times - five times in the back - which is not unusual in a force that condones excessive force against minorities, his family claims in Superior Court.

The complaint from the family of Darrell Logan Jr. does not explicitly link his death to racist officers, but it does cite the neo-Nazi cop gang the Vikings, its offshoot the Regulators, and "other gang-type cliques.More

April 30, 2012

L.A. Unified moves to revoke charter at Valley high school

The district has faulted Birmingham Community Charter High School for allegedly mishandling student expulsions and services to disabled students. School officials say they're aware of no major problems.

Los Angeles school district officials are moving to retake control of Birmingham Community Charter High School, citing numerous alleged problems at the campus that broke away from the system three years ago.More

April 26, 2012

AT&T - A class action lawsuit filed against AT&T

Lake Tahoe, CA: A class action lawsuit filed against AT&T is alleging the wireless carrier “actively and without reservation aided, abetted, and assisted” iPhone thieves by allowing the stolen handsets to be reactivated on its network.

The lawsuit, filed in California, claims that AT&T reaped millions of dollars in porfit by forcing “legitimate customers” to buy new cell phones and cell phone plans “while the criminals who stole the phone are able to simply walk into AT&T stores and ‘re-activate’ the devices, using different, cheap, readily available SIM cards.” The lawsuit claims that AT&T does this without checking with the registered owner of the phone, despite having these details on record.More

April 25, 2012

Caree Harper makes her case against police

McDade family's attorney — who's been a part of several law enforcement suits — says she fights against 'the 10% who don't do their job.'

Attorney Caree Harper is making national headlines, accusing the Pasadena police of wrongdoing in the death of 19-year-old Kendrec McDade. But long before Harper focused on suing police departments and defending the accused, she wore the uniform.More

April 24, 2012

Car Impound Laws In Los Angeles: New Policy Faces Challenge From The Police Union

A controversial new Los Angeles Police Department policy that would allow unlicensed drivers to avoid a month-long car impound faces a challenge from the police officers themselves.

The Los Angeles Protective Police League (LAPPL), an officer union, filed a lawsuit Thursday asking courts to put a stop to the new policy, which could technically release cars just one day (given certain conditions) after an unlicensed driver is stopped. More

April 23, 2012

Buy Here Pay Here chain is probed

Watchdog issues subpoena seeking information on potential loan abuses.

The nation's top consumer watchdog is investigating one of the largest Buy Here Pay Here used car chains, the latest in a rising tide of scrutiny of the little-known industry.

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April 20, 2012

Lawsuit against Apple: Writers wary of action by Dept. of Justice

Michael Connelly and Sherman Alexie are among authors who view the Justice Department's suit against Apple and five publishers as acting against writers' interests.

When the Department of Justice and state officials announced their lawsuits against Apple and five major publishers Wednesday, it sent a ripple of anxiety through the talent at the industry's heart.More

April 19, 2012

Verizon Faces Consumer Fraud Class Action over DSL Speeds

Los Angeles, CA: Verizon is facing a potential consumer fraud class action filed by a California woman alleging the company talked her into buying a faster internet plan even though it didn’t have the technological capability to deliver what it promised. Patricial Allen filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles on behalf of “all persons and entities in California who are located a certain distance” from a Verizon office.” The lawsuit is based on breach of contract and California consumer protection laws.

In the lawsuit, Allen claims that a Verizon sales representative talked her into switching her monthly plan from $24.99 to a $34.99 DSL plan that was supposed to deliver internet at the speed of 1.5 Mb per second.More

April 18, 2012

Commission hears reports of abuse at LA jail

LOS ANGELES—Guards at the downtown Men's Central Jail beat and harassed witnesses, but conditions have improved since video cameras were installed in the lockup that can capture abuses, an investigating commission was told.

A jail monitor testified Monday that she was intimidated by a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy after the beating of an unconscious inmate, and a jail chaplain wept as he testified that deputies called him a rat for reporting another beating, the Los Angeles Times ( http://lat.ms/HTOoV9) reported. More

April 17, 2012

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Announces Settlement with Medco Over Alleged Wrongdoing in Solicitation of CalPERS Contract

SAN FRANCISCO -- Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced that Medco has agreed to pay $2.75 million and change internal procedures to settle claims regarding Medco Health Solution's engagement of Alfred Villalobos to assist it in securing a CalPERS contract in 2005.

Medco paid Villalobos $4 million for what it claimed was "consulting-as-needed" on an audit of the company, but which may have been intended to influence the awarding of a pharmaceutical benefits contract from the pension fund. More

April 16, 2012

Nail Salons Are Still Toxic, Dangerous

Non-toxic nail polishes are actually toxic.

This disturbing conclusion comes from the California Department of Toxic Substance Control, which tested 12 nail products that claim to be free of formaldehyde, toluene and dibutyl phthalate. These chemicals, known as the "toxic three," have been linked to an increased rate of cancer and birth defects.

At least 10 of the products contained toluene, while 5 contained a significant amount of at least one of the chemicals.More

April 13, 2012

Apple, publishers conspired to fix e-book prices, lawsuits say

WASHINGTON -- Former Apple Inc. Chief Executive Steve Jobs and top executives at five major book publishers illegally conspired to raise the prices of e-books, costing consumers tens of millions of dollars, federal and state officials alleged in antitrust lawsuits filed Wednesday.

The collusion began in 2009 and price fixing took effect with the launch of the Apple iPad in early 2010, boosting the average cost of e-books by $2 to $3 each "virtually overnight," said Sharis Pozen, the acting head of the Justice Department's antitrust division.More

April 12, 2012

Film financier sues Miramax owners

LOS ANGELES - Troubled film financier David Bergstein has sued the owners of Miramax, alleging that they denied him money and an equity stake owed for his role in the acquisition of the film label from Walt Disney Co. in 2010.

The suit, filed Monday in L.A. Superior Court by the law firm Weingarten Brown, contends that Bergstein - who has been involved in dozens of lawsuits, many related to his activities in the film business - played a crucial role in the deal to acquire Miramax. It asserts that Santa Monica, Calif., private equity firm Colony Capital, one of Miramax's new owners, and its principal Richard Nanula conspired to deny Bergstein a $6.1-million fee and 3.3 percent stake they agreed to provide him as part of the purchase.More

April 11, 2012

GameStop Settles Fraud Class Action in California

San Francisco, CA: A settlement has been reached in the consumer fraud class action lawsuit against GameStop. The lawsuit alleges the retailer engaged in "deceptive and misleading practices" with its used game sales and paid downloadable content.

Filed two years ago, by James Collins of California, the suit claims GameStop sells used copies of games that require users to purchase downloadable content for features, even though the packaging for those games advertise that content as free.More

April 10, 2012

Couple Sues PetSmart After 4-Month-Old Bulldog Dies of Strangulation During Grooming

A Downey couple filed suit in Norwalk Superior Court today against PetSmart, alleging the retailer's Downey store is responsible for the death of their 4-month-old English Bulldog.

Veronica Mendoza and John Benitez took their pup, Rita, to PetSmart to be groomed less than two months after purchasing her for $1,800 in March 2011. Shortly after Rita was dropped off for primping, PetSmart called the couple, alerting them that the dog "was vomiting blood and that they should pick her up and take her to a veterinarian," according to City News Service.More

April 09, 2012

Weingarten Brown LLP: More Investor Claims Against Gerova Financial Dismissed

Court Relies on Janus Capital to Sharply Narrow Scope of Alleged Securities Violations

Weingarten Brown LLP announced today that Federal District Court Judge Shira A. Scheindlin dismissed two more claims – for violation of the proxy rules under the federal securities laws and for aiding and abetting breaches of fiduciary duties – and narrowed another in the second of three separate investor suits against Bermuda-based Gerova Financial Group, Ltd. The case arises from Gerova's acquisition of the assets of a family of hedge funds managed by Stillwater Capital Partners, LLC.More

April 06, 2012

Dianne Feinstein's Common Sense on Lawsuit Abuse

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein put California’s legislature on notice that if it did nothing to curb abusive lawsuits revolving around the Americans for Disability Act she would sponsor federal legislation. Feinstein put a finger on a problem that demoralizes small businesses.

According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, small businesses (defined as businesses with $10 million or less in annual revenue) pay more than $98-billion in lawsuit related liability costs every year.More

April 05, 2012

California affirmative action ban challenge rejected

A federal appeals court on Monday upheld California's voter-approved ban on state-backed affirmative action programs, denying arguments that it is depriving minority students of a fair shot at admissions to public universities.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the latest challenge to Proposition 209, which was filed on behalf of dozens of black, Latino and Native American students who are trying to overturn a 16-year-old ban on using race and ethnicity as factors in university admissions. The three-judge panel concluded it was bound by a 9th Circuit ruling in 1997 that found Proposition 209's provisions constitutional.More

April 04, 2012

Sacramento jury awards $2.9 million to family of woman killed in UPS truck crash

A Sacramento Superior Court jury awarded nearly $2.9 million Monday to the survivors of an Oregon woman who was killed in an April 10, 2009, traffic collision with a United Parcel Service truck in Redding.

Rosa Margarita Arenas, 52, was driving from her home in Bend, Ore., to visit her children in Los Angeles for Easter when a UPS truck changed lanes on southbound Interstate 5 and caused her fatal collision, according to the lawsuit filed by Sacramento attorney Roger Dreyer.More

April 03, 2012

Lesbian & Gay Immigrant Families File Suit Challenging Federal Defense of Marriage Act

NEW YORK, April 2, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Five Couples Ask Court to Recognize Families for U.S. Immigration Purposes

Five lesbian and gay couples filed suit today in the Eastern District of New York, challenging Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which prevents lesbian and gay American citizens from sponsoring their spouses for green cards. The lawsuit, filed on the couples' behalf by Immigration Equality and the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, alleges that DOMA violates the couples' constitutional right to equal protection. More

April 02, 2012

Local Attorney Files Damage Claims for Homeless

A Santa Monica civil rights attorney files damage claims against the city of Los Angeles over a March street cleanup Venice in which homeless people had their belongings.

A Santa Monica-based civil rights attorney has filed damage claims against Los Angeles for the March 7 cleanup on 3rd Avenue in which city trash collectors hauled off personal belongings.More

March 30, 2012

Vietnam Veterans File Class Action Over Alleged Toxic Testing in the 1960s

Oakland, CA: A Veterans disability class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of several Veterans Affairs associations including Vietnam Veterans of America as well as individual Vietnam veterans, over allegations that several government agencies including the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), The United States Department of Defense, The United States Department of the Army and several individuals including, Leon Panetta, Director of the CIA, and Dr. Robert M. Gates, Secretary of Defense, used the plaintiffs to test potentially toxic chemicals in the 1960s.

First hand accounts are being reported by veterans who served in the United States Armed Forces in 1968-1969, during the Vietnam war, alleging they were used as test subjects as part of a cold war chemical research program. The testing involved administration of potentiall toxic substances, which, the veterans claim, they were not given any information on during or after their time in the services. As a result of the testing, many of the veterans who served between two and four months at the Edgewood Arsenal in Maryland, suffer from chronic, debilitating illnesses. More

March 29, 2012

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Announces Wal-Mart to pay $2.1 Million for Failing to Stop Overcharging Customers

SAN FRANCISCO -- Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced that Wal-Mart has agreed to pay $2.1 million for overcharging consumers in violation of a 2008 judgment against the retail chain.

Today's modified judgment is the result of Wal-Mart's failure to comply with a 2008 judgment that required the retail chain to resolve errors in pricing at checkout stands. More

March 28, 2012

Ex-Partner Sues His Ex Law Firm, Alleges ‘Machiavellian Plot’ to Steal Rival

The former partner in charge of the Los Angeles office of Weitz & Luxenberg has filed suit against the personal injury law firm in California state court, contending that it stole asbestos files potentially worth millions from a rival law firm.

Plaintiff Joseph Maher says he was fired by the New York-based firm after he brought to the attention of firm leaders files he found on Weitz & Luxenberg's computer "that seemed to be a wholesale copy" of the complete asbestos practice files of a competing law firm, Waters & Kraus, reports Reuters. The documents allegedly included confidential trial strategy and settlement documents, medical records and tax records, among other material.More

March 27, 2012

Two Entertainment Icons Felled by Asbestos Mesothelioma

Los Angeles, CA: They are names synonymous with the entertainment industry: Steve McQueen and Warren Zevon. The first, an iconic actor. The second, a revered musician. Both men, sadly, are no longer with us. Mesothelioma claimed them both. And this spring, one will be feted with a posthumous award named in memory of the other.

With the image of a hard-driving tough guy, commanding the screen in Hollywood blockbusters such as The Great Escape and Bullitt, McQueen was rarely seen without a cigarette dangling from his mouth. Thus, is the Hollywood myth that smoking caused the death of Steve McQueen in 1980.More

March 26, 2012

Brookstone Law PC Wins Court Decision Against Mitchell J. Stein

Superior Court Judge Praises Brookstone Law PC and SML LLP, Dismisses 'Baffling and Addled' $1 Billion Lawsuit

A Los Angeles Superior Court Judge has ruled in favor of Brookstone Law PC in a significant court decision against embattled attorney Mitchel J. Stein by dismissing Stein's 1$ billion lawsuit and ordering Stein to pay all legal court fees.More

March 23, 2012

Judge Won't Dismiss Homeless Suit Against VA

The American Civil Liberties Union says the homeless seeking permanent shelter at the West Los Angeles campus will have their day in court.

Homeless and disabled veterans who want permanent housing at the Veterans Affairs West Los Angeles medical campus will have their day in court, the American Civil Liberties Union said Friday.More

March 22, 2012

Jury awards $3.2 million in LAPD wrongful-death case

Mauricio Cornejo, a wanted parolee, was pronounced dead in a holding cell in 2007 after an altercation with officers who arrested him in Boyle Heights.

In a case that heightened long-simmering tensions between Los Angeles police and residents of one of the city's most troubled housing projects, a federal jury has awarded $3.2 million to the survivors of a Ramona Gardens man who died after an altercation with officers.More

March 21, 2012

Vietnam Veterans File Class Action Over Alleged Toxic Testing in the 1960s

Oakland, CA: A Veterans disability class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of several Veterans Affairs associations including Vietnam Veterans of America as well as individual Vietnam veterans, over allegations that several government agencies including the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), The United States Department of Defense, The United States Department of the Army and several individuals including, Leon Panetta, Director of the CIA, and Dr. Robert M. Gates, Secretary of Defense, used the plaintiffs to test potentially toxic chemicals in the 1960s.

First hand accounts are being reported by veterans who served in the United States Armed Forces in 1968-1969, during the Vietnam war, alleging they were used as test subjects as part of a cold war chemical research program. The testing involved administration of potentiall toxic substances, which, the veterans claim, they were not given any information on during or after their time in the services. As a result of the testing, many of the veterans who served between two and four months at the Edgewood Arsenal in Maryland, suffer from chronic, debilitating illnesses.More

March 20, 2012

Medtronic Infuse Bone Graft Refused to Fuse

San Diego, CA: Steve had a Medtronic Infuse bone graft implanted two years ago. The first two bone grafts he had previously with human bone were successful, but the Medtronic bone graft has been a total failure. "If I have to go through another, riskier surgery, I'll be getting a lawyer," he says.

San Diego, CA: Steve had a Medtronic Infuse bone graft implanted two years ago. The first two bone grafts he had previously with human bone were successful, but the Medtronic bone graft has been a total failure. "If I have to go through another, riskier surgery, I'll be getting a lawyer," he says.

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March 19, 2012

Civil lawsuit filed against Christian Brothers High, former coach

A civil lawsuit has been filed in Sacramento County Superior Court against a former Christian Brothers High School volleyball coach, the school and the Christian Brothers religious order, which operates the school.

The suit stems from allegations that Minh Anh Nguyen, a volleyball coach and history teacher at Christian Brothers, sexually assaulted a 17-year-old female student in December 2009 while the team was attending a volleyball tournament in Orange County. The suit, filed Wednesday, alleges that the Catholic Church and school officials could and should have prevented the incident.More

March 16, 2012

LAPD adopts new rules on probing officer-involved crashes

Any time an officer gets into a traffic accident in which someone is killed or hurt badly enough to be hospitalized, a police team trained in crash reconstruction will go to the scene immediately.

Acknowledging major problems with the quality of its investigations into serious traffic collisions involving officers, the Los Angeles Police Department on Tuesday announced new rules intended to improve the thoroughness and credibility of the inquiries.More

March 14, 2012

Kinde Durkee sued by congresswomen, state senator

Lawsuits were filed Wednesday by three members of congress and a state senator alleging that campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee stole more than $1 million from political accounts and that the bank they used aided and abetted the scheme.

Following the lead of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who had previously sued, new civil complaints were filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court by state Sen. Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) and Democratic Reps. Susan A. Davis of San Diego, Linda T. Sanchez of Lakewood and Loretta Sanchez of Garden Grove. An attorney for the four estimated their combined loss was about $1.4 million.More

March 13, 2012

Resort firm faces 2nd lawsuit over ski accidents

Two skiers injured in separate collisions with snowboarders have filed lawsuits against a Lake Tahoe resort claiming it was part of a pattern of accidents caused by seasonal employees from abroad with little training and no insurance.

The latest lawsuit filed last week in U.S. District Court seeks $75,000 in damages from Denver-based Vail Resorts Inc. and claims the company is liable for a Feb. 22 accident at its Heavenly Mountain Resort at South Lake Tahoe, Calif.More

March 10, 2012

Bankruptcy judge urges settlement in Bryan Stow-Dodgers lawsuit

A bankruptcy judge is urging attorneys for Bryan Stow and the L.A. Dodgers to settle their legal dispute over a beating in the stadium parking lot that left the San Francisco Giants fan critically injured.

Stow's attorneys filed a civil suit against the Dodgers in Los Angeles Superior Court and a subsequent claim against the team in Bankruptcy Court. They have said Stow will need lifelong medical care and cited $50 million as a "conservative total estimate" of his damages stemming from the beating last year on the Dodgers' opening day.More

March 09, 2012

California Supreme Court upholds sex abuse suits against school districts

Ruling in a Santa Clarita case, it says students may sue districts for alleged sexual abuse by school employees if administrators ignore warning signs or fail to monitor the workers.

Students who are sexually abused by school employees may sue public districts if their administrators ignored warning signs or failed to monitor the employees, the California Supreme Court unanimously ruled Thursday.More

March 08, 2012

State sues three L.A. car washes for alleged wage violations

State labor regulators have sued three Los Angeles-area car washes for alleged minimum wage and overtime pay violations.

The California Labor Commissioner's office said Tuesday it took enforcement actions against the Rosecrans King Car Wash, the Wilshire Car Wash and Vermont Auto Spa.More

March 06, 2012

Student files civil rights suit against UC Davis chancellor and the police

The UC Davis chancellor and police are being sued over the Nov. 18, 2011, UC Davis pepper spraying incident. A civil rights lawsuit over campus police pepper spraying students was filed yesterday. Students say excessive force was used to disperse the peaceful assembly. Read the Feb. 23, 2012 Sacramento Bee article by Denny Walsh and Hudson Sangree, "Chancellor, police sued over pepper spray." See the site, Civil rights lawsuit over pepper-spraying filed - Sacramento Bee.

The 19 students and former students claim excessive force was used. The plaintiff is a 22-year old mechanical engineering major who was among those sprayed who suffered temporary blinding, burned skin, disorientation, vomiting, and inhaling the spray, which was extremely painful to him. Video of the pepper spraying is on YouTube.More

March 05, 2012

Kinde Durkee sued by congresswomen, state senator

Lawsuits were filed Wednesday by three members of congress and a state senator alleging that campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee stole more than $1 million from political accounts and that the bank they used aided and abetted the scheme.

Following the lead of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who had previously sued, new civil complaints were filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court by state Sen. Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) and Democratic Reps. Susan A. Davis of San Diego, Linda T. Sanchez of Lakewood and Loretta Sanchez of Garden Grove. An attorney for the four estimated their combined loss was about $1.4 million.

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March 02, 2012

California Nanny Files Car Accident Lawsuit Against Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan, a frequent contributor to news headlines across the country, made more news a few years ago for allegedly striking a nanny pushing a stroller across a Los Angeles road .Today, that incident may be coming back to haunt her.

The nanny in question, Nubia Del Carmen Preza, has filed a car accident lawsuit against Lohan, asking for an unspecified amount of damages for her injuries, according to a recent report from MTV.com.More

March 01, 2012

California Overtime Lawsuit Victory for Restaurant Employees

San Francisco, CA: While the owners of two Asian restaurants dished out generous portions of noodles and pho, they were stingy when it came to paying their employees California overtime. But those employees at Pho Clement and Pho Clement 2 restaurants stood up for their rights and won an overtime California lawsuit.

The eight employees, all immigrant workers, were recently awarded more than $316,000 to settle an overtime lawsuit, which was brought by California Labor Commissioner Julie A. Su. The settlement was reached also with the help of The Asian Law Caucus, Chinese Progressive Association and the Progressive Workers Alliance.More

February 29, 2012

Activate Slapped with Class-Action Lawsuit

And the hits just keep on coming.

A class-action lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Feb. 24 accuses Rising Beverage Co. – the owner of Activate — of dishonest and misleading statements in its advertising about the freshness of Activate’s key innovation, its “in-the-cap” reservoir of dry vitamins versus those pre-mixed in other beverages.

The new lawsuit follows news of a rash of California-based consumer claims filed in California. Less than a week ago, BevNET reported on new class-action lawsuits brought against Zico and Xing Tea, and others have been filed against brands like Muscle Milk. And that’s just in the beverage world: a host of similar civil suits are alleging breaches of several California consumer protection laws related to false advertising and unfair competition.More

February 28, 2012

Judge dismisses bunker murder civil suit

LOS ANGELES • A federal judge threw out a civil suit filed against the government by the parents of two teens killed at an abandoned military bunker near Helendale in 2008.

The personal injury lawsuit against the Air Force and Bureau of Land Management alleged that the agencies failed to secure the property, claiming negligence, premises liability and public nuisance.More

February 24, 2012

Bryan Stow attorneys: Let state court decide our claims

The Dodgers should not be allowed to use the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to minimize their liability to Bryan Stow, attorneys for the injured San Francisco Giants fan argued Wednesday.

The Dodgers have asked the Bankruptcy Court to throw out Stow's claim, arguing they should not be held liable for an attack they could not have predicted. On Wednesday, Stow's attorneys asked the Bankruptcy Court to yield to Los Angeles Superior Court, where they filed a civil suit last May against team owner Frank McCourt, the Dodgers and related entities.More

February 23, 2012

AEG dropped from negligence lawsuit filed by Michael Jackson's father

LOS ANGELES - The promoters of what was to be Michael Jackson's 2009 comeback tour won a round in court today when a judge granted a motion to dismiss the company from a lawsuit filed by the singer's father.

"This was a major victory," AEG Live attorney Marvin Putnam said of Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos' ruling. More

February 22, 2012

Miramonte teacher accused of lewd conduct goes to court

Mark Berndt, the Miramonte Elementary School teacher accused of lewd acts against children in his classroom, is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.

Prosecutors have charged Berndt with 23 counts of lewd acts against students.More

February 21, 2012

Flood of civil cases hampers Miramonte investigation

Detectives pursue inquiry into teacher Mark Berndt against a rising number of alleged victims, far beyond the 23 cited in criminal charges, making witnesses' credibility an issue.

For much of the last year, sheriff's detectives delicately and quietly investigated the case of Miramonte Elementary School teacher Mark Berndt after discovering photographs of students gagged and blindfolded, some allegedly tasting his semen from a spoon.More

February 20, 2012

Boy Scouts sued in sexual abuse case

A Santa Barbara County boy was sexually abused by his Scout leader in 2007. A judge overseeing the lawsuit brought by the boy's family has ordered the Boy Scouts to hand over confidential files detailing allegations of sexual abuse by Scout leaders around the nation.

The mother of a Santa Barbara County teenager says he was wronged twice — once by the 450-pound Boy Scout leader who sexually abused him in 2007, and then by a local Scouts executive who she says told her not to call police.More

February 17, 2012

ReadyLift Suspension, Inc. Files Suit Against TAP Worldwide, LLC.

ReadyLift Suspension, Inc., the nation's premier manufacturer of truck and SUV suspension leveling and lift kits, has filed suit against TAP Worldwide, LLC.

The complaint details TAP's expansive and unlawful practice of false advertising and theft of ReadyLift Suspension's intellectual property. Filed in the Central District of California, the complaint brings claims for unfair competition under section 43(A) of The Lanham Act, for Patent Infringement, and for violation of the California Unfair Competition Law. ReadyLift Suspension seeks injunctive relief as well as damages. The matter has been assigned Civil Action Number 12-01249. More

February 16, 2012

Settlement doesn't end all mortgage-related problems for banks

The agreement with 49 states gives five large banks immunity from complaints about some aspects of their home-seizure practices, but prosecutors and regulators are focusing on other parts of the mortgage crisis.

Reporting from New York and Los Angeles— A nationwide settlement on foreclosure practices has ended one headache for the banks involved, but there are signs that it is only the beginning of many others.More

February 15, 2012

Clinics halt Lap-Band surgeries

Two clinics tied to 1-800-GET-THIN have temporarily halted Lap-Band weight-loss surgeries after the device's maker said it would no longer sell to companies affiliated with the massive advertising campaign.

The two brothers identified in lawsuits as owners of the surgery centers also hired a top Los Angeles defense attorney to represent them in a flood of pending lawsuits. They retained John Hueston, a white-collar defense lawyer now at Irell & Manella who helped lead the Justice Department's criminal prosecution of Enron Corp. executives Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling.More

February 14, 2012

Child molestation probe into Hamilton High music teacher reopened

Los Angeles police have reopened a child molestation investigation into former Hamilton High School music teacher Vance Miller, law enforcement sources told The Times.

Miller and his employer, the Los Angeles Unified School District, are the subject of civil lawsuits by two former students, the second of which was filed Tuesday.More

February 13, 2012

JPMorgan, Smith & Nephew, Dresdner, GE Capital, Fidelity in Court News

JPMorgan Chase & Co., the biggest U.S. bank by assets, reached a preliminary agreement to pay $110 million to settle litigation saying it gouged customers on overdraft fees for checking accounts, court records show.

The settlement would resolve claims by customers including Andrea Luquetta of Los Angeles, who sued over fees charged to debit cards attached to her checking account. U.S. District Judge James Lawrence King in Miami must approve any settlement. King had earlier rejected arguments by various banks that customers were legally bound to arbitrate the dispute. More

February 10, 2012

Palmdale settles suit alleging Section 8 housing discrimination

After a federal judge denies attempts by Palmdale and Lancaster to dismiss the civil rights lawsuit, Palmdale agrees to settle. The suit against Lancaster will continue.

The city of Palmdale has agreed to settle a civil rights lawsuit accusing it of harassing and evicting nonwhite recipients of federal housing subsidies, officials announced Thursday.More

February 09, 2012

L.A. sues Northern Trust over pension fund losses

The suit also targets Pension Consulting Alliance Inc., which the Los Angeles City Employees' Retirement System used as its investment consultant. The suit contends the bank and consultant engaged in unlawful business practices.

Los Angeles officials alleged in a lawsuit this week that they were misled by a longtime investment bank trying to protect its own financial interests, resulting in more than $95 million in losses to a city employee pension fund.More

February 08, 2012

LONG BEACH AIRPORT OPERATORS FEAR FALLOUT FROM AVIATION FUEL SUIT

Aviation Official Says State Case Over Avgas Ban Would Devastate Industry

Legal action initiated in state court last year, aimed at prodding the end of leaded aviation fuel by aircraft users due to the potential health risks to residents near airports, may devastate aviation business in California, and eventually the country, according aviation business advocates.More

February 07, 2012

Honda loses Small Claims Court suit over Civic hybrid fuel economy

A Los Angeles County court commissioner rules that the automaker negligently misled Civic owner Heather Peters when it claimed the hybrid could achieve as much as 50 miles per gallon.

The owner of a Honda Civic hybrid won an unusual Small Claims Court lawsuit Wednesday against the auto giant that some legal experts believe could change strategies for both Small Claims Court and class-action litigation.More

February 06, 2012

Suits could force L.A. to spend huge sums on sidewalk repair

The civil rights actions claim that broken sidewalks and missing curb ramps violate the Americans With Disabilities Act. The city could be on the hook for hundreds of millions of dollars

Los Angeles may be the land of the freeway, but it is notorious for its bad sidewalks — buckled, cracked and sometimes impassable. By the city's own estimate, 42% of its 10,750 miles of pedestrian paths are in disrepair.More

February 03, 2012

CHP settles over leaked photos of woman killed in crash

The family of Nicole Catsouras receives about $2.37 million after photos of their daughter, who was killed in a crash in 2006, appeared on the Internet.

Five years after grisly photographs of an Orange County teen killed in a car accident began appearing online, the young woman's family has settled a lawsuit filed against the California Highway Patrol for its role in disseminating the graphic images taken at the scene.More

February 02, 2012

Former Agoura Hills worker sues the city

Agoura Hills' former park and landscape superintendent is suing the city, alleging wrongful termination and retaliation for complaining about working on a landscaping job at the city manager's home.

Frank Gonzalez is seeking an unspecified amount of damages and attorney's fees in a civil suit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court.More

February 01, 2012

Contraceptive mandate could face tough sledding in Supreme Court

The healthcare law's mandate to require religious-affiliated employers to pay for contraception for their workers has prompted two lawsuits. If the matter gets to the Supreme Court, it will go before justices who recently affirmed — in a 9-0 ruling — that the 1st Amendment gives special leeway to religious employers.

The Supreme Court and the Obama administration, already headed for a face-off in March over the constitutionality of the healthcare law, appear to be on another collision course over whether church-run schools, universities, hospitals and charities must provide free contraceptives to their students and employees.More

January 31, 2012

Forever 21 employees file class-action lawsuit

Cheap-chic retailer Forever 21 is being sued in a class-action lawsuit by employees who claim that the company routinely neglected to pay for time worked.

In filings in San Francisco Superior Court, five employees allege that the Los Angeles clothing maker often made them work through meal breaks and kept them in the stores after clocking out to check their bags for stolen merchandise, the Huffington Post reported.More

January 30, 2012

Steve Jobs told Google to stop poaching workers

(Reuters) - Apple's Steve Jobs directly asked former Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt to stop trying to recruit an Apple engineer, a transgression that threatened one junior Google employee's job, according to a court filing.

The 2007 email from Jobs to Schmidt was disclosed on Friday in the course of civil litigation against Apple Inc, Google Inc and five other technology companies. The proposed class action, brought by five software engineers, accuses the companies of conspiring to keep employee compensation low by eliminating competition for skilled labor.More

January 27, 2012

Lohan sued by pedestrian allegedly struck by star

Lindsay Lohan's bad luck with cars continues after a woman who claims she was struck by the actress' sports car sued over her injuries Wednesday. Nubia Del Carmen Preza claims she was struck by Lohan's Maserati while walking through a West Hollywood intersection in September 2010.

Preza's lawsuit states she has suffered "disabling and serious personal injuries, pain, suffering and anguish" and that she is seeking damages for all her medical expenses and lost time at work. A call to her attorney, Gregory Picco, seeking additional details was not immediately returned.More

January 26, 2012

LAPD tries new policies to cut costly, dangerous traffic crashes

LAPD officers are involved in an average of one traffic crash a day — they cost taxpayers millions of dollars a year and in some cases result in serious injury or death to other drivers.

At any given moment in Los Angeles, scores of police cars are out on the streets — either rushing to calls for help or prowling around in search of trouble.More

January 25, 2012

Pinkberry Founder Charged with Assault

LOS ANGELES – One of the founders of the Pinkberry yogurt stores is scheduled to be arraigned Feb. 6 for allegedly beating a transient with a tire iron, breaking his arm and causing several lacerations to his head, the District Attorney’s office announced.

Young Lee, 47 (dob 9-6-64), was arrested Monday on a felony complaint for arrest warrant filed Dec. 28, 2011 by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office. Lee was released on $60,000 bail.More

January 24, 2012

Tropicana Faces Potential Fraud Lawsuit over All Natural OJ

San Francisco, CA: A federal consumer fraud class action lawsuit has been filed against the manufacture of Tropicana orange juice alleging that the claims that the beverage is "100% pure and natural" is not the case.

The lawsuit, filed by California resident Angelena Lewis, claims that "While Tropicana claims that 'making Tropicana orange juice is truly an art,' it is far more a science." And, "The resulting product does not taste like fresh squeezed orange juice." More

January 23, 2012

ACLU Lawsuit Charges Los Angeles County Sheriff with Condoning Pattern of Deputy-on-Inmate Violence

Complaint Alleges High-Level Staff Knew Gangs of Deputies Beat Inmates and Condoned Cover-Ups

LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca and his top commanders condoned a long-standing, widespread pattern of violence by deputies against inmates in the county jails, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Southern California (ACLU/SC) charge in a federal class-action lawsuit filed today.More

January 20, 2011

USC and Stafon Johnson settle lawsuit

LOS ANGELES -- Former USC running back Stafon Johnson's lawsuit against the school and a former employee alleging negligence in the weight room has been settled, USC announced Wednesday.More

January 19, 2011

Plaintiffs allege 'gruesome conditions' at Lap-Band clinics

Two women who formerly worked at surgery centers associated with the 1-800-Lap-Band ad campaign also allege that executives covered up mistakes that contributed to a patient's death.

Workers at weight-loss surgery centers affiliated with the 1-800-GET-THIN ad campaign persuaded patients to have medically unnecessary surgeries and billed insurance companies for procedures that were never performed, a new lawsuit alleges.More

January 17, 2011

Civil rights attorney calls on LA County authorities to investigate officer misconduct

An attorney representing four Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies in a discrimination lawsuit is asking authorities to investigate new allegations that have surfaced during the proceedings. A news conference was held this morning in Beverly Hills.More

January 16, 2012

Deputy's lawsuit against county in Mel Gibson case to proceed

A lawsuit filed against the county by the deputy who arrested Mel Gibson for drunken driving and endured an anti-Semitic rant by the actor can go to trial, but not on a claim of retaliation, a judge ruled today.More

January 13, 2012

Negligence led to USC weightlifting injury, court papers claim

An expert consultant hired by attorneys for former USC running back Stafon Johnson says in new court papers that mistakes by one of the athlete's coaches contributed to the young man's on-campus weightlifting mishap.More

January 10, 2012

Children's Chairs and Stools Recalled by Elegant Gifts Mart Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.More

January 9, 2011

CA Consumer Protection Lawyer: Actress Sues IMDb for $1M Over Age Exposure

Los Angeles, CA (CA Consumer Protection Lawyer News) — Age is everything when it comes to Hollywood, which is why an actress has sued the IMDb for $1 million, after her age was revealed on its online database. The lawsuit, which was filed last month under the name "Jane Doe," has now ignited a debate about ageism and privacy in Hollywood, reports California consumer protection lawyer Eric Grover of Keller Grover LLP.More

January 6, 2012

IKEA Recalls to Repair High Chairs Due to Fall Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.More

January 5, 2011

Woman sues Honda in unlikely place: small claims

TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — A Los Angeles woman who expected her hybrid Honda Civic to be a high-mileage machine wants the automaker to pay for not delivering the 50 mpg it promised. But rather than being one of thousands in a class-action lawsuit, she took her case Tuesday to small claims court.

Experts said Heather Peters has a better chance of winning her case in a court with more relaxed standards and could get a payout many times higher than the few hundred dollars offered to class-action plaintiffs.More

January 3, 2011

'Beverly Hillbillies' actress Donna Douglas wins lawsuit against Mattel over Barbie doll

he Beverly Hillbillies actress Donna Douglas won a lawsuit against Mattel and CBS Consumer Products over a Barbie doll that used her likeness. She claimed that the companies used her likeness and photograph without her permission to make and promote the doll.More

January 2, 2012

Blue Shield to pay $2M to settle lawsuit with LA

Blue Shield of California says it has agreed to pay $2 million to settle a lawsuit with the city of Los Angeles that alleged the provider wrongly dropped policyholders after they became ill and other unfair business practices.

The insurer's spokesman Steve Shivinsky said Wednesday that they settled the suit brought in 2008 to avoid the ongoing costs of litigation. Blue Shield did not accept blame in the settlement.More

December 30, 2011

Madeline Bed Canopy Recalled by Pottery Barn Kids Due to Impact Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.More

December 29, 2011

$17.8M awarded in Marine jet crash lawsuit

SAN DIEGO, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- A federal judge ordered the U.S. Marine Corps to pay $17.8 million for the 2008 crash of a fighter jet into a San Diego home that killed four people.

U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Miller made the award after considering three days of testimony from members of the victims' family and evidence submitted by attorneys for the federal government, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday.More

December 27, 2011

E-Z-GO Recalls Golf Cars, Shuttles and Off-Road Utility Vehicles Due to Crash Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: TXT golf cars, Cushman shuttle vehicles and Bad Boy off-road utility vehiclesMore

December 27, 2011

Strip of beach front could face liquidation sale in a long-running bankruptcy case

GALVESTON — A strip of beach in front of Galveston's seawall, which generated controversy and litigation for years, might be headed for a liquidation sale to satisfy creditors in a long-running bankruptcy case.

Sonya Porretto, who with her mother, Rosemarie Porretto, owns the land between Sixth and 27th streets, in 2009 filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy, which protects debtors from creditors as they attempt to reorganize their finances.More

December 23, 2011

Man's lawsuit claims deputies beat him for no reason

A Lancaster man has filed a lawsuit against Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies alleging he was repeatedly punched and falsely arrested outside Antelope Valley Hospital eight months ago.

Marco Chiclana alleges that he arrived at the hospital on April 2 after being told that his father, who was recovering from open heart surgery, was demanding to leave against his doctor's wishes. In an effort to pursuade his father to stay, hospital security advised Chiclana and his family to call 911, according to the lawsuit.

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December 22, 2011

FAA Issues Final Rule on Pilot Fatigue

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Acting Administrator Michael Huerta today announced a sweeping final rule that overhauls commercial passenger airline pilot scheduling to ensure pilots have a longer opportunity for rest before they enter the cockpit.

"This is a major safety achievement," said Secretary LaHood. "We made a promise to the traveling public that we would do everything possible to make sure pilots are rested when they get in the cockpit. This new rule raises the safety bar to prevent fatigue."More

December 21, 2011

Toasters Recalled by Hamilton Beach Due to Fire Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Hamilton Beach(r) classic chrome 2-slice toastersMore

December 20, 2011

American Apparel settles employee disability discrimination lawsuit

American Apparel will pay $60,000 and provide better training to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit brought by a garment worker who was fired by the Los Angeles-based company after returning from medical leave for cancer treatment, employment regulators said Monday.More

December 16, 2011

Tenants File Lawsuit Against Owners of Downtown Hotel

Attorneys at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and Steptoe & Johnson, LLP yesterday announced that they have filed a lawsuit against the owners of a downtown hotel on behalf of displaced tenants and the Los Angeles Community Action Network.

The attorneys claim the owners of the Huntington Hotel—Rodney Goldberg and Richard Stromberg—evicted a majority of the existing low-income tenants after they bought the building in September 2010. The long-troubled building at 752 S. Main St. has been the subject of similar litigation under prior ownership.More

December 15, 2011

Indian newlyweds' parents sue over US crash

LOS ANGELES — The parents of a young Indian newlywed couple who died in a tourist helicopter crash near Las Vegas last week are suing the chopper company involved for negligence, lawyers said Wednesday.

The deaths of Lovish Bhanot, 28, and his new wife Anupama Bhola, 26, was "every family's worst nightmare," said attorney Gary Robb after filing papers in Clark County District Court in Nevada.More

December 14, 2011

Shield Healthcare Pays $5 Million to Resolve 'Whistleblower' Lawsuit Alleging It Overbilled Medi-Cal Program for Incontinence Supplies

Santa Ana, California – Shield Healthcare, a medical supply provider based in Santa Clarita, has paid the United States and the State of California a total of $5 million to resolve a "whistleblower" lawsuit alleging that the company submitted inflated bills to California's Medicaid program, Medi-Cal.More

December 13, 2011

Children's Pajamas Recalled by Bella Bliss Due to Violation of Federal Flammability Standard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.More

December 9, 2011

FLORES v. COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES

Appellant filed a government claim for the alleged wrongful death of her 35-year-old daughter, Maria G. Flores (Maria), based on the purported negligence of emergency room physicians on September 19 and 20, 2005. After her claim was denied, appellant sued the County and later amended her complaint to add the allegation that from 1986 onward, other County physicians failed to give Maria a vaccination that would have prevented her death from the infection that ultimately caused it. We agree with the trial court that appellant's new allegations were not fairly reflected in her government claim, and affirm summary judgment.

FLORES v. COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES
MARIA FLORES, Plaintiff and Appellant,
v.
COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, Defendant and Respondent.
No. B224903.
Court of Appeals of California, Second District, Division Two.

Filed December 6, 2011.

Law Office of Steven W. O'Reilly and Steven W. O'Reilly for Plaintiff and Appellant.
Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland, Martin Stein, Carolyn Oill, Lillie Hsu; Monroy, Averbuck & Gysler, Jon F. Monroy and Jennifer E. Gysler for Defendant and Respondent.More

December 7, 2011

Parents of Teen Sergio Romero, Killed on Milpas Street, File Civil Suit Against Driver

The family's complaint alleges property damage, personal injury, wrongful death and negligence in the Oct. 7 fatal crash

The family of the Santa Barbara teen who was struck and killed while crossing Milpas Street in October has filed a civil lawsuit against the truck driver.More

December 6, 2011

Botox maker Allergan sued by Las Vegas surgeon

A Las Vegas plastic surgeon has sued Allergan Inc., accusing the Irvine pharmaceutical company of selling its popular wrinkle treatment Botox in large vials and encouraging physicians to unsafely reuse them.

Dr. Julio L. Garcia contends that Allergan sold Botox exclusively in 100-unit vials for several years, even though a typical treatment required just 20 units. The lawsuit, filed Monday in federal court in Los Angeles, said Allergan sales reps encouraged physicians to use the vials on multiple patients, a practice now condemned by health officials.More

December 5, 2011

Sexual Abuse Lawsuits Filed by Corsiglia McMahon & Allard against Child Development Inc. & Trace CDC

Two separate lawsuits allege that the negligent hiring and supervision of accused child molester Keith Woodhouse by San Jose-based Child Development, Inc. and Trace CDC resulted in the sexual molestation of as many as ten young girls under the age of 14.More

December 2, 2011

Rocketfish Battery Case for iPhone 3G/3GS Recalled by Best Buy Due to Fire Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.More

December 1, 2011

Man says Playboy mansion favors women, files class action lawsuit

Is the Playboy Mansion unfair to men? That's the assertion in a class action lawsuit filed against the Playboy facility in the Holmby Hills area of Los Angeles, according to news reports.

Steve Frye is unhappy because at the annual Leather Meets Lace function, he says women were not required to pay the $1,000 price of admission.More

November 28, 2011

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing a civil penalty of $180,000 against Evergreen International Airlines

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing a civil penalty of $180,000 against Evergreen International Airlines, Inc, of McMinnville, Ore., for allegedly operating aircraft on seven flights in 2009 when the pilots on those flights had not been trained in accordance with the airline's approved training program. More

November 25, 2011

Motion Sensing Wall Switches Recalled by HeathCo due to Electrical Shock Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Heath®/Zenith and WirelessCommand® motion sensing wall switchesMore

November 24, 2011

C.A. Revives Suit Against Deputy Who Shot Fleeing Car Thief

The parents of a 25-year old man killed by a Los Angeles sheriff's deputy as he and his girlfriend were attempting to flee in a stolen truck can pursue a wrongful death claim against the county, the Court of Appeal for this district said yesterday, even though the girlfriend was later convicted of assaulting the officer who fired the fatal shot.More

November 23, 2011

Eva Longoria's restaurant sued by diner

The 'Desperate Housewives' star - who owns a stake of Los Angeles eatery Beso - is to be subjected to a lawsuit after a diner allegedly slipped on the floor and injured herself while celebrating her birthday.

According to legal documents filed in the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Luiza Boyadjian claims when she got up from her chair she "suddenly slipped and fell due to the floor being extremely slippery".More

November 22, 2011

Gary Busey sued for drunkenly tackling woman at Tulsa airport

The actor claims the woman is solely looking for a payday

LOS ANGELES — Tough-guy actor Gary Busey is shooting down a claim that he was a one-man drunken stampede at an Oklahoma airport in May.More

November 20, 2011

Lt John Pike UC Davis Pepper Spray Victims Filing Lawsuit

LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Victims in the Lt John Pike UC Davis Pepper Spray scandal intend to file a lawsuit, claims organizers. Multiple victims of the Lt John Pike Pepper Spray attack were hospitalized. Now Occupy UC Davis reports on its Facebook page that several protesters are set to file a massive civil liberties lawsuit.More

November 18, 2011

Settlement to give disabled persons better access to San Bernardino County courts

A proposed settlement has been reached in a 2006 federal class-action lawsuit filed against San Bernardino County and its courts over accessibility for disabled persons at more than a dozen courthouses.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Riverside, claimed that parking, paths of travel, courtrooms, bathrooms and other areas were inaccessible to people with mobility or manual dexterity disabilities.More

November 16, 2011

Cities seek an antidote to medical marijuana

Costly lawsuits do not always succeed, many municipalities have discovered.

Three years ago, Garden Grove enacted a ban on medical marijuana dispensaries.

But the city's crackdown didn't go the way officials planned. Dealing with one marijuana case cost $200,000 in attorney's fees, leaving city leaders with sticker shock. Then they began to wonder whether their ban would even withstand legal challenge, given the contradictory case law.More

November 15, 2011

CPSC Warns High-Powered Magnets and Children Make a Deadly Mix

WASHINGTON, D.C. - An increasing number of incident reports to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) indicate that high-powered magnets continue to be a safety risk to children. From toddlers to teens, children are swallowing these magnets and the consequences are severe.More

November 14, 2011

Baby Dies from Massive Head Trauma Due to Alleged Obstetrical Negligence-Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed

Medical malpractice attorney, Dr. Bruce G. Fagel, files lawsuit on behalf of Seda Kaplanyan and Tigran Gadyan, after their infant, David Gadyan, died from alleged negligence caused by his obstetrician, Kevin Galstyan, MD. The baby died after suffering irreversible and fatal head trauma, consisting of a massive compression fracture and extensive brain bleeding due to Dr. Galstyan's alleged misuse of a pressurized vacuum device used to deliver the infant, according to the lawsuit filed (case number: EC 056867, at Los Angeles County Superior Court.)More

November 11, 2011

Michael Jackson family's civil trial blames AEG in singer's death

Mother and children allege that the entertainment giant heartlessly pressured the star to deliver a comeback tour he was in no shape to take on.

With the conviction this week of Michael Jackson's doctor on an involuntary manslaughter charge, the question of blame in the pop star's death shifts to a new and much wealthier defendant: Los Angeles entertainment behemoth Anschutz Entertainment Group.More

November 9, 2011

Conrad Murray faces lawsuit filed by Michael Jackson's father

A DAY after being convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson, Conrad Murray's legal woes continued today as he faced a civil wrongful death lawsuit filed by the King of Pop's father.More

November 8, 2011

Costa suits settled

Family of father, daughter killed in 2009 crash continue to discuss settlement with La Cañada.

Members of the family of the father and daughter killed in a 2009 runaway big-rig crash in La Cañada Flintridge will receive $3.15 million from the truck driver and state transportation officials to settle civil lawsuits.More

November 7, 2011

Lawsuits aren't hindrance to rising in LAPD ranks

After paying out $38 million in internal harassment and discrimination suits over the last three years, the LAPD is coming under fire for a perceived lack of discipline of command staff targeted in the complaints.

Several supervisors have been promoted, although they were named as defendants in lawsuits that resulted in six- or seven-figure judgments or settlements, according to a review of city and court documents. More

November 4, 2011

Boy Scouts of America Recalls Cub Scout Wind Tech Jackets Due to Strangulation Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.More

November 3, 2011

"GIRLS GONE WILD" Founder, Joe Francis, Sues Steve Wynn for Fraud

After an overwhelming victory over Las Vegas casino owner Steve Wynn, Joe Francis has kept his promise to go after Wynn and his coconspirators for the damage that they did to Francis.

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Joe Francis, founder of Girls Gone Wild, has filed a multi-million dollar civil lawsuit in United States District Court in Los Angeles against Steve Wynn and the Wynn Las Vegas casino among others, seeking damages for Malicious Prosecution, Abuse of Process, Intentional Misrepresentation, Defamation, Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress and Conspiracy. Francis' lawsuit stems from a criminal allegation by Steve Wynn and the Wynn casino that resulted in criminal charges alleging Francis did not pay back a marker drawn in favor of Steve Wynn's casino. Francis was 100% acquitted of any wrong doing in this case and now seeks compensation for the damages he has suffered as a result of Wynn's false allegations against him. More

November 2, 2011

Gerber Legendary Blades Recalls Hunting Knife Sets Due to Laceration Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.More

November 1, 2011

Medical Marijuana Advocacy Group Sues Obama Administration

A California medical marijuana advocacy group is taking the Obama administration to court in an effort to halt the Justice Department's assault on marijuana growers and dispensers, the Los Angeles Times reports.More

October 31, 2011

Spin Master Agrees to $1.3 Million Civil Penalty for Failing to Report Aqua Dots and for Selling a Banned Hazardous Substance

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today that Spin Master, Inc. of Los Angeles, California, and Spin Master Ltd. of Toronto, Canada, ("Spin Master") have agreed to pay a civil penalty of $1,300,000. The penalty agreement has been accepted provisionally by the Commission (5-0).More

October 27, 2011

CPSC Provides Three Steps to a Safe Halloween Celebration

WASHINGTON, D.C. - From a fall resulting in a dislocated shoulder, to an open flame resulting in second degree burns, each year CPSC receives reports of injuries involving Halloween-related costumes, décor, and lighting. These incidents are preventable. Using CPSC's three-step safety check at , consumers can ensure that their fright night fun is not haunted by Halloween injuriesMore

October 26, 2011

Female drivers may be more at risk of injuries, study says

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- If you're a female driver, it's possible you may be at greater risk of serious injury in a car crash.

According to a report written in the American Journal of Public health, female drivers are 47 percent more likely to suffer serious injuries than men.More

October 24, 2011

FAA Proposes $241,200 Civil Penalty Against Streamline Aviation, Inc.

ATLANTA – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing a $241,200 civil penalty against Streamline Aviation, Inc., of Miami, Fla., for allegedly failing to complete proper repairs and inspections of steel landing gear parts. More

October 21, 2011

Additional Retail Sales Prompt CPSC and Meijer to Re-announce Roman Shades and Roll-Up Blinds Recall; Strangulation Hazard Posed

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.More

October 19, 2011

FAA Awards $2 Million Environmental Grant To San Diego International Airport

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded a $2 million grant to San Diego International Airport to reduce the use of conventional fuels at the airport to improve air quality. More

October 18, 2011

LM Import & Export Recalls Toy Cars Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.More

October 17, 2011

Henry Gordy Agrees to $1,100,000 Civil Penalty For Failure to Report Children's Toy Dart Gun Sets

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today that Henry Gordy International, Inc. (Henry Gordy), of Plainfield, N.J., has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $1,100,000. The penalty agreement has been provisionally accepted by the Commission (5-0).More

October 14, 2011

Jury Verdict Returned for $48.2 Million Against Johnson & Johnson

Jury Verdict Returned for $48.2 Million Against Johnson & Johnson, Makers of Motrin - Law Offices of Brian D. Witzer Obtains Verdict Against One of the World's Largest Drug CompaniesMore

October 13, 2011

A Fire Safe Home

CPSC and NFPA Urge Consumers to Install Smoke Alarms, Practice a Family Escape Plan
Fire Prevention Week is October 9-15

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) urge consumers to take time during Fire Prevention Week to check their homes for fire risks and to develop and practice a family escape plan. More

October 12, 2011

Nidec Motor Corporation Recalls Pool Pump Motors Due to Electrical Shock Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.More

October 11, 2011

Jury awards LAPD detectives $2.5 million

The three detectives filed suit against the department alleging gender discrimination and retaliation by supervisors.

A jury has awarded three veteran Los Angeles police detectives $2.5 million in a gender discrimination and retaliation lawsuit against their supervisors.More

October 10, 2011

Ballard Designs Recalls Step Stools Due to Fall Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.More

October 7, 2011

Yu Wei Recalls Drop-Side Cribs Sold Exclusively at jcpenney Due to Entrapment and Suffocation Hazards

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.More

October 6, 2011

TV and Furniture Tip-Over-Related Deaths and Injuries Not Slowing Down

A child is killed once every two weeks, tens of thousands are injured every year

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In March of this year, an 11 month old died while watching TV with his dad and his 2-year-old sibling. The baby's brother bumped into the furniture holding the TV and the TV fell onto the baby's head and abdomen. Unfortunately, this is not a rare incident. Furniture and TV tip-over incidents are one of the top hidden hazards in the home. Today, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging parents and caregivers to inspect and anchor furniture and TVs now, in order to protect young children from a preventable tragedy.More

October 5, 2011

Parents Sue Compton Unified School District Over the Death of Their 12 year Old Son

Juan A. Faire, age 12, died during P.E. class last September 2010 at Whaley Jr. High, Compton, California. His parents have filed a lawsuit for wrongful death in the Los Angeles Superior Court.More

October 4, 2011

Britney Spears Nanny Lawsuit Reinstated

A judge today reinstated a $20,000 lawsuit by a former nanny and housekeeper who sued Britney Spears for alleged unpaid wages.

Ferizal Zaltash filed her case in Los Angeles Superior Court in October 2010. She says that Spears, 29, hired her in September 2007, but that she quit after only a month. She claims that Spears owes her for services she rendered.More

September 30, 2011

Little Tikes Expands Recall of Toy Workshop and Tool Sets Due to Choking Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.More

September 28, 2011

Sheen and Warner Bros. settle 'Men' lawsuit

The long battle that pitted actor Charlie Sheen against "Two and a Half Men" creator Chuck Lorre and Warner Bros. Television is finally over.More

September 27, 2011

ZipRealty sued for nearly $18 million in minimum-wage case

California's labor commissioner accuses ZipRealty of failing to pay minimum wages and overtime to hundreds of agents throughout the state.

California's labor commissioner has sued real estate brokerage ZipRealty Inc. for nearly $18 million, including back pay, in her department's largest minimum-wage enforcement action.More

September 26, 2011

Lap Band patient dies

LOS ANGELES – An Orange County, Calif., woman has died after weight-loss surgery at a Los Angeles outpatient clinic, the fifth person to die shortly after Lap-Band procedures at clinics affiliated with the 1-800-GET-THIN advertising campaign since 2009, according to lawsuits, coroner's records and interviews.More

September 23, 2011

Specialized Bicycle Components Recalls Bicycles Due to Fall Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.More

September 22, 2011

The SEIU Caves, Settles RICO Lawsuit ASAP

On Thursday, the 2.1 million member Service Employees International Union and Sodexo USA entered into a confidential settlement agreement whereby the SEIU agreed to end its "Clean Up Sodexo" corporate campaign against the company, one of nation's largest food services and facilities with over 120,000 employees.More

September 21, 2011

American Woodcrafters Recalls to Repair Bunk Beds Due To Fall Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.More

September 20, 2011

Former firefighter awarded $400,000 in retaliation lawsuit

A former county firefighter-mechanic, who said he was retaliated against for testifying against a colleague who was ultimately fired in a sexual harassment investigation, was awarded nearly $400,000.More

September 16, 2011

Target, Select Brands Recall Chefmate Blender Due to Laceration Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.More

September 15, 2011

Home Fires Prompt Dehumidifier Recall Reannouncement from LG Electronics

More Than One Million Dollars in Property Damage Linked to Goldstar and Comfort-Aire Dehumidifiers
WASHINGTON, D.C. - LG Electronics Tianjin Appliance Co., in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), is urging consumers to check if they have recalled Goldstar or Comfort-Aire dehumidifiers. The firm is re-announcing the recall of about 98,000 of the dangerous dehumidifiers that pose a serious fire and burn hazard, and are believed to be responsible for more than one million dollars in property damage.More

September 13, 2011

Weehoo Recalls Bike Trailers Due to Fall and Crash Hazards

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.More

September 12, 2011

Parolee files claim, alleging El Monte police beat him

A 35-year-old parolee has filed a claim against the city of El Monte and its Police Department alleging that he has lost much of his eyesight after he was beaten by officers.More

September 8, 2011

Runaway big rig driver gets prison in deadly crash

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — A trucker convicted of involuntary manslaughter in a runaway big-rig crash that took the lives of a man and his daughter was sentenced Thursday to seven years and four months in state prison.

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge made the final ruling for Marcos Costa, 46, after hearing lengthy statements from friends and relatives of the victims George and Angelina Posca.More

September 7, 2011

Family of woman who died 3 days after Lap-Band surgery file lawsuit

The family of a Lawndale woman who died three days after undergoing Lap-Band surgery is suing the clinic and physicians involved in her care, as well as the 1 800 GET THIN marketing campaign that they allege directed her to the clinic, according to court records.More

September 6, 2011

LED Night Lights Recalled by Camsing Global Due to Burn Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.More

September 5, 2011

Pacific Cycle Recalls Swing Sets Due to Fall Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Toys R Us

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.More

September 2, 2011

FAA Proposes $298,500 Civil Penalty Against Capital Cargo International Airlines

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing a $298,500 civil penalty against Capital Cargo International Airlines, Inc. (CCIA) of Orlando, Fla., for allegedly operating eight Boeing 727 aircraft when the aircraft were not in compliance with federal aviation regulations.More

August 26, 2011

Lawsuit filed against surfboard manufacturer

LOS ANGELES -- Surfboard manufacturers have a number of concerns - heavy competition, expensive shipping and employees who occasionally like to slip out early when there's a good break.

Product-liability lawsuits typically aren't one of their worries.More

August 25, 2011

Lawyer: Fullerton police to face new lawsuit

A lawyer representing a man wrongly accused of attacking a police officer and later acquitted said he will file a federal lawsuit against the Fullerton Police Department.

Garo Mardirossian said the lawsuit will allege officers violated client Veth Mam's civil rights and falsified police reports.More

August 24, 2011

Match.com Agrees to Screen for Sex Offenders to Settle Lawsuit

Finding your mate online is about to get a little safer. Match.com, the Internet dating site, has agreed to conduct background checks on its members in order to settle a lawsuit brought by 54-year-old Carole Markin, who was raped by a man she met on the dating site. The man, 67-year-old, Alan Wurtzel had six prior convictions for sexual offenses.More

August 23, 2011

CVS Pharmacy Agrees to Settle $2 Million Consumer Lawsuit

LOS ANGELES – CVS Pharmacy agreed to settle a $2 million consumer protection lawsuit alleging that the company overcharged customers for sale items and engaged in misleading advertising.More

August 22, 2011

L.A. Times employees settle lawsuit over stock ownership plan for $32 million

A group of former and current Los Angeles Times employees settled a federal lawsuit against GreatBanc Trust, the trustee for Tribune Co.'s employee stock ownership plan, for $32 million.

The employees contended that the leveraged buyout that resulted in creation of the ownership plan violated federal pension law.More

August 19, 2011

CVS pays $2 million to settle overcharging lawsuit

CVS will pay $2 million to settle a consumer protection lawsuit brought by the district attorneys of Riverside and two other counties, accusing the company of overcharging customers for discounted items and engaging in misleading advertising, it was announced today.More

August 18, 2011

David Carradine's widow settles wrongful death suit

LOS ANGELES - David Carradine's widow has reached a settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit filed against a French company handling the actor's final film, court records show.More

August 17, 2011

Man claims Motrin turned his life into a nightmare

The over-the-counter pain reliever Motrin turned the life of a healthy Honduran teenager in a matter of days into a nightmare in which his skin began falling off and his strength was sapped by an often deadly disorder, an attorney told a jury Tuesday.More

August 16, 2011

Claim filed in police abuse case

FULLERTON, Calif.-- The family of a Fullerton, Calif., homeless man who died after an altercation with six police officers has filed a claim with the city, officials say.

An attorney representing the parents of Kelly Thomas, a schizophrenic homeless man who died five days after a struggle with Fullerton police officers, filed the claim Thursday, indicating their intention to file a civil lawsuit, the Los Angeles Times reported.More

August 15, 2011

L.A. Times Sued by David Strick Over Photo Copyright

Veteran Hollywood photographer David Strick has sued The Los Angeles Times over photo copyright, citing more than 500 violations of the rights to using his work, TheWrap has learned.

Ed Greenberg, an attorney for the photographer, told TheWrap that each infringement could come with an award for as much as $150,000. More

August 12, 2011

Lawsuit over Dr. Phil's naked man dismissed

An Irvine woman's lawsuit against talk-show therapist "Dr. Phil" over the surprise appearance of a naked man on a spinoff show has been dismissed.

Shirley Rae Dieu and another woman had sought monetary damages stemming from their 2007 appearance on an episode of "The Dr. Phil House," claiming they were traumatized by the incident.More

August 11, 2011

Arguments under way in abuse trial of LA doctor

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Similarities in the accounts of sexual abuse from 11 patients show they are telling the truth about being assaulted by the physician son of Bermuda's former leader, a prosecutor told jurors Wednesday.

Prosecutors claim the attacks took place over five years at three Los Angeles clinics owned by Kevin Antario Brown. The women were given inappropriate breast or pelvic exams for unrelated complaints like lightheadedness, flulike symptoms and an ankle injury, Deputy District Attorney Ann-Marie Wise said in closing arguments.More

August 10, 2011

Judge Rules Harley Bikers May Proceed with Overheating and Burn Lawsuit Against Harley Davidson

Valencia, CA (OPENPRESS) August 11, 2011 -- A Federal Court Judge has denied a Harley Davidson motion to dismiss Harley bikers' claims for fraudulent and unfair business practices, violations of Consumers Legal Remedies Act (CLRA), and unjust enrichment. A class action lawsuit may now go forward against Harley Davidson alleging certain Harley motorcycle engines produce severe, and excessive heat causing burn injuries and clothing to catch on fire.More

August 9, 2011

Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer Recovers $950,000 for Southern California Man Injured in Freeway Crash

Beverly Hills, CA (PRWEB) August 09, 2011

The Los Angeles personal injury law firm of Banafsheh, Danesh & Javid, P.C., has secured a $950,000 settlement on behalf of a 53-year-old man who suffered career-ending back, neck and shoulder injuries in powerful rear-end collision on the I-105 freeway.More

August 8, 2011

Objection! Lawsuit Slams Temp Lawyers

An increasingly contentious lawsuit by a former client against law firm McDermott Will & Emery LLP is putting a spotlight on the legal industry's widespread use of itinerant "contract" attorneys who review documents for lower hourly wages.More

August 5, 2011

Jesusita Fire Victims File Lawsuit Against STIHL Tool Company, Two Santa Barbara Stores

The manufacturer, whose tools two local contractors were using the day the blaze started, is accused of failing to warn users of the potential for ignition

More than 70 people affected by the May 2009 Jesusita Fire are listed on a lawsuit against the company that manufactures the power tools thought to have caused the fire.More

August 4, 2011

SoCal doctor gives up license after patient death

LOS ANGELES -- A Southern California doctor has surrendered his license after his patient died in an Inglewood home that served as a medical clinic.

The Medical Board of California said Thursday that Dr. Roberto Bonilla gave up his license voluntarily after being convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the June 2008 death of 30-year-old Osvaldo Hernandez.More

August 3, 2011

LA supervisors to pay $650K to settle lawsuit

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The L.A. County Board of Supervisors has agreed to pay $650,000 to settle a lawsuit charging that deputies used excessive force against a couple in Compton.More

August 2, 2011

Bell sues its former city attorney, claiming faulty legal advice

The city of Bell filed a malpractice lawsuit against its former city attorney and his two law firms Thursday, alleging that they were given faulty legal advice.

The suit contends that attorney Edward Lee provided legal advice that allowed Bell officials -- including former city Administrator Robert Rizzo and City Council members -- to receive extraordinary salaries and benefits. The suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, also alleges that Lee gave the city poor advice regarding a variety of subjects, including business license fees and loans that Rizzo gave to employees. More

August 1, 2011

Inmate says deputies stomped on him

Five Orange County deputies beat and stomped his head and back, according to complaint filed in federal court.

SANTA ANA – Derek Anthony Salazar says he knew trouble was coming when he saw the jail deputies put on white protective gloves.More

July 30, 2011

Former LAX policewoman awarded nearly $1 million for gender discrimination

A woman who was formerly a Los Angeles Airport police lieutenant has been awarded nearly $1 million in a gender discrimination case by a jury this week.More

July 28, 2011

Mother Of Blind Man Killed On Metro Blue Line Asks For $15 Million Compensation

An attorney for the mother of a blind Compton man killed when he mistook a gap between Blue Line trains for a door recommended today that a jury order the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to compensate her with $15 million.More

July 27, 2011

L.A. County supervisors OK new vicious dog ordinance

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has unanimously approved an ordinance that allows animal control officers more leeway in determining whether a dog is vicious and can be euthanized.More

July 26, 2011

Jury awards $1M to boy in LA drug sting case

LOS ANGELES—A jury awarded $1 million in damages Monday to a now-14-year-old boy who participated in a drug sting at the request of three former administrators at his Los Angeles Unified middle school.More

July 25, 2011

NFL sued over players' brain injuries

Helmet company also named in suit alleging negligence

LOS ANGELES—An attorney for retired National Football League players says their suit against the league and its official helmet manufacturer, which alleges they concealed information about concussions, is as much about raising awareness of brain injuries as winning compensation for the affected players.More

July 22, 2011

Jude Law sues News International over phone hacking

Jude Law has alleged that the News of the World hacked mobile phones belonging to him and his assistant, possibly paving the way for a US trial.

The actor claims that his phone, along with the phone of assistant Ben Jackson were targeted after they arrived at New York's JFK airport.More

July 21, 2011

MALLORY ANNE HARTT V THE COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES

This is an action filed as a wrongful death claim arising out of an accident on a road in the Deane Dana Friendship Park on March 24, 2008. The decedent, one Steven Hartt ("Hartt"), a retired police officer, was riding his bicycle in the park which is located in an area of the Palos Verde Peninsula containing hills and an upper and lower portion. The accident occurred on a road which connects the upper and lower areas of the park.More

July 20, 2011

Los Angeles cyclists gain anti-harassment protection

Spurred by the experiences of two new bicycle enthusiasts, the Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday approved a historic measure that would allow cyclists to sue motorists who harass them.More

July 18, 2011

Murray Claims MJ Self-Administered Drugs

Michael Jackson's doctor claims he self-administered the drugs that dead him.

Dr. Conrad Murray is allurement a adjudicator to bandy out a blameworthy afterlife accusation filed by the 'Thriller' singer's father, Joe, claiming Jackson is amenable for his own death.More

July 16, 2011

Paris Hilton's brother Barron ordered to pay $4.9M to gas station attendant he struck drunk driving

LOS ANGELES - Paris Hilton's eldest brother must pay $4.9 million to a gas station attendant he struck with a Mercedes-Benz shortly before a drunken driving arrest in 2008, the victim's lawyer revealed Friday.More

July 15, 2011

O.C. parents sue doctor after sons overdose on prescription drugs

Riley Russo and Ryan Winter, both 20, died after abusing the powerful narcotic Opana and the anti-anxiety drug Xanax. The physician, Lisa Tseng, has now been linked to 10 overdose deaths.

Lisa Tseng, who operates a medical practice out of a strip mall near the 60… (Irfan Khan, Los Angeles Times)
July 09, 2011|By Lisa Girion, Los Angeles Times
The parents of two young Orange County men who died of overdoses filed lawsuits Friday alleging that a Rowland Heights physician acted like a drug dealer in selling prescriptions to their sons.More

June 13, 2011

Fatal crash triggers suit

Deadly July 4 crash leads to lawsuit; 18 plaintiffs cited, including witnesses

The family of the woman killed in a freak car crash during the Fourth of July fireworks display last year filed a wrongful-death lawsuit Tuesday against the city, county, operator of the mall where the show was held and other businesses.More

July 12, 2011

Beverly Hills Hotel Sued for Harassment

Five former employees are suing the Beverly Hills Hotel, its former general manager and another employee for alleged misconduct, which they say involved sexual harassment and racial discrimination.

At the center of the suit, which was filed in LA Superior Court Wednesday, is Alberto del Hoyo, who retired as the hotel's general manager last week for reasons apparently unrelated to the claims against him.More

July 11, 2011

Suicide victim's mother wins right to sue former husband over daughter's death

In 2005, Deborah Kincaid called her estranged husband for an uncomfortable conversation.

With the police listening in, she accused Jeffrey Kincaid of sexually abusing her daughter, Shannon, who was 11 when the couple married. When she asked why he had abused the girl, he said he didn't remember the abuse but continued on an enigmatic aside.More

July 8, 2011

BART will pay $1.3 million to Oscar Grant III's mother

The unarmed man was killed when Officer Johannes Mehserle mistakenly pulled out his pistol instead of his Taser during a confrontation on an Oakland train station platform on New Year's Day in 2009.More

July 7, 2011

Anesthesia Malpractice Lawsuit Results in $2.25M Verdict

A California jury has awarded $2.25 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit filed against a medical center and an anesthesiologist who allegedly let the plaintiff go too deep under, resulting in a brain injury due to lack of oxygen. More

July 6, 2011

Target pays $160,000 to disabled worker

Superstore retailer Target Corp. has agreed to pay $160,000 to settle federal allegations that it discriminated against an Orange County worker with cerebral palsy.
The case involved the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which accused Target of sharply cutting the hours of employee Jeremy Schott and failing to make reasonable accommodations for his disability. Target did not admit any wrongdoing as part of the settlement.More

July 5, 2011

Los Angeles Bicycling Groups Demand Safer Streets

Bicycling groups from around Los Angeles gathered Thursday morning to demand Culver City Police Department to conduct a "thorough and unbiased investigation" of an incident two weeks ago involving a group of bicyclists dubbed the "Midnight Ridazz" and an alleged drunk driver. More

June 30, 2011

Ex-carwash worker wins $80,000 lawsuit over labor violations

A former Los Angeles carwash worker has won an $80,000 lawsuit charging that his ex-employers forced him for years to show up for work early in the morning but barred him from clocking in until hours later.More

June 28, 2011

Six Dead-Twenty-Eight Unaccounted For in Amtrak Crash

According to authorities, and the Los Angeles Times, six people have been confirmed dead and twenty-eight are still unaccounted for in the Amtrak train crash that happened in the Nevada desert en route to Emeryville, California.

The Amtrak train crash occurred at approximately 11:30 a.m. Friday between the California Zephyr passenger train, and a tractor-trailer. The big rig truck versus train accident, occurred at a remote highway crossing approximately 70 miles east of Reno.More

June 27, 2011

Celebs play high-stakes poker in Beverly Hills hotels, lawsuits say

Los Angeles (CNN) -- Celebrities who won big money in secret high-stakes poker games at Beverly Hills luxury hotels were paid with funds stolen from investors who had been lured into an illegal Ponzi scheme, a series of federal lawsuits contends.More

June 24, 2011

Lawsuits say Lutheran church knew about sex abuse

LOS ANGELES—Three men have filed Los Angeles lawsuits claiming Lutheran church leaders knew a Bell Gardens pastor was a pedophile but tried to cover it up and silence the victims.More

June 23, 2011

Suit accuses Lancaster and Palmdale of racial bias in Section 8 crackdown

Plaintiffs, including the NAACP, allege that the cities are trying to run low-income minorities out of town by conducting 'compliance checks' that can result in families losing their federal housing benefits.More

June 21, 2011

Anthem settles suit involving 120K policyholders

LOS ANGELES—Anthem Blue Cross has agreed to settle a lawsuit that accused the health insurer of manipulating policies and forcing California patients into higher deductible policies with fewer benefits.More

June 20, 2011

The former talk show host was hit with a lawsuit relating to a blaze that damaged a Malibu home she rented last year.

Ricki Lake has been alleged to be a fire starter.

The television personality has been sued, TMZ reports, in Los Angeles County Superior County court by Hovsep Kousouyan, who alleges the former talk show host burnt down his Malibu home last year.More

June 17, 2011

LOPEZ v. CITY OF LOS ANGELES

LORENA LOPEZ, Plaintiff and Appellant,
v.
CITY OF LOS ANGELES, Defendant and Respondent.

No. B219499.

Court of Appeals of California, Second District, Division Eight.

Filed June 13, 2011.

Arnold & Porter, James S. Blackburn, Tricia A. Cross and Ryan O. McMonagle for Plaintiff and Appellant.
Carmen A. Trutanich, City Attorney, Michael L. Claessens, Assistant City Attorney, Amy Jo Field and Lisa S. Berger, Deputy City Attorneys, for Defendant and Respondent.More

June 15, 2011

Charlie Sheen: What His Court Loss Means for the $100 Million Lawsuit

Talk about not winning.

Now that a Los Angeles Superior Court judge has declined to exercise jurisdiction over Charlie Sheen's $100 million lawsuit against Warner Bros. and Two and a Half Men co-creator Chuck Lorre, the case will likely be confined to a private arbitration. But it's certainly not over.More

June 14, 2011

Model sues after suffering knee injury during trampoline photoshoot at Playboy Mansion

It's not easy being a Playboy model: there's the catfights, the competition among all the other girls and the endless photo shoots.

Then there are the requests such as 'can you jump on a trampoline while I photograph you?'More

June 13, 2011

San Diego to Pay $1.8M for Motorcycle Accident that Killed El Cajon Man

San Diego, CA — The family of a motorcyclist who died in an accident at a notorious intersection near Little Italy has reached a $1.8 million settlement with the city of San Diego, reported Sign On San Diego.More

June 10, 2011

Two lawsuits challenge Los Angeles' lottery plan for medical marijuana dispensaries

Los Angeles' latest plan — to hold a lottery to allow 100 medical marijuana dispensaries to operate — meets resistance from shop owners, who say they've followed all the rules yet still face closure.More

June 9, 2011

Beverly Hills Hotel Sued for Harassment

Five former employees are suing the Beverly Hills Hotel, its former general manager and another employee for alleged misconduct, which they say involved sexual harassment and racial discrimination.More

June 8, 2011

San Diego pays $1.8 million for traffic death

City attorney cites delay in improving dangerous intersection

SAN DIEGO — The city of San Diego is paying a $1.8 million settlement in a wrongful-death lawsuit after it failed to install a $3,000 traffic signal at an accident-prone intersection near Little Italy for 12 years.More

June 7, 2011

Lloyd's of London Sues to Void $17.5M Award to Michael Jackson Estate

Even in death, Michael Jackson's legal troubles aren't over.

Insurance company Lloyd's of London filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court Monday, saying that it doesn't owe the Michael Jackson Estate $17.5 million, because Jackson misrepresented himself, according to court documents obtained by TheWrap.More

June 6, 2011

Four Bus Collision in Commerce Injures Eight Passengers

Four buses collided Thursday afternoon in a chain reaction crash according to the California Highway Patrol website. The chain collision bus crash is also reported at paloverdevalleybus.com. Authorities believe the I-5 chain reaction collision was caused by a car that slowed in front of the first bus. Bus accident attorney, Michael Ehline, knows this area of the I-5, and he stated it is not uncommon for cars to stop quickly, and without warning.More

June 3, 2011

Monterey Park Parents Sue State Over Daughter's Death

A lawsuit has been filed against the state and the city of El Monte by the parents of a teenager who was struck and killed by a truck last year on the Pomona (60) Freeway after officers allegedly ignored pleas to help her get home.More

June 2, 2011

Irvine man accused of murder in crash that killed cheerleader

Austin Jeffrey Farley, 26, pleads not guilty in the death of Ashton Sweet, 14, who was killed over Memorial Day weekend as she rode home from a party with friends.More

June 1, 2011

Hearing delayed for man who allegedly tossed woman onto freeway off-ramp in Santa Fe Springs

NORWALK - The pretrial hearing Tuesday of a West Covina man accused of beating and tossing a female passenger from his car was continued until June 23.More

May 31, 2011

Man fired while wrongfully jailed part of suit against county

Locked up 9 days — and innocent

A case of mistaken identity landed a Port Hueneme man in the Ventura County jail for nine days last year, despite his repeated protests to a number of officers and a judge that they had the wrong man.More

May 28, 2011

Staples Center Arena faces massive lawsuit after toddler plunges to his death

Staples Center Arena was slapped with a lawsuit today stemming from an incident in which toddler fell from a luxury box following a 2010 Laker's match-up. In the wrongful death action, the child's family is seeking compensation from the owner of the Staples Center, Anshutz Entertainment Group (AEG). The pleadings also name L.A. Arena Company as a co-defendant as it manages and operates the arena.More

May 26, 2011

California Supreme Court addresses legal deadlines for tobacco lawsuits

Smokers may sue the tobacco industry once they develop a disease like lung cancer, even if they suffered different smoking-related ailments years earlier, the California Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday.More

May 25, 2011

Stow's family files suit against Dodgers

The family of Bryan Stow, a San Francisco Giants fan who suffered devastating injuries after an assault at Dodger Stadium, has filed suit against the Dodgers and team owner Frank McCourt, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday. The suit alleges that team cutbacks in security and outdated light fixtures in the parking lot contributed to the attack.More

May 24, 2011

Bakersfield man receives $5.7 million settlement for oilfield accident

A $5.7 million settlement has been reached for a Bakersfield man who suffered severe injuries in a 2009 oilfield accident.

The money should cover future costs for rehabilitation and lost income for Darrell Wilson, attorney Timothy Lemucchi said Friday.More

May 23, 2011

$20 Million Lawsuit Alleges 'A-List Celebrity' Gave Sexual Partner Herpes

A $20 million lawsuit filed in California claims an unnamed "A-list male" celebrity deliberately gave his sexual partner herpes.

"As a carnivorous plant lures unsuspecting victims with veiled deceit, so too did the defendant in the case," states the complaint filed in Los Angeles County on Wednesday by attorney Keith M. Davidson. It alleges that the "celebrity of substantial fame intentionally wielded his influence, money and notoriety to attract his prey."More

May 21, 2011

Family awarded $2.1 million in park death case

A Kern County jury awarded $2.1 million Friday to the mother and two daughters of a man who was killed in 2008 when a city parks worker drove over him as he rested on the grass at Jefferson Park.

The verdict followed more than two full days of deliberation and several days of sometimes emotional testimony from family members of Armando Morataya, who was 54 at the time of his death.More

May 19, 2011

$9 million? $350,000? How much to get run over and killed?

One guy says $9 million. The other: $350,000, maybe $450,000.

Actual damages to be awarded to the family of a Bakersfield man killed by a city parks worker in 2008, however, will be decided by a dozen other people -- the jury -- who began deliberations late Wednesday afternoon.More

May 18, 2011

Deputy's DUI crash settled for $4.75 million

An Anaheim man critically injured when an on-duty Los Angeles County sheriff's detective who had been drinking slammed into his car will receive $4.75 million under terms of a settlement approved by L.A. County supervisors Tuesday.More

May 17, 2011

Nicollette Sheridan lawsuit gets trial

Nicollette Sheridan's Desperate Housewives lawsuit is going to trial.

Last year, the actress filed legal papers against show creator Marc Cherry and broadcasters ABC in which she alleged she suffered assault and battery, gender violence and wrongful termination. Sheridan insists she was a "model employee" up until she left the TV show in 2009, when her character Edie Britt was killed off. She alleges Cherry hit her across the face when they disagreed over a script in September 2008 and she found him difficult to work with.More

May 16, 2011

Legionnella Bacteria Found in Playboy Mansion Hot Tub After 200 Were Sickened

Holmby Hills, CA — The presence of Legionella bacteria was confirmed in a whirlpool spa at the Playboy Mansion by the Los Angeles County Health Department, who launched an investigation after hundreds of people fell ill after attending or working a party at the ionic mansion last month, reported KTLA.More

May 13, 2011

Run over by a city worker -- what should damage award be?

No dollar amount has yet been publicly discussed in a civil suit regarding the July 2008 death of a Bakersfield man run over by a city worker in Jefferson Park.More

May 11, 2011

Court: Smokers Can Sue Tobacco Companies Over New Illnesses

On Thursday, the California Supreme Court unanimously ruled that smokers can sue tobacco companies after being diagnosed with a disease such as lung cancer, even if the smoker experienced other smoking-related illnesses years earlier, the Los Angeles Times reports (Dolan, Los Angeles Times, 5/6).More

May 10, 2011

Zachary Champommier's Mother Files $10 Million Wrongful Death Suit

The mother of 18-year-old Zachary Champommier filed a lawsuit Friday asking for $10 million in damages for the fatal shooting of her son by off-duty officers in the parking lot behind Chipotle Mexican Grill last June 24.More

May 9, 2011

Flood of lawsuits by LAPD officers costs the city millions

t least 17 officers have won million-dollar-plus jury verdicts or settlements from the city in the last decade in lawsuits involving accusations of sexual harassment, racial discrimination, retaliation and other workplace injustices.

Robert Hill did not join the Los Angeles Police Department to become a millionaire. And yet, that's what happened in September when city officials cut the veteran cop and his lawyer a check for nearly $4 million.More

May 5, 2011

LA County to pay $207,000 to injured psych patient

LOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday to pay a nearly $207,000 settlement to a psychiatric patient who jumped out of a hospital window and suffered permanent brain injury.More

May 4, 2011

Katherine Jackson To Manage Wrongful Death Case Filed By Her Husband Joe

A judge presiding over Katherine Jackson's negligence lawsuit against AEG Live said today she will also manage a case filed by the late King of Pop's father.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos's ruling on Monday does not consolidate the cases into one, but does mean that Joe Jackson's case will no longer be heard by a separate judge.More

May 3, 2011

Allergan ordered to pay $212 million in Botox brain-injury lawsuit

A federal jury rules against the Irvine company in a suit filed by a Virginia man who claimed that use of the drug left him severely disabled.

Botox-maker Allergan Inc. was ordered by a federal court jury to pay $212 million to a Virginia man who alleged that use of the drug left him severely disabled.More

May 2, 2011

California Is One of the Deadliest States for Pedestrians

Although pedestrian fatalities have actually been on the decline over the last decade, the number is still disturbingly high.

Motor vehicle collisions involving pedestrians can happen in an instant: when a pedestrian steps off the curb, drivers inattentive to the crossing have only moments to react. Although pedestrian fatalities have actually been on the decline over the last decade, the number is still disturbingly high.More

April 29, 2011

Jury finds for Shell in benzene wrongful death case

April 15 (Westlaw Journals) - A Los Angeles jury has found for Shell Oil Co. in a case brought by the family of a man who claimed that he died from leukemia stemming from his exposure to benzene in the company's products, according to an attorney representing the company. More

April 28, 2011

Dodgers Settle Suit with Man Who Suffered Broken Neck During Game

The Dodgers and a fan who sued the team over a broken neck suffered when drunken man fell on him from an upper deck have settled their lawsuit, an attorney for the injured man told a judge Tuesday.More

April 27, 2011

'General Hospital' Lawsuit Claims ABC Shortchanged Creators

ABC enraged soap fans recently by canceling long-running shows All My Children and One Life to Live. Now the network has been sued by the heirs of the creators of General Hospital, who claim they have been stiffed on revenue from TV's longest-running daytime drama.More

April 26, 2011

Michael Ehline Discusses Busch Beer Heir's Offer of $1.5 Million to Settle Girlfriend's Wrongful Death Lawsuit

August Bus IV, the last descendant that ran the Anheuser-Bush brewing company prior to its sale in 2008, has offered a $1.5 million dollars as a wrongful death settlement over the death of his girlfriends' family's personal injury lawsuit for negligent wrongful death, according to news sources here. (The case is Martin v. Busch, 11SL-001294, Circuit Court of St. Louis County, Missouri.)More

April 25, 2011

Family of Lawndale woman who died after Lap-Band surgery to pursue legal action

The family of a Lawndale woman who died three days after undergoing surgery for the Lap-Band is taking legal steps against the clinic and physicians involved in her care after a coroner's report showed "suboptimal" medical care contributed to her death.

Tamara Walter, 52, died at a hospital after her Dec. 23 surgery at the Beverly Hills Surgery Center, now known as New Life Surgery Center. Her sister, Betty Brown, said Walter was referred to the clinic by the 1-800-GET-THIN marketing campaign.More

April 22, 2011

L.A. County to pay $900,000 to settle deputy's harassment suit

Deputy Robert Lyznick had alleged that his supervisor sexually harassed him and threatened him with violence. Sheriff's officials say they launched an investigation and took appropriate action. The supervisor, Sgt. Charles Dery, says the allegations were fabricated.More

April 21, 2011

The Day Global Warming Comes to the Supreme Court

As American Electric Power v. Connecticut prepares to go to the High Court, previewing what role the federal courts will take, if any, in restricting greenhouse gas emissionsMore

April 20, 2011

LA County to pay $207,000 to injured psych patient

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday to pay a nearly $207,000 settlement to a psychiatric patient who jumped out of a hospital window and suffered permanent brain injury.
Ramiro Polanco, 38, sued after he took a three-story plunge from Olive View-UCLA Medical Center on September 17, 2008. The suit alleged that the nursing staff at the Sylmar hospital failed to adequately supervise Polanco, who required constant watch after suffering a schizophrenic episode.More

April 19, 2011

Skydiver dies after midair collision with 2nd jumper

PERRIS, Calif. — One skydiver died and a second was critically injured Friday when they collided in midair over Perris Valley Airport, just two weeks after two others were killed in a similar accident, authorities said.

The accident was reported around 1:50 p.m. near the airfield at 2091 Goetz Road, KNBC in Los Angeles reported. It wasn't immediately clear whether the parachutists became entangled or struck each other and descended separately.More

April 18, 2011

US woman sues Internet dating site, saying date sexually assaulted her after 2nd meeting

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — A California woman has sued popular website Match.com, saying she was sexually assaulted by a man she met through the online dating service.

The civil lawsuit filed Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court contends the alleged assailant had previously faced sex crime charges and that the website could have prevented the attack if it had checked his criminal background. The woman suing the website is an entertainment executive identified in court documents only as Jane Doe.More

April 15, 2011

Burbank, CA Jury Makes $4.6 Medical Malpractice Award

Jurors in Burbank California awarded $4.6 million in damages this week to the family of Thomas Miller, a prominent local nonprofit director. They found that Dr. Collin Cooper, of the Verdugo Hills Medical Group, was negligent in diagnosing and treating Miller, 51, and that his negligence lead to Miller's death.More

April 13, 2011

Shegerian & Associates Helps Supervisor Win $500,000 from Rite Aid Corporation in Harassment Case

Carney R. Shegerian, an employee rights attorney with Shegerian & Associates, Inc., a Santa Monica-based litigation law firm representing employees on wrongful termination and harassment cases, won a jury verdict for $500,000 in favor of his client, Doreen Betson.More

April 12, 2011

LAPD officers who complained about ticket quotas are awarded $2 million

The veteran motorcycle officers alleged in a lawsuit that they were punished with bogus performance reviews, threats of reassignment and other forms of harassment after objecting to demands from commanding officers that they write a certain number of tickets each day.More

April 11, 2011

Green Lantern worker sues studio, claiming injury

A man who says he was a special effects worker on the upcoming film Green Lantern has sued Warner Bros. claiming he was severely injured by effects work gone wrong.

John Franco filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court claiming unspecified damages from an incident he claims took place in July 2010 on the Louisiana set of the summer superhero tentpole.More

April 8, 2011

Finding an Attorney to Handle your Personal Injury Case

Los Angeles - In Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer services are highly sought after, due to many victims of personal injury searching for justice and reparations for damages that have been incurred whether financial or emotional. Personal injury may affect victims negatively by requiring them to take time off work, or in some cases may cause them to lose their jobs. Victims of personal injury may have been a victim of injuries of the head and spine, car and auto accidents, work related injuries, dog bites, wrongful death, plane crash injuries, and medical malpractice to name a few. As a victim of any type of these injuries, monetary damages may be rewarded in order to restore the victim's financial state to match the state it was in prior to the accident and its injuries.More

April 7, 2011

Amway settles suit, to replace $20M in gift cards

LOS ANGELES—Amway has agreed to redeem more than $20 million in gift cards to settle a lawsuit claiming they improperly included a redemption date.

Lawyers who filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court announced the settlement this week.More

April 6, 2011

Hollywood studios haul movie streaming service Zediva into court

The nation's biggest Hollywood movie studies filed a copyright infringement lawsuit Monday against Zediva Inc., a Sunnyvale start up that rents newly-released DVDs by streaming the video online.More

April 5, 2011

Los Angeles County tries to expedite justice with fast-paced trials

LOS ANGELES Oscar Gomez was waiting to turn left onto San Pedro Street from Florence Avenue, watching cars streaming through the intersection as the light went from green to yellow to red. He was sure the driver of the black Toyota Camry, still 40 yards from the intersection, would stop.

He was wrong.More

April 4, 2011

Jennie-O Launches Turkey Recall After Salmonella Poisoning in California

Jennie-O Turkey store announced a recall of nearly 50,000 pounds of turkey meat Saturday after 12 people, including some in California, were diagnosed with salmonella poisoning.

The recall affects approximately 54,960 pounds of frozen, raw turkey products sold in 4-pound boxes, according to a statement from the U.S. Department of Food and Safety Inspection Service.More

March 30, 2011

Quadriplegic Mother Granted Visitation Rights

Her parents, who care for her, are waging a court fight on her behalf for visitation rights.

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) -- A woman left severely disabled during childbirth was granted temporary visitation rights Friday to her 4-year old triplets.More

March 29, 2011

Finding an Attorney to Handle your Personal Injury Case

Los Angeles - In Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer services are highly sought after, due to many victims of personal injury searching for justice and reparations for damages that have been incurred whether financial or emotional. Personal injury may affect victims negatively by requiring them to take time off work, or in some cases may cause them to lose their jobs. Victims of personal injury may have been a victim of injuries of the head and spine, car and auto accidents, work related injuries, dog bites, wrongful death, plane crash injuries, and medical malpractice to name a few. As a victim of any type of these injuries, monetary damages may be rewarded in order to restore the victim's financial state to match the state it was in prior to the accident and its injuries.More

March 28, 2011

2 die, 8 hurt after sailboat capsizes in San Diego Bay

The boat ran into trouble just after 5 p.m. Sunday near Harbor Island. Two men were pronounced dead at a rescue center on Shelter Island. Among the 8 injured are two children. A woman remains in intensive care at UC San Diego Medical Center. The accident is under investigation.

Two men drowned and eight others, including two children, were injured when a sailboat capsized Sunday evening in San Diego Bay.More

March 26, 2011

Bret Michaels suing CBS

Rocker Bret Michaels is suing CBS and the producers of the Tony Awards over the head injury he sustained performing at the event.

The suit, filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleges the network and Tony organizers were negligent by not properly instructing him how to exit the stage. At the end of his musical performance, he was struck in the face by a section of the stage descending ovehread.More

March 23, 2011

Police release Michael Lohan

Lindsay Lohan's father Michael has been released by police after suspected domestic violence claims involving his girlfriend.

The initial charges were reduced by the Los Angeles District Attorney's office from felony charges to the misdemeanour of 'Inflicting injury on a cohabitant' said police.More

March 22, 2011

5 dead in small-plane crash at Long Beach Airport

LONG BEACH - Five people died Wednesday and one man was critically injured after the twin-engine plane they were flying in crashed shortly after takeoff, erupting into a fireball at the Long Beach Airport.More

March 21, 2011

Puppy beating lawsuit against LA fire chief settled

A former Los Angeles County assistant fire chief has settled a lawsuit with the owners of a 6-month-old puppy he was convicted of severely beating with a rock.More

March 18, 2011

Vet Awarded $19 Million in Damages

A paraplegic, who spent more than three months at the Veteran's Administration hospital in Long Beach recovering from a broken leg, was awarded more than $19 million in punitive damages Tuesday in his lawsuit against an insurance company that only wanted to pay for 19 days of treatment. More

March 17,2011

Mexican Citizen Allowed Clergy Abuse Trial in States

In a landmark decision a U.S. federal judge has ruled that a Mexican citizen can file a clergy abuse lawsuit against a priest – who is also a Mexican citizen – in the U.S., though the abuse occurred in Mexico, as reported by the Associated Press and others.More

March 15, 2011

UCLA Surgeons Complete First Hand Transplant in California

It took a team of 17 surgeons and 14 hours in the operating room, but doctors at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in California, were able to successfully complete the state's first hand transplant, myFOXla.com reported.

The patient was a mother from northern California who lost her right hand in a bad car accident five years ago.More

March 14, 2011

Department of Homeland Security sued for storing full body scanner images

We've all been told that the whole body scanners are being implemented for our own good. We've been assured that our misapprehensions were unfounded. Body scanners penetrate clothing to provide a highly detailed image so accurate that it has been likened it to a virtual strip search. Technologies vary, with millimeter wave systems capturing fuzzier images, and backscatter X-ray machines able to show precise anatomical detail.More

March 11, 2011

Triad's Product Contamination Problems Continue

Last month, the Triad Group recalled alcohol swabs and prep pads after it was discovered that the products could be contaminated with Bacillus cereus, which could cause serious and potentially life-threatening infections. The bacteria can cause skin infection, or if pushed into the skin after the surface is cleaned with one of the wipes, it could result in potentially life-threatening infection. The Triad swabs were commonly used in hospitals and packaged with a number of medications. They were also sold under a variety of labels, including CVS, Walgreens and Cardinal Health.More

March 10, 2011

Settlement reached in Courtney Love Twitter lawsuit

LOS ANGELES — Courtney Love's Twitter rants against a fashion designer are costing her more than $430,000, an attorney says.

The singer, pictured, has settled a lawsuit filed by Dawn Simorangkir, who sued the Hole frontwoman in March 2009, accusing her of making false statements about the designer and her past in postings on the microblogging site Twitter and Love's MySpace blog. More

March 9, 2011

Los Angeles Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Filed After Woman Dies Following Lap Band Surgery

A Simi Valley man and his daughter have filed a Lap-Band lawsuit alleging medical malpractice and wrongful death in Los Angeles County Superior Court as the result of the death of Laura Faitro following Lap-Bank weight loss surgery.
If you or a family member has suffered harm after receiving medical care - or believe you have been injured due to inadequate medical care - please contact a knowledgeable Los Angeles medical malpractice lawyer.More

March 7, 2011

Suit alleging dangerous conditions in Sheriff Lee Baca's county jail moves forward

A former Los Angeles County Jail inmate, who says he was beaten and stabbed 23 times, alleges in a lawsuit that Sheriff Lee Baca knew or should have known about conditions that put guards and prisoners at risk.More

March 4, 2011

Personal Injury Attorney Los Angeles : Consulting With a Lawyer For Auto, Motorcycle, and Personal Injury Cases

Los Angeles is a large metropolitan area, being home to about 10 million residents. With many businesses, universities, and other large attractions, freeway and street traffic can become hectic as many drivers rush to their appointments. This can lead to many auto and motorcycle accidents leaving victims injured with no justice. With an Accident Injury Lawyer Los Angeles residents involved in any type of accident can receive a settlement for their case to pay for medical bills or other financial losses.More

March 3, 2011

Appeals Court says Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawsuit Against County Sheriff Lee Baca Over Brutality in Jail Can Proceed

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals says ex-prisoner Dion Starr can sue Los Angeles County Sheriff Leroy Baca for personal injury. Starr was stabbed 23 times in 2006 while behind bars. He contends that Baca knew that the conditions in the jail were dangerous yet displayed "deliberate indifference."

Yesterday, the appeals court ruled 2-1 that Baca isn't immune from Starr's Los Angeles injury lawsuit, and that the complaint, which had been tossed by a federal judge, will now go back to district court for the civil trial. The appeals court's majority ruling says that although the US Supreme Court's decision protects officials from liability against subordinates' illegal actions, that protection doesn't extend to rights violations of those in custody when the supervisor either had "knowledge of and acquiescence" of behavior that was unconstitutional.More

March 1, 2011

Los Angeles County Nursing Home Negligence?: Santa Monica Assisted Living Facility Fined $100,000 After Resident's Choking Death

The California Department of Public Health has fined the Goldstar Rehabilitation and Nursing Center $100,000 for the inadequate nursing care that led to a patient's death. The resident, age 60, choked on his food while eating dinner. The Santa Monica nursing home has been given an "AA citation," which is the most severe citation a long-term care facility can receive in California.More

February 26, 2011

Los Angeles Injury Lawyer Says Bounce House Injuries More Common Than Parents Realize!

Bounce house injuries are more common than parents realize, according to incidences of injuries and studies that have been conducted including one conducted by the Children's Hospital Level I Trauma Center in Los Angeles, California.More

September 23,2011

Los Angeles Premises Liability Attorney Reviews Slip and Fall Complaint

Los Angeles, CA: Maureen says she "smashed both knees" and "tore ligaments" in her leg due to a slip and fall injury at an Outback Steakhouse in December 2009. Not only was she in a lot of pain, but Maureen also says the 'slip and fall' cost her thousands of dollars in lost wages and she still has outstanding medical bills. She is hoping that a Los Angeles premises liability lawsuit can at least cover her medical costs. Premises Liability Attorney Kip Scott weighs inMore

February 22, 2010

How Much Is a Life Worth? More Than $250,000?

What is the "price tag" you would put on a human life? It's not a pleasant question to contemplate, but we need an answer because of the practical real-world decisions that need to be made. How much would you need to be paid to accept a dangerous, possibly life-threatening job? How much should drug and product manufacturers spend to make life-saving modifications? How should a jury compensate the family of the victim of wrongful death?More

February 21, 2011

Los Angeles Surgical Error: Wrong Kidney Given to Patient During Transplant Surgery at USC

A patient received the wrong kidney during a transplant procedure last month. Following the Los Angeles medical mistake, USC University Hospital temporarily shut down its program. Fortunately, according to program spokesperson Bryan Stewart, the patient was not harmed because the kidney was an acceptable match.More

February 18, 2011

Sharon Osbourne, TV contestant settle lawsuits

Television and music celebrity Sharon Osbourne and a former contestant on the TV program "Rock of Love: Charm School" have settled a legal dispute between the two over claims of battery.More

February 16, 2011

Security Guard killed by out-of-control van on set of CBS hit show 'NCIS'

Los Angeles, CA—A security guard was killed after being struck by an out-of-control passenger van on the set of CBS hit show "NCIS." The fatal accident occurred Wednesday morning, February 9, 2011 at the L.A. set, as reported by TMZ.More

February 15, 2011

Chain Reaction Car Accident in Orange County

In spectacular fashion, a chain reaction auto accident in Orange County shut down the 91 freeway, creating a mid-morning rush hour nightmare for commuters. The California Highway Patrol was notified by a barrage of calls from witnesses that a multi-car accident had blocked lanes on the highway. Authorities quickly sprung into action declaring a SigAlert and dispatching emergency vehicles to the auto accident scene. The OC Register reported that a Honda Accord, a Toyota Camry, Chevrolet Malibu, and a Toyota Tacoma were involved in the pileup.More

February 14, 2011

Jury awards $1.7M in shooting of autistic man

A civil jury has awarded $1.7 million to the family of Mohammad Usman Chaudhry Attorney Olu Orange said Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011, that the jury awarded $1 million in compensatory damages to the estate of Mohammad Usman Chaudhry and $350,000 to each of his parents.More

February 11, 2011

Family friend sues Dr. Phil over dog bite

Phil and Robin McGraw are being sued by a former close friend over a dog bite.

Skin-care specialist Janet Harris, a frequent guest on "Dr. Phil" and a confidante of Robin McGraw, was bitten by the couple's dog, Maggie, while visiting the McGraws in December 2009.More

February 10, 2011

Los Angeles Hit-and-Run Car Accident Causes Serious Injuries

A hit-and-run car accident in Los Angeles left a 35-year-old pedestrian with major injuries the night of February 4, 2011. ABC News reports that the injury pedestrian accident happened at the intersection of South Figueroa and 120th streets in South Los Angeles. The injured pedestrian was transported to an area hospital with critical injuries including a traumatic brain injury. The driver fled the scene. If you have any information about the suspect vehicle, which has been described as a Nissan, or the hit-and-run suspect, please call LAPD at 213-485-7336. An investigation is ongoing.More

February 9, 2011

Jury awards $4.9M to injured train switchman

LOS ANGELES - A railroad switchman from Whittier who sued the BNSF Railway Co. for an on-the-job injury that he says could result in amputation of his right foot was awarded $4.9 million today by a Los Angeles jury.

The Superior Court panel deliberated for 1 1/2 days before finding that the railroad's violations of locomotive inspection and communications regulations caused the injuries to David R. Martin Jr.More

February 8, 2011

A Skilled Los Angeles Construction Accident Lawyer Will Protect Your Rights and Secure Full Compensation

It's easy to blame your employer when you have been injured while working at a construction site. As skilled construction accident attorneys in Los Angeles, we know that the fault often lies with equipment manufacturers, property owners and contractors. These types of cases can be complex, so you need an attorney who is experienced and capable of getting the compensation your deserve for your injuries.More

February 7, 2011

Los Angeles Escalator Attorney Warning Parents of the Danger to Children

He believes it is important for parents to realize the possible dangers to their children when riding an escalator. Recently in Van Nuys, California according to the cities fire spokesman Brian Humphrey a 17 month old boy that was riding an escalator in the Van Nuys Courthouse was injured.More

February 4, 2011

Fatal Los Angeles Car Accident Could Involve Right-of-Way Issues

A 69-year-old resident of Rosamond was killed in a Los Angeles car accident the afternoon of January 31, 2011. According to a recent News Service report, the fatal injury accident occurred at the intersection of 60th Street West and Avenue F in Lancaster. Los Angeles Sheriff's officials say that 35-year-old Amy Padilla was heading west on Avenue F in a GMC Yukon SUV when she broadsided the passenger side of a 2007 Chrysler Pacifica, which was northbound on 60th Street West. A passenger in the Pacifica died at the scene. That vehicle's driver was airlifted to an area hospital where she is recovering. An investigation is ongoing.More

February 3, 2011

Jackson family lawsuit can proceed against AEG

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A judge on Wednesday ruled the wrongful death lawsuit filed by Michael Jackson's mother can proceed against concert promoter AEG Live, setting up a legal showdown between Katherine Jackson and the company she blames for the "Thriller" singer's demise.More

February 2, 2011

Jury Awards $200 Million in Punitive Damages in Asbestos Case

A Los Angeles jury awarded $200 million in punitive damages and $8.8 million in compensatory damages last week in an asbestos product liability case. But it looks likely to be reduced.More

February 1, 2011

The Dangers of Texting and Driving

Some say that driving while texting is worse than driving drunk. In fact, studies show that 97.5% of people cannot drive safely while using cell phones.

At the time of this article, 30 states, including DC and Guam ban text messaging while driving. Within the next few years, more and more states will enact laws banning "texting" and driving. Please view the chart at ghsa.org to view mobile phone restrictions while driving in your state. Chances are, there is some type of law against mobile phone use while driving in your state! More

January 31, 2011

Jury awards $1.7 million in fatal police shooting of autistic man

An LAPD officer since fired for dishonesty in an unrelated case is found to have used excessive force and acted in 'a reckless, oppressive or malicious manner.'

A federal jury Wednesday awarded $1.7 million to the parents of an autistic man killed by a Los Angeles police officer. More

January 28, 2011

Wrongful Death In Most Cases Occurs Through Negligence, Says Lawyer

Wrongful death in most cases occurs through negligence; this is a type of death that can happen in the workplace, in a vehicle accident, a death caused by a defective product or design. Age is not a factor in the wrongful death and it is the most emotional type of death for the family to deal with.More

January 26, 2011

Officer pleads not guilty to killing husband

A California Highway Patrol officer pleaded not guilty Thursday to killing her husband in 2009.

Tomiekia Johnson, a 31-year-old black woman, is charged with killing Marcus Lemons, a 31-year-old black man who was a Compton barber and renowned amateur bowler. Johnson told investigators she fired in-self defense after her husband had been physically abusive.More

January 25, 2011

California Employer Sued for California Labor Law Violations

Napa, CA: A class-action lawsuit filed earlier this year alleges that a well-known corporation denied its employees in California of basic employment rights under California labor law. Johnson Controls Inc. was served in March for allegations ranging from the failure to pay proper wages (including overtime), to the failure to provide proper meal breaks.More

January 24, 2010

Ethanol fumes overcomes 3 workers, kills 1 at Los Angeles-area Baxter Healthcare

Los Angeles, CA—Ethanol fumes killed one worker and injured two others as they were cleaning blood plasma from a container at an Atwater Village pharmaceutical company. The work-related accident occurred on Friday, January 21, 2011 at Baxter Healthcare, located at 4501 W. Colorado Blvd., just before 4 a.m., as reported by the Los Angeles Times.More

January 21, 2011

Vital Issues to Consider Before Filing a Wrongful Death Claim

Wrongful death occurs when a person's reckless or negligent actions result in the death of another person. It can be an instant or immediate death; or it can be a delayed outcome of an accident. It may also be intentional or unintended.

In most cases, a claim for damages may be pursued by the decedent's family members (surviving relatives of the deceased victim) against the culprit in the case.More

January 20, 2011

Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyers

Accidents take place every day. People are injured and property is damaged, and one common question is ""Who was at fault in the accident?" Most cases are due to the negligence of others. And if someone is found liable for injuries they have to pay compensatory damages.More

January 19, 2011

What Are the Burn Injury Statistics in the United States?

The number of burn injury statistics per year is more than the average person would think until they are faced with this type of injury and this includes Highland. What are the burn statistics in the United States? They are much higher than most people would think unless you are an experienced burn injury attorney because there are approximately 2.4 million burn injuries that are reported each year.More

January 18, 2011

Case over Dr. Phil's nude man moves ahead

IRVINE – An Irvine woman's lawsuit against Phil McGraw and CBS alleging that she and a co-plaintiff were traumatized by a nude man who appeared on an episode of a "Dr. Phil" spinoff can proceed to trial, an appellate court has ruled.More

January 14, 2011

Los Angeles Injury Attorney The Smartest Thing You Will Ever Do

Injury Attorney Los Angeles

The most awaited thing after any accident is the claim of compensation you make to cover the loss – of course only in cases where it is applicable. The process involving the claim is generally time-consuming and a lot of litigation arise against adjusting the amount of the claim, which is even lowered to an extent. If you wish to avoid these circumstances, it is better to appoint a personal injury attorney who would take the responsibility on your behalf to recover the amount of claim as much as possible. More

January 13, 2011

Fatal Los Angeles Car Accident Involves Suspected Drunk Driver

A suspected DUI collision in West Covina resulted in fatal injuries for two people, identified as 44-year-old Viet Le, and Thuan Trieu, 34. The Daily Breeze reports that the fatal car accident occurred on the 10 Freeway the morning of January 9, 2011, when 19-year-old Alex Michael Gary rear-ended a Honda Civic carrying the two victims, which was stopped in traffic. More

January 12, 2011

Winklevoss twins want settlement with Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg undone

The Winklevoss twins' beef with Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook isn't quite over yet.

In 2008, Palo Alto-based Facebook agreed to a settlement with brothers Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, and their business partner, Divya Narendra, which resolved claims that Zuckerberg stole the idea for his social-networking website from the brothers. All four were previously Harvard classmates.More

January 11, 2011

600 pounds of Food Recalled by FSIS

Crave Foods, a Los Angeles, Calif., establishment is recalling approximately 600 pounds of frozen chicken mushroom pies because they contain monosodium glutamate (MSG), which is not declared on the label. More

January 9, 2011

How Much Money Can I Get For My Personal Injury Case?

In order to determine how much money can I get for My Los Angeles personal injury case, there are many factors to look at. One major factor is whether or not the person who caused your serious injuries in Los Angeles even had insurance.

This is true whether it is a premises liability case, car accident, or airplane crash mishap. You must first consult the below checklist to secure your rights and build the value of your Los Angeles personal injury attorney's ability to recover money damages. More

January 7, 2011

Family files claim over teen's death after a rave

The parents of Sasha Rodriguez, 15, accuse L.A. Memorial Coliseum management of failing to ensure safe conditions at last summer's two-day Electric Daisy Carnival. The girl died of a drug overdose after collapsing at the rave.

The parents of 15-year-old Sasha Rodriguez, who died of an ecstasy overdose after attending a rave, have filed a claim against the management of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. More

January 6, 2011

Auto Accidents and Your Legal Rights in Los Angeles California

Have you been injured in an automobile accident? Do you know your rights now that you've been involved in an automobile accident? Your injuries may include brain injury, spinal cord injury, paralysis, skull fractures, temporary amnesia, back and shoulder injuries, disk injuries, leg, knee and foot injuries, and whiplash. You may have suffered internal injuries including a torn spleen, injured bowels, liver, kidneys, lungs and heart. It is important that you contact a reputable auto accident lawyer in Los Angeles, California, specializing in personal injury law, to protect your rights in your unique situation. More

January 05, 2011

Driver in fatal SF cab crash avoids homicide charges

California Highway Patrol investigators have decided not to recommend a DeSoto cabbie be charged with homicide six months after a fiery crash killed a couple visiting The City from Cincinnati.More

January 4, 2011

Toyota sudden-acceleration lawsuits focus on lack of brake override

Attorneys suing the automaker change their strategy, no longer planning to build their cases around potential flaws in electronic throttle control systems.

In a tactical shift, lawyers suing Toyota Motor Corp. over sudden acceleration are building their cases around the automaker's resistance to installing a brake system that they claim would have prevented deaths and injuries.More

December 29, 2010

Hospital Sued by Patient's Family

A California hospital is being sued by a family who says a 73-year-old family member died due to allegedly not receiving proper X-rays in time. The husband and daughter claim the defendant said the deceased had "dementia" and "sent her to hospice care to die," says news reports. They sued the hospital, a doctor, as well as an emergency room doctor in Tehama County Court for wrongful death, dependent elder abuse, negligence, and pain and suffering. More

December 28, 2010

Frozen Fish Recalled by Los Angeles Company

Several thousand pounds of frozen capelin made by JFC International Inc. are being recalled due to the potential of a bacterial contamination which may lead to botulism. No illnesses have been reported so far. The Los Angeles-based company said consumers should not eat the product, even if it smells or looks fine. Around 540 cartons of capelin total, approximately 8 pounds in each carton, were sold to restaurants and stores nationwide from September-December. Botulism is a food borne illness which may be life-threatening.More

December 27, 2010

Eight Ways You Hurt Your Own Personal Injury Case

1. You Admit Fault to the Investigating Officer.

While you should not lie or distort facts, often it is not so clearcut as to who may have been at fault for an auto accident or other injury accident, such as a construction injury or defective product or machinery. Fault is based on a violation of recognized standards of conduct, and often you are not aware of those standards. Don't admit fault because you do not know all the facts. And, don't volunteer information not asked. If you ramble about this or that, you will likely say something that will be unfavorable to your case.More

December 24, 2010

Toyota to pay $10 million in Lexus lawsuit

LOS ANGELES — Toyota Motor Corp. has agreed to pay $10 million to the family of four people killed in a runaway Lexus crash that led to recalls of millions of the automaker's vehicles.
John Gomez, a lawyer who represents the victims' family, and Larry N. Willis, who represents the dealership that lent the Lexus to the family, on Thursday confirmed the settlement amount.
Toyota, which did not admit or deny liability in the settlement, fought to keep the settlement amount confidential, but the Los Angeles Times and the Associated Press argued that the public's interest in the case outweighed confidentiality concerns.More

December 23, 2010

Toyota to Pay $32.425 Million in Civil Penalties for Its Handling of Auto Recalls

A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) press release announced that Toyota Motor Corporation has settled on paying an additional $32.425 million in civil penalties for its handling of auto recalls. The decision comes after two independent investigations by officials. Toyota is expected to reportedly pay the maximum fines permitted under the law, which will be $16.375 million in one case and $16.050 million in another.More

December 22, 2010

U.S. proposes cell phone ban for truck, bus drivers

Measure is the latest move by feds against distracted driving

WASHINGTON — The U.S. government on Friday proposed prohibiting commercial truck and bus drivers from using cell phones while behind the wheel. More

December 21, 2010

Southern California Hip Replacement Surgeon Sued for Fraud Amid Fallout from DePuy Recall

Orthopedic surgeon and co-developer of the DePuy ASR hip replacement implant, Dr. Thomas Schmalzried, sued for failing to disclose royalty payments received from implanting hundreds of recalled DePuy ASR devices in patients.More

December 20, 2010

Senate sends food safety bill to House

The Senate on Sunday passed a sweeping bill intended to make food safer, sending it to the House in the waning days of Congress.

It was the second time the Senate passed the bill, which would give the government broad new powers to increase inspections of food processing facilities and force companies to recall tainted food.More

December 16, 2010

The 4 Steps In Retaining Los Angeles Injury Lawyers

Even if you were unable to avoid getting involved in a Los Angeles trucking accident or car accident, there are 4 steps in retaining Los Angeles injury lawyers who are legal specialists. You will need safeguard your legal rights by retaining an injury lawyer who will fight to get you recovery for economic and non economic losses also known as financial you are entitled to recover under tort laws.More

December 15, 2010

Retired NFL players lend support to student-athlete injury bill

Reporting from Sacramento —
The NFL is lending its public relations muscle to a proposal that would require California student athletes who leave a game after a head injury to get written medical clearance before returning to the field or court.

Retired players, including Raiders legends Jim Otto and Fred Biletnikoff and San Francisco 49ers Pro Bowl players Keena Turner and Eric Davis, recounted their own experiences Tuesday to support the measure in Sacramento. More

December 14, 2010

At least 2 people killed by Amtrak train in Commerce

At least two people were killed late Monday when an Amtrak train struck a group of people walking on the tracks in Commerce, authorities said.

The accident occurred about 9 p.m. near the 6500 block of 26th Street, said Sgt. David Ladjevic of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.More

December 13, 2010

NEW TREATMENT FOR SPINAL CORD INJURY

In 1997, the Spinal Cord Injury Information Network estimated that over 250,000 people were living with a spinal cord injury. The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, however, estimates that number to be much greater today, with over 1.2 million people living with some form of a spinal cord injury, nearly five times higher than previously thought.

According to the Foundation for Spinal Cord Injury Prevention, Care & Cure, there are 12,000 new cases of spinal cord injuries each year. Many of these injuries occur due to motor vehicle accidents, falls, sporting and recreational accidents or acts of violence. While there is no cure for spinal cord injury or paralysis, new research has given hope to those living with or affected by the injury. More

December 10, 2010

The Stages on Filing a Personal Injury Claim

Introduction

The California law comprehensively defines matters involving personal injuries incurred due to the misconduct of other parties. However, not all injured victims succeed in acquiring justice from their misfortunes and sufferings. Some of them do not even know the basic principles of law that are very vital in achieving justice and obtaining fitting recoveries. Thus, this article aims to aid those poor victims and make them realize the proper steps to undergo if they wish to file their personal injury claims. More

December 9, 2010

Michael Jackson's Dad Files New Wrongful Death Suit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - An attorney for the father of Michael Jackson on Tuesday filed a new wrongful death lawsuit against the doctor accused of involuntary manslaughter in the pop singer's death.

The lawsuit by attorney Brian Oxman on behalf of Joe Jackson was filed in California Superior Court against Dr. Conrad Murray and companies with which he is affiliated. It includes the "Thriller" singer's mother Katherine Jackson and his three children as nominal parties. More

December 8, 2010

Train Accident in Los Angeles Causes Critical Injuries

A train accident in Los Angeles the night of December 2, 2010 resulted in injuries for eight people, two of whom were injured critically. ABC News reports that the collision occurred on the train tracks at East 41st Street and Long Beach Avenue in South Los Angeles between a Metro Blue Line train and a minivan that was stalled on the tracks. All eight who were injured were train passengers. The two occupants in the minivan were unharmed. The driver of the minivan is facing felony drunk driving charges. More

December 7, 2010

Vital Personal Injury Laws in Los Angeles County

There are some fundamental personal injury laws contained in the laws being implemented in Los Angeles County that everyone need to be well informed about.

Things you have to do in case you were injured in the aftermath of an accident More

December 6, 2010

For Boy Scouts, trails can lead to danger

In the last five years, 32 Scouts and Scout leaders have died in various outdoor activities. Adult leaders, often inexperienced, can miscalculate risks and difficulties.

The Yosemite Falls Trail leads dramatically to the top of North America's highest waterfall. Park rangers and veteran hikers know it as strenuous and a potentially dangerous hike in the winter. More

December 3, 2010

How Lawyers Mitigate Effects of Collision Accidents

Vehicle collision is one of the most common road accidents in Los Angeles. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, vehicle collisions account for nearly 35% of major road accidents in California last year. In Los Angeles alone, 900 deaths were caused by collision accidents last year. More

December 2, 2010

Woman gets $245,000 settlement in deputy sex assault lawsuit

Single mother alleges that a sheriff's deputy touched her chest during a 2008 traffic stop, then followed her home and assaulted her in the driveway. The deputy faces a criminal trial in the incident as well as two others.

A single mother who alleged she was sexually assaulted by a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy during a 2008 traffic stop was awarded a $245,000 settlement Tuesday.More

December 1, 2010

Getting Help For Personal Injury Cases

The law defines personal injury as physical, emotional or mental injury that a person suffers due to a neglectful or willful action of another person or party. For instance, if you buy a ladder with defective steps and sustain an injury from using it, you may then sue the manufacturer of the equipment for personal injury because the product has caused harm. Other cases of personal injury are slip and fall accidents, pet attacks and road accidents. More

November 26, 2010

Porn actress reaches 'level of empowerment,' delays Sheen lawsuit

Adult film actress Capri Anderson has decided against filing a lawsuit against TV sitcom star Charlie Sheen for now, Anderson's lawyer told CNN on Tuesday.

Anderson, whose real name is Christine Walsh, filed a criminal harassment complaint against Sheen on Monday related to her night with the actor at a New York hotel last month. More

November 25, 2010

Friedman Class Members and 24 Hour Fitness Settle Class Action Lawsuit

More than 1.5 Million Former 24 Hour Fitness Members Awarded Benefit For Dues Collected By Electronic Payment After Giving Notice of Termination of Contract

LOS ANGELES -- A lawsuit that commenced on October 2, 2006 alleged that 24 Hour Fitness, the nation's largest privately owned fitness center chain, violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act ("RICO"), the Electronic Fund Transfer Act ("EFTA"), and engaged in unfair and fraudulent business practices, as well as other violations of California's consumer protection statutes in charging monthly membership dues by unauthorized electronic funds transfer ("EFT") after members provided notice of cancellation of their memberships. 24 Hour Fitness asserted that the class members had authorized the charges and denied any wrongdoing. The Court made no determination that 24 Hour Fitness had done anything wrong.More

November 24, 2010

Judge keeps bulk of Toyota consumer suit intact

A federal judge tentatively ruled on Friday he would leave intact the bulk of a consumer class-action case against Toyota seeking damages for economic losses stemming from complaints about cars that raced out of control.More

November 23, 2010

Los Angeles Work Accident Lawyer Your Guide To Compensations

Los Angeles work accident lawyer helps in lawsuits aimed at claiming compensation for accidents caused at workplace. Thousands of workmen die every year because of accidents and many more suffer illness and injuries. It is worrying to note that the number of people injured or falling ill at work place runs into millions.More

November 22, 2010

3 killed in plane crash off Newport Beach

Police believe the Beechcraft Musketeer was headed for Torrance from Mexico.

A small private plane crashed into the water off Newport Beach on Sunday evening, killing at least three people, Newport Beach police said.More

November 19, 2010

Girl Struck by Car Awarded $10 Million

San Mateo, CA: A teenage girl who was struck by a car while crossing an intersection in 2006 and has been in a coma ever since, was awarded over $10 million by a jury. Emily Liou was 17 at the time of the accident, and suffered massive brain damage as a result. She has never regained consciousness.

Liou was struck on El Camino Real by Gada Hassany, the driver of the car. Hassany contended that she didn't see Liou until it was too late. A lawsuit was filed on Liou's behalf against Hassany and the state of California The suit alleged that the location of the marked crosswalk was dangerous given that it is in a busy uncontrolled intersection with multiple lanes of traffic, and that it gives pedestrians a false sense of security. More

November 18, 2010

Don't touch my junk guy theatened with lawsuit from TSA

Refusal of California airport screening is Internet hit, Lawsuit threatened

SAN DIEGO -- A man who refused a body scan and pat-down search at a San Diego airport has become an Internet sensation in the debate weighing fliers' security versus their privacy. More

November 17, 2010

L.A. plans crackdown on harassment of bicyclists.

The L.A. City Council is moving to get tough on harassment of bicyclists.

The council this week asked its attorneys to draw up an ordinance that would make it a civil violation to harass or assault bicyclists. The proposed law, which the council could consider in two months, would make it easier for cyclists to sue those who allegedly harass them and recover a cash settlement. More

November 16, 2010

What Seems Like A Minor Head Injury Can Turn Serious Fast

What seems like a minor head injury can turn serious fast and many people do not realize this when involved in a car accident. The person that has a minor head injury is risking more serious complications according to experts. This according to experts can be a brain bleed, which is not apparent at first, leaving the victim acting normal. Then there can be complications like complaints of headaches.More

November 12, 2010

Australian businessman accused of killing woman in West Hollywood crosswalk

Ryan Bowman was booked on suspicion of manslaughter after his Bentley struck the woman. Authorities say he fled the accident scene and then abandoned the vehicle.

An Australian businessman has been arrested in connection with the death of a 21-year-old woman who was struck and killed by a Bentley while crossing Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said Thursday.More


November 11, 2010

Understanding Legal Professions

Entangled in a Los Angeles auto accident? You have the right to legal counsel. Use it.

Los Angeles civil courtrooms pose more obstacles and hazards than the El Toro interchange at 8:12 a.m. Do not venture there without skilled, experienced professional guidance. Whether or not you were at fault in a southern California traffic accident, if you have been injured or suffered serious property damage, consult with a Los Angeles auto accident attorney, who will protect your legal rights and help you collect all the compensation and damages to which the law entitles you. More

November 10, 2010

California Scuba Diver Wins $1.68M After Left Alone, Floating in the Ocean

Los Angeles, CA—A horrific ordeal for one scuba diver turned into a $1.68 million award after negligence was found on the part of the scuba dive companies who left him floating in the Pacific Ocean by himself for hours. A Superior court jury reached the verdict on Friday, October 22, 2010, as reported by the San Francisco Chronicle.
Daniel Carlock, who was 45 at the time, became separated from his dive buddy and was subsequently left floating in the ocean until he was spotted by Boy Scouts who were passing by on another boat. More

November 9, 2010

Motorcycle Accidents in Los Angeles California and How to Protect Yourself

Looking for the right personal injury attorney in Los Angeles California after you have been involved in a motorcycle accident is not as difficult as it may sound. Seeking legal assistance from an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer is the smartest move a motorcycle accident victim can make, because without experienced legal representation your chances of getting the maximum settlement in your case will be next to impossible. More

November 8, 2010

Bruno star accused of inciting gay riot

Controversial comedian Sacha Baron Cohen has been accused of inciting a riot at a pro-gay marriage rally in America in order to "enhance" the drama in his 2009 film Bruno.

Cohen is being sued by a cameraman allegedly assaulted while filming the star at a Proposition 8 rally in Los Angeles in November 2008, claiming he was shoved and threatened after members of the Bruno production crew held up signs advocating against same sex unions to deliberately fire up the crowdMore

November 5, 2010

Record-Breaking Verdict against Land O'Lakes, Inc.

HANFORD, Calif. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - A Kings County, California jury returned a record verdict on Tuesday afternoon, against Land O'Lakes, Inc. The verdict -- $6.45 million -- is the largest personal injury verdict in the history of Kings County, California. Mr. Crenshaw was represented by trial lawyers Panish Shea & Boyle LLP, which is based in Los Angeles, California and tries cases throughout California and the United States. Before today, the largest personal injury verdict in Kings County was $1.6 million.More

November 4, 2010

What Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Do?

If you've been injured in an accident or were the victim of a wrongful death, it's very likely that the first thing anyone recommended you do (after visiting a physician) is obtain the services of a personal injury lawyer. Unless they have been through the legal process, however, that's probably where they knowledge of the process stops. They don't have a clue what's going to happen after you make that phone call!More

November 3, 2010

3-year-old girl critically injured in los angeles hit-and-run car accident

A 3-year-old girl was critically injured in a Los Angeles car accident, which police say, was caused by a hit-and-run driver. According to The Los Angeles Daily News, the serious injury accident occurred at the intersection of 77th Street and Avalon Boulevard in Florence the night of October 31, 2010. The girl was trick-or-treating with her aunt and at the street intersection when they were both hit by a red Toyota. The girl is in critical but stable condition. Officials say she suffered major head injuries. The other pedestrian sustained minor injuries to her hand. Police are looking for the driver who struck the two pedestrians and fled the scene of the car accident. More

November 2, 2010

'Miami Medical' actor sues for 2009 mishap

Brando Eaton, who has also starred in 'Dexter,' claims that defilbrillator shock has given him anxiety and An actor accidentally zapped by a defibrillator on a Burbank soundstage has sued the maker of the device designed to help heart attack victims, saying the incident has made him hesitant to ply his trade.More

November 1, 2010

How much money can I get for my injuries?

To determine how much money can I get for my personal injury case in Los Angeles, there are many factors to consider. An important factor is whether the person who caused the damage in Los Angeles even had insurance.

This is true whether it is a case where the premises liability, accident, accident or plane crash. You should first consult the list below to protect your rights and improve the value of your Los Angeles Injuryprosecutor's ability> to pay damages.More

October 27, 2010

How to Maximize Your California Personal Injury Settlement

A Los Angeles personal injury accident can leave you permanently disabled and unable to work. Car accident victims are often affected by their accident in a dramatic way. If you have suffered from a serious personal injury accident, you want to recover a maximum settlement. A catastrophic injury accident can cause physical damages, medical expenses, loss of work, property destruction, pain, stress, and mental anguish. More

October 26, 2010

3 youths held in Eastside school bus crash

A pedestrian is killed and the bus driver and 20 students are hospitalized after a sports car allegedly runs a red light.

Three teenage boys triggered chaos in a Boyle Heights neighborhood Monday afternoon when their car ran a red light, killed a pedestrian and upended a school bus, injuring the driver and 20 Roosevelt High School students, authorities said.More

October 25, 2010

Personal Injury Accidents: How to Deal with Them

Different kinds of accidents happen, but all of them have one thing in common – they all cause personal injury. Personal injury accidents can lead to a wide variety of injuries – from scratches and bruises, to traumatic injuries and disability. What is important in these kinds of situation is that the victim knows how to handle them. Here are the different types of personal injury cases and some tips on how to deal with them:

Car accidents – These kinds of accidents usually involve two opposing parties. A good way to solve this issue is by obtaining information from the liable party and pressing charges against him. More

October 22, 2010

Injury lawyers can cut through the maze of an injury claim

Regardless of a current health-related document, social security won't be compensated by the employees compensation insurance company eternally.

If a worker isn't able to return to their job, there'll come a time when health-related treatment is unable to improve the end result for the damage.
As soon as your situation is likely to neither enhance nor become getting worse, the workers compensation insurer will attempt to end your injury claim.More

October 21, 2010

2 teenagers' lives intersect with tragic results in Sherman Oaks

A 16-year-old cross-country runner at Notre Dame High is killed while jogging across a busy street, apparently struck by an 18-year-old in an SUV who drove four blocks before pulling over next to a police car.More

October 20, 2010

Pedestrian killed in hit-and-run accident in Sherman Oaks

A pedestrian was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles police said Tuesday.

The crash, which occurred about 3:40 p.m. on Woodman Avenue near Addison Street, involved a burgundy sport utility vehicle, said LAPD Officer Sara Fayden. More

October 19, 2010

Case tests use of force by San Jose officer

It happened in 47 seconds.

That was how quickly a San Jose police officer confronted a San Jose couple in response to a summons from a downtown bar owner -- and then, in a frantic series of events that remain in fierce dispute -- wound up shocking Cindy Zuniga with a Taser and shooting her husband, Marcos, in the face, disfiguring him for life.More

October 15, 2010

Jury finds Caltrans partly responsible for '03 mudslide that killed 14 [Updated]

Caltrans could have to pay between $1 million and $4 million to a church whose retreat was the site of a catastrophic mudslide after a jury decided the agency was partly responsible for the 2003 disaster that killed 14 people in the San Bernardino Mountains.More

October 14, 2010

The 4 Steps In Retaining Los Angeles Injury Lawyers

13 Oct, 2010 California Truck Accident Lawyers Articles Angeles Injury Lawyers Retaining

Even if you were unable to avoid getting involved in a Los Angeles trucking accident or car accident, there are 4 steps in retaining Los Angeles injury lawyers who are legal specialists. You will need safeguard your legal rights by retaining an injury lawyer who will fight to get you recovery for economic and non economic losses also known as financial you are entitled to recover under tort laws. More

October 13, 2010

Los Angeles Bike Accident Attorney ? When You Need One

Every day thousands of bikes cross the streets and bike paths of Los Angeles. Here in sunny California, people bike both for exercise and as a means of transportation. In a county with poor public transit, if you can't afford a car, sometimes a bike is the best alternative. But biking has its downside here in Los Angeles. It's not a bike-friendly town with bike paths being a relatively recent innovation. But drivers here are not in the habit of watching for bikers either. Subsequently, serious Bike Accidents in Los Angeles – collisions between bikes and cars – has become an all-too frequent tragedy here.More

October 12, 2010

$62.7 million settlement reached in tractor-trailer accident that killed 10 on Oklahoma turnpike

NORMAN, Okla. — A nearly $63 million settlement was reached Thursday in a lawsuit filed after a tractor-trailer driver slammed into a line of stopped cars along the Oklahoma turnpike and killed 10 people.More

October 11, 2010

Dealing with Insurance Companies After an Auto Accident

After a car accident, people often immediately contact their insurance company hoping that they will offer fair compensation for damages. Often, people discover a short time later that many of the costs involved with their claim were not covered. In severe accidents where there is injury as well as considerable vehicle damage, claims will frequently be refuted by insurance companies, and high costs fall upon the victims involved. More

October 8, 2010

About 10 people injured in roller coaster accident at Knott's Berry Farm [Updated]

About 10 people were injured at Knott's Berry Farm on Thursday night during an accident involving a roller coaster, officials said.

Police and fire units responded to the park and were treating the victims, the Orange County Fire Authority said. The extent of the injuries was unclear.More

October 7, 2010

NVIDIA Settles Class Action Suit For Repair Promise And $2M

After two years of litigation NVIDIA has settled a class-action suit that claimed its graphics processing units were defective with a $2 million fund and a promise to replace either the chips or the computers affected.More

October 6, 2010

Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney Settles with Starbucks

On Monday, September 27, Starbucks Corporation settled with Mildred and Edwin Rodgers for $4.8 million. The slip and fall case against Starbucks had been in trial since September 15, 2010 before the Honorable Stephen J. Czuleger of the Los Angeles Superior Court. More

October 5, 2010

How much money can I get for my injury case?

To determine how much money can I get for my injury case Angeles in Los there are many factors to consider. An important factor is whether the person had caused serious injury to Los Angeles even insurance.

This is true whether it is a case of premises liability, car accident, accident or plane crash. You must first click on the following checklist to ensure that your rights and strengthen the value of your personal injury attorney in Los AngelesAbility to recover money damages.More

October 4, 2010

Dog Bites in Los Angeles – when you need a dog bite lawyer

Few people imagine when they bring a dog into their lives as a pet and the family that one day, the animal could turn on them or worst, bite a neighbor or friend. And for most pet owners, this scenario will come true. However, the frequency of dog bite attacks is increasing in Los Angeles. dog bites are one of the most brutal types of personal injury victims innocent can suffer, causing deep, jagged wounds, scarring, blindness and even death. When this happens,Dog Bite Lawyer in Los Angeles becomes a necessity. The sad reality is, most dog bites can be avoided by the second Dog Bite Lawyers.More

October 1, 2010

11 Million Reasons to Be Concerned About the Most Recent Tot Toy Recall

WASHINGTON – Fisher-Price is recalling more than 11 million tricycles, toys and high chairs over safety concerns.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday that the tricycles and high chairs were blamed for children’s injuries.More

September 30, 2010

4 Frequent Lawsuits Handled by Injury Lawyers in Los Angeles

Auto Accident

Los Angeles drivers and passengers face an accident rate 8 times higher than the national average. Long commutes and poorly maintained roads contribute to these numbers. Additionally, rain poses significant hazards in Los Angeles due to poor runoff planning. If you are involved in a car accident in Los Angeles, even if you are partially at fault, you may be entitled to financial recovery. Locate a personal injury lawyer with experience in verdicts or settlements arising from auto accident lawsuits.More

September 28, 2010

Lawyers Are Also Called Attorneys

Law practice is so diverse that it is not possible to describe the so-called typical lawyer. Each lawyer works with different clients and different legal problems. Lawyers use various ways to decide how to charge for their services that are set out by the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court requires that the fees must be reasonable.More

September 24, 2010

Proving Fault in a Car Accident on Los Angeles Freeway

California news has also recorded numerous reports on car accidents at the Pacific Coast highway. The danger on the road can cause a split-second collision, injuring passengers and pedestrians.

Injuries can be traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputation, and paralysis. Such injuries require series of medical treatment and can be expensive.More

September 23, 2010

Feinstein, Boxer propose tougher gas pipeline regulation in wake of San Bruno blast

California’s two U.S. senators introduced a bill Wednesday that would impose strict new pipeline safety standards and add federal inspectors in the wake of the Sept. 9 natural gas explosion in San Bruno that killed seven people and burned 37 houses to the ground. More

September 22, 2010

Man Killed in Los Angeles Car Accident

David Recinos, a 30-year-old Placentia man was killed in a Los Angeles car accident after his vehicle struck a big rig early morning on September 19, 2010. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the fatal car versus truck collision occurred on the 5 Freeway near Valley View Street in La Mirada. Recinos was driving a 1999 Chevy Suburban that crashed into the trailer of the truck. The big rig was traveling south on the freeway and doing at 35 mph at the time. Recinos sustained major head and back trauma. He was transported to a nearby hospital where he died.More

September 21, 2010

When I need a personal injury attorney?

If you have suffered harm because of someone else's negligence or misconduct in Los Angeles, California, in particular, construction injuries, defective manufacture or design, inadequate warnings, defective strollers or car seats, navigation or slip and fall injuries, accidents pedestrian accidents, motorcycle accidents, trucking accidents, injuries or accidents bus big platform to name a few examples oftype of collision accidents, you should not delay in seeking expert legal representation to ensure that your rights are not violated, and seek a positive outcome for you and your family. More

September 17, 2010

A fall can start a senior's final decline

Longtime Los Angeles Lakers sportscaster Francis Dayle "Chick" Hearn fell in his Encino home in 2002 and died three days later.

Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor broke her hip in July when she fell out of bed. She's been in and out of consciousness in recent weeks.More

September 16, 2010

Injured bicyclist in fair condition

A teenage girl struck by a car while riding her bicycle in Tehachapi early Wednesday morning was in fair condition by late afternoon, according to nursing staff.

Harley McDaniel, 17, was recovering at Kern Medical Center, where she was taken after the 5:55 a.m. crash.

McDaniel was riding on the north side of Highline Road in the area of Water Canyon Road when she tried to cross to the south side of the roadway, according to a California Highway Patrol news release. She crossed directly into the path of a car driven by Tehachapi resident Philip Waterstradt and was struck, the CHP said.More

September 15, 2010

Court Allows Metrolink Accident Case To Proceed Against Los Angeles

On August 30, the California Court of Appeals ruled that the lower court erred in throwing out a lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles based on negligence arising from the fatal Blue Line Metro accident. The metro train ran into a car, driven by Sara Tovar, crossing the tracks. Tovar died from her injuries.

According to testimony, Tovar failed to see the flashing lights or hear the train's bells as it approached. Experts testified that inadequate signage existed at the intersection. Charges were dismissed by the court against the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, but allowed to continue against the city. At issue - whether the city maintained a dangerous condition on public property. More

September 14, 2010

Basic Facts Concerning Case Trials in Los Angeles

Each case that will go through the process of trial before the court of law commonly becomes too complicated, especially for the ordinary person. Oftentimes, the case involves many other kinds of legal subjects as the trial progresses.

Certain complex issues also arise in cases being tried in court. This is a reality in most trial cases all over the country. More

September 13, 2010

LA residents: Police harassment spawned outrage

LOS ANGELES — A city all too familiar with civil unrest was caught by surprise with the level of outrage over the fatal police shooting of an illegal immigrant from Guatemala who was menacing officers with a knife.

The officers were also Hispanic, and witnesses backed up their claims that Manuel Jaminez threatened them. More

 

September 9, 2010

Disease Discrimination Exists in the Workplace

os Angeles, CA: A California police officer recently filed a lawsuit against the City of Los Angeles alleging discrimination on the part of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). Malcolm Thomas's California labor lawsuit was augmented by charges that his employer discriminated against an injury he suffered on the job. Instead of making allowances for Thomas's injury, his employer allegedly put him in situations that proved to aggravate the injury. More

September 8, 2010

Brain injured man wins $2.85 million lawsuit against stun-gun maker

A California man injured after he was shocked with a stun gun in 2006 won a $2.8 million settlement against Taser International Inc. this summer. [SantaCruzSentinel]

Santa Cruz County Superior Court Judge Jeff Almquist declined Thursday to seal court documents detailing the settlement over the objections of Taser International Inc. More

September 3, 2010

$5.5 Million Los Angeles County Medical Malpractice Settlement Reached with Family of Redondo Beach Cheerleader who Sustained Permanent TBI

Los Angeles County and the family of 15-year-old Elizabeth Nicks have agreed to settle her family's California injuries to a minor lawsuit for $5.5 million. On August 16, the media reported that the county's Board of Supervisors was expected to vote on the Los Angeles medical malpractice settlement amount on August 17.More

September 2, 2010

South L.A. garment factory workers to get back pay and overtime in settlement

Workers at a suspected sweatshop in South Los Angeles will receive back pay and overtime, and an independent monitor will scrutinize the factory's activities in a settlement reached Wednesday between the owners and the city attorney's office.

City Atty. Carmen Trutanich's office sued the company's owner-operator for allegedly failing to pay employees overtime and maintaining sweatshop conditions in the garment factory.More

September 1, 2010

Bay Area Workplace Injury Attorney News: Violent LA Gas Explosion Kills 1

Los Angeles, CA (Bay Area Workplace Injury Attorney News)—A Los Angeles business’ botched attempt at rerouting a gas line after the company fell behind on payments proved deadly Friday, July 30, 2010, when a gas explosion was detonated inside the industrial building. The violent blast destroyed the building and resulted in one unfortunate fatality. The force of the gas explosion also reportedly hurled another worker across the street, leaving him in critical condition. Fire personnel on the scene initially believed that man’s injuries had proven fatal, given that he did not have a heart beat. However, medical professionals at an area hospital later revived him, according to information provided by the Associated Press. More

August 30, 2010

Rollover Accident in Los Angeles Injures Driver

A male driver sustained injuries in a Los Angeles car accident the night of August 24, 2010. According to a news report in The Press Telegram, the rollover crash occurred on the 110 Freeway in South Los Angeles near the West Gage Avenue off-ramp. The driver was partially ejected and trapped under his overturned car. Officials do not believe that the driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. An investigation will be needed to determine what caused the car accident. An investigation is ongoing. More

August 27, 2010

Find your right to compensation

If you have suffered an accident, a car accident, motorcycle accident or a mine accident or have suffered an injury by slipping or falling in a public place, it would be wise to seek advice from an injury lawyer may be entitled to thousands of dollars in damages.

rights to compensation may include all losses and expenses that the result of injury and compensation can be awarded for pain and suffering. Your wound should not be seriousin many cases suffer from an injury may mean that you have the legal right to compensation.More

August 25, 2010

Brain injured man wins $2.85 million lawsuit against stun-gun maker

A California man injured after he was shocked with a stun gun in 2006 won a $2.8 million settlement against Taser International Inc. this summer. [SantaCruzSentinel]

Santa Cruz County Superior Court Judge Jeff Almquist declined Thursday to seal court documents detailing the settlement over the objections of Taser International Inc.More

August 24, 2010

What Are The Statutes Of Limitation For Injuries After An Accident?

The legal term for any injury that a person suffers to his mind, body or emotions is personal injury. This term is also used to refer to a kind of lawsuit that the injured party might file for under tort. This is comes into play when injury has been caused by the negligence of another individual. There are many types of personal injury claims and the most common ones in any state are accidents at work, assault claims, road traffic accidents, tripping accidents, and product defect accidents.More

August 23, 2010

Madonna Sued Over "Material Girl" Clothing Line

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Madonna has been hit with a lawsuit over her new "Material Girl" fashion line for teenagers by a California clothing company that says it has been using the name since 1997.

L.A Triumph filed a lawsuit against the pop superstar in the California Central District court on Thursday, just two weeks after the Madonna line went on sale in Macy's. More

August 20, 2010

California Nurses Assn. files suit alleging discrimination against Filipinos at Bay Area hospital

The California Nurses Assn. has filed a class-action lawsuit against Sacramento-based Sutter Health and the company’s California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, alleging that hospital managers refused to hire Filipino nurses.More

August 18, 2010

Chlorine overload at CA public pool hospitalized 17

Los Angeles, CA—A “Free Swim Day” at a public pool in Arcadia took a turn for the worse when seventeen people, including 10 children became sick and were rushed to a hospital. Officials suspect an overload of chlorine is the culprit for the mass infliction, as reported by KTLA.

Emergency crews were called to the public pool at the Arcadia County Park around 11:20 a.m. on Monday, July 19, 2010, where they transported 17 people to Methodist Hospital in Arcadia and Huntington Hospital in Pasadena for treatment.More

August 17, 2010

Blizzard Wins $88 Million Suit Against World of Warcraft Private Server Owner

Blizzard Entertainment, responsible for the hugely popular World of Warcraft MMORPG, has won a default judgment against the operator of a private server used to run World of Warcraft.

Alyson Reeves, operator of Scapegaming, has been ordered to pay $88 million to Blizzard Entertainment, who accused Reeves of copyright infringement, unfair competition and circumvention of copyright protection systems as well as other allegations. Blizzard filed the suit last October, citing that Reeves was “well aware” that the actions that Scapegaming performed were unauthorized.More

August 16, 2010

8 dead, 12 hurt at off-road race in Calif. desert

LOS ANGELES — An off-road truck plowed into a crowd and scattered "bodies everywhere" moments after sailing off a jump at a California race Saturday, killing eight people and leaving 12 injured, authorities and witnesses said.

The crash came shortly after the start of the 8 p.m. PDT race called the California 200, said San Bernardino County sheriff's spokeswoman Cindy Bachman.More

August 13, 2010

The Hidden Dangers in a Common Drug for Acid Reflux

Reglan is commonly prescribed to treat gastroesophageal reflux or GERD. According to the manufacturer's warning on the label, Reglan is only to be used for short periods of time. Unfortunately, these warnings are rarely explained and often overlooked.

If you or a loved one was prescribed Reglan (also known as Octamide, Maxolon or by the generic name metoclopramide) More

August 12, 2010

Call A Los Angeles Dog Bite Lawyer To Win Your Injury Claim

A concern that continues to grow rapidly in Los Angeles, California is the increase in dog attacks and dog bites that the popular city sees every year. Too many dog lovers are allowing their pets to wander free through parks and neighborhoods, heightening the chances of attacks and injuries to off-guard pedestrians. You or someone you know may have become the most recent victim of a dog attack or dog bite, and ultimately the victim of negligent behavior on the part of the animal’s owner. Luckily for you, there are lawyers in the Los Angeles area who specialize in dog attack and dog bite claims.More

August 11, 2010

Riverside Cheerleading Coach Among 3 Killed in Fiery Crash

Wendy Rice was driving one of three vans carrying athletes from California Baptist University.

BISHOP, Calif. -- A fiery crash involving vans carrying cross-country teams from a local high school and a university killed three people and left 16 injured near the eastern Sierra Nevada. More

 

August 10, 2010

Homeowner’s Liability: Cracks on Walkways and Slip and Falls

If you are a homeowner with a cracked driveway or walkways, you may think the cracks are not a major problem. However, cracked, jagged and uneven walkways are one of the major causes of slip and fall accidents. This means that visitors and friends coming to your home are in danger of an accident at home… and you are in danger of a slip and fall premises liability lawsuit as a result of your negligence.
What is Premises Liability Law?More

August 9, 2010

Survivors file Lawsuit against Greyhound Bus Company

Merely a week after a horrific bus accident that led to the death of six people on Highway 99 in Fresno, six of the survivors have decided to file a personal injury lawsuit against Greyhound and the drivers involved. The lawsuit was filed by the plaintiffs this Wednesday in Sacramento by four adults and two children.More

August 6, 2010

Residents reminded about fire insurance

Supervisor, firefighters urge foothill residents to properly cover their homes.

LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE — Los Angeles County officials on Wednesday advised foothill residents to make sure their homes are protected and insured amid this year's already devastating fire season.

Supervisor Mike Antonovich, Los Angeles County firefighters and members of the county's Commission on Insurance gathered at Fire Camp No. 2 in La Cañada to discuss options for home fire protection and to remind them to check their insurance policies for fire coverage.More

August 5, 2010

Los Altos nursing home fined $100,000 after man suffers fatal head injury

Report on Pilgrim Haven Health Facility A Northern California nursing home was fined $100,000 after its staff allegedly failed to prevent a patient from falling twice and suffering a fatal head injury for which he was not treated, state public health officials announced this week.More

August 3, 2010

What the Los Angeles Injury Attorney Deals With

Personal injury is the term for any damage or injury caused to a person. This condition refers to physical or bodily injury as well as mental and emotional damage or suffering.This condition may arise from any of these – vehicular accidents, falls, termination from work, defective or malfunctioning products and medical/professional malpractice. When you have to deal with situations that involve personal injury many times the situation can get complex, and it’s always a good idea to hire a Los Angeles Injury Lawyer to assist you in your case because you know the other side has experts on their teamMore

August 2, 2010

California Personal Injury Attorneys File Lawsuit Against Los Angeles Unified School District

California personal injury attorneys have filed a lawsuit against Los Angeles Unified School District for severe personal injuries and negligence. According to the lawsuit, 13-year-old Anwar Stetson amputated two of his fingers in a woodworking class at the Paul Revere Charter Middle School in Los Angeles in January 2008. The suit alleges Anwar was using a power tool at the time of the incident without adequate instruction or supervision by his shop teacher, thus resulting in the severe personal injury, disfigurement and permanent disabilities he sustained. The lawsuit was brought against the defendants by Anwar's court appointed guardian, Jeff Stetson. The case is set to begin on August 3, 2010, in the Los Angeles County Superior Court in Santa Monica, case # SC103258.More

July 28, 2010

Gibson And Lawyer Present Extortion Evidence To Police

Mel Gibson met with Los Angeles police on Sunday to present evidence backing up allegations his ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva attempted to extort $10 million from him to keep recordings of his telephone rants private.

The former couple, which split earlier this year, has become embroiled in a bitter battle over recent weeks as they attempt to thrash out custody arrangements for their young daughter, Lucia.More

July 27, 2010

Kevin Costner Dismisses Lawsuit Against Music Promoter

Kevin Costner is best known for playing baseball players and romantic leads in movies, but apparently had designs to expand his repertoire beyond the silver screen into the music business. However, those plans are likely over as a lawsuit the actor dismissed his lawsuit against a music promoter.More

July 26, 2010

DUI Collision in Los Angeles Causes Injuries

A DUI collision in Los Angeles resulted in injuries for a female driver and her 6-year-old daughter the night of July 19, 2010. The San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports that the crash happened on the 10 Freeway near Puente Avenue in Baldwin Park, when a suspected drunk driver cut in front of the victim's SUV causing her to lose control and the vehicle to roll over. The woman and her daughter were taken to an area medical center with neck and back injuries. The suspect initially left the scene. But officials caught up with the driver and arrested him on suspicion of felony DUI. More

July 23, 2010

Deadly Greyhound bus crash in Fresno probed

In his 32 years as a Greyhound bus driver, James Jewett always made sure he was well-rested before going to work, his youngest daughter said.

On Tuesday night, Jewett left his Sacramento home to begin his Sacramento-Los Angeles route, which he has been driving for the past eight years. More

July 21, 2010

Turbulence injures 25 on United flight diverted to DIA

At least 25 people were injured Tuesday evening when a United Airlines plane hit severe turbulence during a Washington, D.C., to Los Angeles flight, authorities said. It was diverted to Denver International Airport.

"It was just a huge up and down," passenger Kaoma Bechaz said.More

July 20, 2010

Tips For Avoiding Motorcycle Accidents

Although Motorcycles are gas efficient and a great way to travel, motorcycle riders are at greater risk of injury than other motorists. According to Los Angeles personal injury attorney Safety in riding motorcycles in order to prevent injuries is a very critical issue especially during motorcycle season.

While some accidents cause injuries or life time paralysis, some result to fatalities. These incidents should be a constant reminder for motorcyclists to protect themselves. If you have been a victim of a motorcycle accident and have suffered serious injuries, contact a motorcycle accident injury attorney Los Angeles who have had extensive experience in successfully representing clients who have been injured in various types of and have recovered the compensation they deserve.More

July 19, 2010

What is Work Accident Compensation?

Have you had an issue at work where you had an accident and thus are hurt? Then you might be able to get work accident compensation. How do you do that? Well, there is always rules you have to follow. There is always a system in which to do things. Therefore, let us help you learn the system you have to follow in order to file your claim.More

July 16, 2010

Los Angeles Car Accident Injures Pedestrian

A pedestrian sustained injuries in a Los Angeles car accident the morning of July 14, 2010 after being hit by a vehicle at a Glendale intersection. According to a CBS News report, the injury collision that occurred at the intersection of Central Avenue and Mountain Street, is still under investigation. Glendale police say the pedestrian was treated at the scene and that the extent of his or her injuries is not known.More

July 14, 2010

Blue Line train ran signal before hitting police car in Long Beach

The police vehicle had a green light to cross Long Beach Boulevard when it was struck, cameras show. Injured officer remains in hospital.
Officer injured

An unidentified Long Beach police officer was pinned inside the squad car for about half an hour. (Stephen Carr / Long Beach Press-Telegram)More

July 13, 2010

Dole Banana Case Reaches Pivotal Juncture

This Week's Decision in Los Angeles Will Have International Implications, Announces Provost Umphrey LLP

LOS ANGELES, Jul 12, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The high-profile Dole banana case will reach a key and dramatic development this week, as attorneys for banana workers suing the food giant will argue today that their cases have merit; and, the judge overseeing the proceedings will issue her decision on those claims on Thursday, July 15. The judge's ruling from the bench could affect thousands of injured men worldwide and numerous cases pending throughout the U.S. against Dole.More

July 12, 2010

Boy kills 2-year-old brother in what police call an accidental shooting

A 9-year-old North Hills boy accidentally shot and killed his 2-year-old brother in what police are describing as a tragic accident.

Los Angeles police responded to a radio call of an "ambulance shooting" in the 16700 block of Parthenia Street about 5:50 p.m. Friday and discovered a 2-year-old boy with a single gunshot wound to the upper torso.More

July 9, 2010

Family Of California Woman Sues Over Salmonella In Hospital Food

Last week, a lawsuit was filed by the family of Donna Pierce, a 69-year-old California woman who died in April 2009 after eating white pepper that was contaminated with salmonella.

Court documents say that Pierce consumed the pepper while recovering from a February 2009 lung surgery at Kaiser Permanente in Hayward, California, More

July 8, 2010

How Much Money Can I Get For My Personal Injury Case?

In order to determine how much money can I get for My Los Angeles personal injury case, there are many factors to look at. One major factor is whether or not the person who caused your serious injuries in Los Angeles even had insurance.

This is true whether it is a premises liability case, car accident, or airplane crash mishap. You must first consult the below checklist to secure your rights and build the value of your Los Angeles personal injury attorney’s ability to recover money damages. More

July 7, 2010

Missing woman's mother sues Los Angeles County and Sheriff's Department

Mitrice Richardson disappeared Sept. 17 after being released from the Malibu/Lost Hills sheriff's station. Mother Latice Sutton has filed a negligence and wrongful death lawsuit.

The mother of Mitrice Richardson — the woman missing since she was released from the Malibu/Lost Hills sheriff's station in the dark, early morning of Sept. 17 — filed a negligence and wrongful death lawsuit Tuesday against Los Angeles County and Sheriff's Department officials.More

July 6, 2010

CHP officer among 3 injured in runaway truck collision

A runaway truck speeding out of control through the Grapevine area of Interstate 5 hit a California Highway Patrol cruiser trying to clear its path Saturday, triggering a three-vehicle collision that sent all three drivers to the hospital.

The identity of the 35-year-old CHP officer from Bakersfield, who suffered what were reported to be moderate injuries, was not being released Sunday, according to Officer Kirk Arnold, who said no arrests had been made. The accident is said to have been caused by an SUV driver's failure to follow the CHP officer's directions to move out of the way.More

July 6, 2010

Jury awards $1.7 million to Fox camera operator hurt by LAPD

A Los Angeles County Superior Court jury on Friday awarded $1.7 million to a camera operator from Fox's KTTV-TV Channel 11 News who was knocked to the ground by police during the 2007 May Day melee in MacArthur Park.More

July 2, 2010

Four Coast Guard members charged in fatal crash in San Diego Bay

Four members of the U.S. Coast Guard have been charged with criminal offenses ranging from involuntary manslaughter to dereliction of duty for their role in the fatal collision between their vessel and a civilian boat in San Diego Bay last year, the Coast Guard announced Thursday. More

July 1, 2010

Lawsuit says priest abused student at Bellflower's St. John Bosco High in 1960s

A lawsuit filed Wednesday in Norwalk is the latest to accuse the Roman Catholic Church of systematically allowing a priest to sexually abuse a minor, in this case a former student at St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower.More

June 28, 2010

Road accidents this week in the Los Angeles area

Teen killed after crashing ATV into tree in Corona

A 17-year-old was killed while riding an all-terrain vehicle in Corona, according to the Riverside County coroner’s office.

Marcos Saucedo of Riverside was riding the ATV about 8 p.m. Saturday when he lost control and hit a tree near the 17,400 block of Eagle Valley Road, according to the coroner’s office. He was pronounced dead at the scene minutes later. More

June 25, 2010

Los Angeles Car Accident Proves Fatal for Pedestrian

A pedestrian accident in Hollywood proved fatal for an 87-year-old woman the afternoon of June 21, 2010 as she attempted to cross the street in a marked crosswalk. The Daily Breeze reports that the elderly pedestrian was trying to cross the street at the intersection of Vine Street and Selma Avenue when she was hit by a large commercial truck. She was pronounced dead at the scene. No charges have been filed against the truck driver pending an investigation.More

June 24, 2010

Second person fatally hit by Southern California train

Hours after a freight train struck a pedestrian in Oceanside and crippled commuter train traffic in Orange County, another line was suspended Wednesday when a Metrolink train struck and killed someone in Covina.

Metrolink spokeswoman Angie Starr said the train was traveling from San Bernardino and was due to arrive at Union Station in Los Angeles at 11:10 a.m. The victim, whom Starr called "a trespasser," died at the scene.More

June 21, 2010

Tips to Prevent Hyperthermia

I came across this article about a program in Tulsa, OK that is helping educate parents on the risks of leaving your child in the car unattended. In the article they state that it only takes 10 minutes for your car to heat up 19 degrees. So that “real quick” trip into the store could put your child in serious danger. More

June 19,2010

Youth counselor killed during Baldwin Park police pursuit

A youth counselor on his way to pick up his paycheck was killed Friday morning in a collision with a vehicle being chased by Baldwin Park police, his co-workers and authorities said.

Walter Williams, 37, was driving north on Francisquito Avenue about 9:30 a.m. when he was struck by a blue sport utility vehicle at the intersection with Ramona Boulevard, said Don Gutierrez of Eggleston Youth Center, the nonprofit social service agency where Williams worked.More

June 17, 2010

Hotel workers accuse LAX Hilton of circumventing L.A.'s 'living wage' law

The Hilton Los Angeles Airport hired scores of workers through a subcontractor in an illegal scheme to circumvent a city law mandating that airport-area hotel employees receive a “living wage,” according to a lawsuit announced Wednesday. More

June 16, 2010

Pinole Calif. Injury Lawyer News: Man, dog killed in pedestrian-train collision

Pinole, CA—In an addition to the mounting number of pedestrian-train fatalities recorded throughout the state of California, a man and his dog were struck and killed by an Amtrak locomotive Wednesday, May 12, 2010. The deadly collision occurred in Pinole, California near Pinole Shores Park. The accident comes only a few months after Amtrak and Union Pacific authorities launched a campaign to bring dangers associated with railway crossings and tracks to light, as reported by the San Francisco Chronicle.

Reports indicate there were two trains traveling in opposite directions of each other when the deadly pedestrian-train wreck occurred. At approximately 9:30 a.m., an Amtrak train struck a man and his K-9 friend. According to KCBS’ news coverage, the fatal train-related accident occurred between the Richmond and Martinez stops near Tennent Avenue. Reports also indicate there were two Amtrak trains traveling through western Contra Costa County at the same time. This subsequently prompted investigators to question whether the unidentified victim and his pet were struck by one or both trains, according to Amtrak spokesperson Marc Magliari. The man, whose name has not been released pending notification of next of kin, and his dog apparently succumbed to their traumatic injuries at the scene.

The accident marked the third fatal pedestrian-train crash to take place in western Contra Costa County within the last few months.More

June 15, 2010

When to Hire a Hostile Work Environment Attorney

Every day thousands of people show up for a job they hate. Is it because the work is knuckle-scrapingly hard? No. Is it because the job is mind numbingly boring? No. It is because every day someone at that place of work makes life miserable for that employee. It makes suffering through until days’ end almost unbearable. It rears its ugly head as discrimination, be it sexual, racial, ageism or religious. It’s a boss who sexually harasses an employee or someone who chronically tells lewd, unwelcome jokes in the workplace. It’s a fellow employee in the next cubicle who gossips, bullies, sabotages or belittles the accomplishments of his neighbor and the boss who allows such behavior. More

June 14, 2010

Santa Cruz CA Workplace Accident: Worker sucked in wood chipper, killed

Santa Cruz, CA—A long-time employee with Santa Cruz County was tragically killed when he was pulled into a wood chipper. The worker was reportedly clearing brush outside Watsonville, when the accident took place at around 9:09 a.m., on Paulsen Road, off of Green Valley Road, as reported by KSBW.More

June 11, 2010

Business Law and commercial Litigation

It is of critical implication that individuals should be informed regarding business law and commercial litigation. A business is also referred to as a company, enterprise or firm is a officially credited system intended to provide goods or solutions to customers. Businesses are best in capitalist economies most getting stealthily owned and created to acquire revenue that will maximize the prosperity of its keepers and develop the business itself.More

June 10, 2010

Former O.C. deputy arrested over car crash

The Laguna Niguel man is accused of injuring a woman while driving under the influence of prescription drugs. The incident occurred March 1, when he was a member of the Sheriff's Department.

A former Orange County sheriff's deputy was arrested and charged Wednesday with injuring a 78-year-old woman in a car crash while driving under the influence of prescription drugs — his second auto accident of the evening, authorities said.More

June 9, 2010

Toddler recovering after being struck by baseball at Dodger Stadium

A 3-year-old girl who underwent surgery Tuesday for a fractured skull after being struck by a baseball hit into the stands during batting practice at Dodger Stadium is expected to recover.

"The surgery went well and we anticipate a full recovery," said Dr. J. Gordon McComb, head of the Division of Neurosurgery for Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. "We expect she'll be able to go home by the end of the week." More

June 8, 2010

Octuplets mom Nadya Suleman settles her workers’ comp case

The Los Angeles County woman who gave birth to eight children -- and was promptly dubbed "Octomom" -- has agreed to settle a workers' compensation case against a hospital where she was injured more than a decade ago.

Nadya Suleman, mother of octuplets and six other children, will receive $40,000 from representatives of Metropolitan State Hospital in Norwalk, according to a copy of the settlement provided to The Times by the California Department of Industrial Relations. More

June 7, 2010

Former Transit Cop Prepares To Go On Trial For Shooting Unarmed Man

os Angeles, CA, United States (AHN) - Jury selection begins Wednesday in the case of a former Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer who allegedly shot to death an unarmed man on a California train platform New Year’s Day last year.

Officer Johannes Mehserle, a white officer, has pleaded not guilty to shooting 22-year-old Oscar Grant III, a black man.More

June 3, 2010

Los Angeles Consumer Attorney - Petco agrees to pay $1.75-million in settlement and to improve pricing, animal-care policies

La Jolla-based Petco Animal Supplies Inc. has agreed to pay $1.75 million to settle a consumer complaint action filed by prosecutors in five counties, San Diego prosecutors announced Wednesday.

Without admitting fault, the company agreed to improve conditions for for-sale animals, to keep price tags on products current and to give employees better training on weighing items sold in bulk, such as dog biscuits and other treats.More

June 2, 2010

Los Angeles CA Aviation Injury: Several injured during bumpy flight from London

Los Angeles, CA—Six people were hospitalized due to serious injuries suffered aboard a United Airlines flight, which encountered severe turbulence en route to Los Angeles from London. The plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Montreal, Canada on Tuesday, May 25, 2010 as a result, as reported by KABC.

Reports indicated there were approximately 200 people aboard a Boeing 777 when it experienced harsh turbulence as it flew above the Atlantic Ocean. The plane initially departed from London’s Heathrow Airport and was scheduled to land at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).More

June 1, 2010

Find An Experienced Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer

In Los Angeles, when injury has occurred and is due to the actions taken by others, it may be the case that retaining the services of a Los Angeles personal injury attorney will be necessary. While some may have unfairly less than favorable opinions of attorneys in general, navigating the complicated road following an injury requires a strong advocate on your side.

In legal terms, a personal injury is that which is brought about by the actions of a person or an entity such as a company or corporation, and which has led to harm being done to an individual. This is when a good attorney who has experience in personal injury law can be a real find. He or she is extremely skilled at litigating the intricacies involved in this field of law.More

May 28, 2010

Parents sue construction firm in rape

SAN BERNARDINO - The parents of a teenager who was molested and raped by a registered sex offender have filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against a Rancho Cucamonga construction company that assigned the sex offender to supervise a project at a San Bernardino middle school where he met the victim.

The lawsuit is aimed at school officials, school police and Ledesma & Meyer Construction Co., which reportedly assigned then 34-year-old Darold Jay Hecht, a twice-convicted sex offender, to supervise a project in 2006 at Cesar Chavez Middle School, in the Verdemont area of San Bernardino.More

May 27, 2010

Motorcyclist Injured in Los Angeles Hit-and-Run Collision

A hit-and-run crash in Los Angeles left a motorcyclist with major injuries the night of May 22, 2010. The San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports that the collision occurred at the intersection of Hacienda and Valley boulevards in the City of Industry when a driver later identified as 39-year-old Mario Dominguez, made a left turn in front of the motorcyclist. Dominguez then fled the scene of the crash, but was arrested shortly thereafter. He has also been charged with felony hit-and-run. The motorcyclist was transported to a local hospital with broken bones and internal injuries.More

May 25, 2010

How Much Money Can I Get For A Car Accident In Most Los Angeles Cities?

How much money can I get for a car accident in most Los Angeles cities is one of the most difficult questions for Los Angeles accident lawyer to answer. There are many scenarios that can arise in LA cities like Marina del Rey, Culver City, Venice Beach and Santa Monica, all favorite tourist spots and inundated with heavy traffic. LA's motor vehicle accident system is a lot different than some other states who have no fault insurance, where no matter who is at fault, insurance pays. In Los Angeles, California, we are in a pure comparative negligence jurisdiction. That means loser pays, no matter what his degree of fault in causing a motor vehicle accident for a particular injury.More

May 21, 2010

Sharon Osbourne Wins Round in Battery Lawsuit

Los Angeles - Sharon Osbourne won a round in court today when a judge ruled she can bring her own action against a former contestant on "Rock of Love Charm School" who sued her for battery.

The ruling by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Abraham A. Khan came over the objection of attorneys for plaintiff Megan Hauserman, who argued in their court papers that Osbourne waited too long to file the countersuit.More

May 20, 2010

O.C. mother shoots dog after it attacks her 6-year-old daughter

A Lake Forest woman shot a dog after it attacked her children outside their home Wednesday, authorities said.

Two of the woman's daughters, ages 3 and 6, were walking to a neighbor's house on a quiet cul de sac late Wednesday morning when a dog, thought to be a boxer or a pit bull mix, sprang at the 6-year-old, according to Orange County sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino. More

May 19, 2010

Fatal Car Accident in Los Angeles

A 33-year-old man killed in a hit-and-run collision in Los Angeles has been identified by authorities as Eugene Jackson. CBS News reports that the fatal car accident happened at the intersection of South Figueroa and 135th streets the morning of May 15, 2010. The driver of a Dodge Durango SUV, officials say, ran a red light, and sideswiped a 2009 Nissan Altima driven by Jackson. The driver and passengers in the Durango exited the vehicle and fled the scene of the accident. Jackson was transported to an area hospital where he died. If you witnessed this incident or have any information about the suspects, please call LAPD at 1-877-LAPD-24-7. More

May 18, 2010

Car kills Santa Barbara homeless man who survived earlier accident

A 63-year-old homeless man was killed when he was struck by a car on one of Santa Barbara's busiest streets, authorities said Monday. He had been hit by a pickup truck two months ago a few blocks awayMore

May 17, 2010

Family of woman killed in crash with LAPD cruiser files lawsuit

The family of a woman killed after being struck by a Los Angeles police cruiser is suing the department.

The parents of Devin Leigh Petelski, 25, on Thursday filed a lawsuit alleging negligence. Petelski was killed Oct. 15 when her car was struck by a police patrol car that allegedly had neither its flashing lights or sirens on as it sped to a burglary call shortly before midnight. She died two days later at UCLA Medical Center.More

May 13, 2010

Personal Injury Claims: When You Need a Lawyer

For certain personal injury claims -- such as those for severe injuries, malpractice, or toxic exposure -- you'll want to consult a lawyer.

Sometimes, the skills of an experienced personal injury lawyer -- or at least the threat to an insurance company that such a lawyer may present -- are worth the money you must pay that lawyer to represent you. You may need a lawyer because of complex legal rules involved in your particular claim, or because the severity of your injuries might cause your compensation to vary greatly from the norm -- or simply because an insurance company refuses to settle a matter in good faith. The following types of injuries and accidents almost certainly require a lawyer's help.More

May 12, 2010

Los Angeles apartment fire: 13 injured in blazing downtown apartment fire

Los Angeles, CA—A raging fire, with flames reaching as high as the third story, and people dangling out of windows crying for help is what firefighters found when they arrived at an apartment fire in downtown Los Angeles. A reported 13 people were injured, some critically, when the 42-unit building caught fire on Saturday, May 8, 2010 around 8:45 a.m., as reported by USA Today.More

May 11, 2010

Distracted drivers, he's got just the ticket for you

Los Angeles Police Officer Kamaron Sardar's mission is to get the message across to distracted drivers that there are no good excuses for breaking this law.

If you happen to be one of the countless numbskulls out there who text while driving and talk on cellphones without hands-free devices, too distracted to know red from green or fast from slow, I've got news for you, Cookie.More

May 10, 2010

Grisly Corvette crash in Van Nuys; 4 killed

Four people were killed early Thursday when a sports car crashed near Van Nuys airport, police said.

The yellow 2007 Chevy Corvette was traveling at high speeds when it hit a guard rail on Roscoe Boulevard shortly after midnight, said Officer Gregory Baek of the Los Angeles Police Department. The car skidded several hundred feet, crossed some railway tracks and came to rest upside down, he said.More

May 7, 2010

11 Tips for Choosing a Personal Injury Lawyer

Choosing a personal injury lawyer can be a difficult thing if you do not know what you are looking for. There are several things to look for in accident attorneys like the attorney's reputation, experience in handling accident or personal injury cases, out-of-courtroom and in-court settlement track record among other things. If you are not in a business relationship with a personal injury lawyer, you can look for someone local through newspapers, TV, online ads, or your local bar association. Even the National Association of Personal Injury Lawyers is a good source of reference.More

May 6, 2010

Man Claims He Was Defamed in a Novel 'The Unseen'

LOS ANGELES (CN) - A San Francisco man claims novelist Alexandra Sokoloff defamed him in her 2009 thriller, "The Unseen," creating a character with his name and description, who has "violent, sexually predatory and abusive" tendencies.

In his Superior Court complaint, Brendan Cody says he met Sokoloff at a writers' conference in San Diego in 2007. He says they became friends and continued their friendship over the next two years, sharing "private information and confidences via email."More

May 5, 2010

Los Angeles Car Crash Proves Fatal for Woman

A car accident the morning of May 3, 2010 resulted in the death of 25-year-old Lisa Hylla of North Hills, the Los Angeles Daily News reports. The deadly collision happened on the northbound 405 Freeway near Devonshire Street. Hylla's 2007 Toyota Scion and a 1984 Toyota truck got involved in a collision on the freeway. More

May 3, 2010

Common Car Accident Injuries

Automobile accidents are a part of modern life, and can happen anytime, anywhere, and to anyone. Fortunately many car accidents are minor, with more damage done to the vehicle than to any of the passengers. But anyone out on the road is at risk.

Injuries from auto accidents are most commonly found in the neck and back. The most frequently seen injury is whiplash, which occurs when a car is rammed from behind, forcing the head to be suddenly, sometimes violently thrown forward and then backward. Even in accidents involving speeds as low as 15 mph, fragile tendons and muscles in the neck can be damaged when the neck hyperextends. Whiplash produces various symptoms, More.

April 26, 2010

Suit Alleges Cardinal Mahony Conspired to Hide Priest’s Sexual Abuse of Children

A 25-year-old Mexican man filed suit alleging that Cardinal Roger Mahony of the Los Angeles Archdiocese and a Mexican cardinal conspired to hide a priest's 20-plus years of child sexual abuse, exposing dozens more young victims to rape by a known pedophile.

The complaint filed in federal court in Los Angeles relies on a U.S. law, more than 200 years old, that allows foreign victims of human rights abuses to bring their perpetrators to justice in U.S. courts. The civil suit is the first known to use the Alien Tort Claims Act of 1789 to demand a jury trial and compensation for sexual offenses committed abroad by clergy, attorneys said.More...

April 23, 2010

Los Angeles Hit-and-Run Car Accident Seriously Injures Pedestrian

A man in his 30s has been seriously injured in a Los Angeles car accident after he was struck by a vehicle while crossing the street at a Van Nuys intersection. According to an ABC News report, the major injury pedestrian accident occurred the night of April 17, 2010 at the intersection of Victory Boulevard and Willis Avenue. The driver was going east on Victory when he struck the pedestrian. A Los Angeles police officer who was in the area immediately responded to the scene and found the victim seriously injured and lying on the roadway. The driver had left the scene. More...

April 22, 2010

Los Angeles CA injury: Ujima Village residents claim to be exposed to toxins

California premises liability attorneys alerts- Los Angeles County and Exxon-Mobile face lawsuit filed by Ujima Village residents who say they were exposed to dangerous toxins.

Los Angeles, CA—Los Angeles County has been sued by 400 people, who contend they were exposed to dangerous toxins while living at the county owned Ujima Village housing complex in Willowbrook.More...

April 21, 2010

Los Angeles CA dog bite injury: 3 dogs terrorize south LA, 3 people attacked

Legal news for California personal injury attorneys. Three dogs attacked three people, sending at least two the hospital.

California personal injury attorneys alert- Three dogs attacked residents in the Hyde Park area of South Los Angeles.More...

April 20, 2010

$19M lawsuit says hospital performed unconsented surgery

Legal news for California medical malpractice attorneys. Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles faces $19M lawsuit for brain damage and unconsented surgery.

California medical malpractice attorneys- A civil lawsuit claims the Children’s Hospital of LA performed surgery without consent that led to brain damage.More...

April 16, 2010

Unfair Insurance Practices Acts

In an effort to protect consumers, a number of states, such as California, Pennsylvania, and Texas, have passed laws outlining practices that insurance companies can't engage in. These acts essentially provide the insurance industry a code of ethics with clear descriptions of unacceptable policies that are in some way perceived as unfair to consumers. Insurance compliance acts vary from state to state, but each act offers guidelines for licensed insurance companies to observe to obtain the right to do business in the state. More...

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April 15, 2010

Toyota Acceleration Suits Combined in California Federal Court

Lawsuits against Toyota Motor Corp. related to sudden acceleration will be consolidated in a federal court in Santa Ana, California, a panel of judges said.

Toyota, the world’s largest automaker, is facing at least 177 consumer and shareholder lawsuits seeking class-action status and at least 57 individual suits claiming personal injuries or deaths caused by sudden acceleration incidents. All the class actions and most of the individual suits were filed after September, when Toyota began the first of several recalls related to inadvertent acceleration. More...

February 13, 2010

Passenger Killed in Suspected DUI-Crash on Interstate 280

A 29-year-old San Jose man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol on Saturday after he lost control of his vehicle and crashed on Interstate 280, killing a male passenger. The accident happened on the transition from northbound Meridian Avenue to Interstate Highway 280. The driver, Sean Betti, lost control of his vehicle and struck a dirt embankment, causing the vehicle to rollover. A 25-year-old Campbell man was ejected from the vehicle. He was taken to Valley Medical Center, where he died of his injuries shortly after 5 a.m. Saturday. Another passenger was not hurt in the crash, the CHP said. The cause of the accident remains under investigation. More...

 

 

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