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September 30, 2000 | From Associated Press
Clint Eastwood does not have to pay damages to a disabled woman who says that his Mission Ranch Inn violated the Americans With Disabilities Act, a jury found Friday. The jury deliberated for four hours Thursday and Friday before reaching a verdict in U.S. District Court. Diane zum Brunnen, 51, who has muscular dystrophy, sued Eastwood in 1997, a year after she and her husband, Michael, say they had dinner at Mission Ranch.
June 5, 1986
With special interest I read Connecticut Superior Court Justice Robert Satter's article (Editorial Pages, May 28), "How To Keep Damage-Award Jurors From Going Wild." Among prudent, responsible citizens I think his suggestions could work very well. Last spring I was called to serve as a juror in Los Angeles Superior Court involving a "pain and suffering" suit against a tardily paying insurance company, which had carried the policy of a man who rear-ended the plaintiffs. The suit was not for medical reimbursement, which had already been awarded in a prior suit against this insurance company, but to take advantage of new "consumer" legislation just passed to ensure that insurance companies liable for damages pay promptly.
July 7, 2010 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
In a legal setback for the the Walt Disney Co., a federal jury in Riverside awarded the creator of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" nearly $269.2 million in damages from the once-popular prime-time game show. The decision strikes at the heart of the "vertical integration" argument that has buttressed the wave of consolidation that has swept Hollywood over the last 20 years, in which media giants contend that it is economically advantageous to control both the production and distribution of TV programming.
June 19, 1985 | From Reuters
Marlene Dietrich was awarded damages by a Paris court today against an author and French publisher for invasion of privacy in recording her past relationships with a number of men, including director Josef von Sternberg and silent film star John Gilbert. The 81-year-old actress, who lives in seclusion in an apartment off the Avenue des Champs Elysees, was not in court when a judge granted her $1,063 in damages.
November 2, 1990
A jury Thursday ruled that former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson did not have to pay punitive damages for fondling a woman in a Manhattan disco. The jury of five women and one man deliberated less than an hour before deciding Tyson did not have to pay Sandra Miller additional damages. A day earlier, they ordered Tyson to pay $100 in compensatory damages for the incident. "I'm just happy they saw it as the truth," said Tyson, who denied the incident ever happened. Miller's lawyers sought $2.
November 6, 2006
Re "Courting trouble," editorial, Nov. 2 I applaud The Times for highlighting the problems with excessive punitive damage awards. It's unfortunate that so far the Supreme Court is considering returning the case to lower courts. No one would deny that punitive damages are a necessary factor within the justice system. Unfortunately, the principle of punitive damages has been manipulated to the point that it benefits only personal injury lawyers. Judges, rather than juries, need to set punitive damage amounts according to specific criteria.
June 8, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
Tyco International Ltd. had a $140-million damages verdict reduced by 90% to $14.5 million in an antitrust lawsuit brought by Irvine-based Masimo Corp. over machines that measure blood oxygen levels. U.S. District Judge Mariana Pfaelzer, in a ruling filed Wednesday in Los Angeles, awarded Masimo the damages for lost profit.
December 2, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
The late Gianni Versace's fashion empire accepted substantial though undisclosed damages for newspaper articles that appeared soon after he was shot to death in July. Lawyers for the Observer apologized for stories that implied there had been Mafia infiltration into, and money laundering within, Versace's companies. The Independent said it regretted any suggestion that Versace could not support his lifestyle through legitimate means.
July 19, 2008 | From Bloomberg News
Cat Stevens, the singer also known as Yusuf Islam, won "substantial" compensation for libel claims in a London court Friday over stories suggesting he wouldn't speak to women without veils during an award ceremony last year. The articles were published by London-based World En- tertainment News Network and The amount of the payment wasn't disclosed. Stevens' attorney said it would be donated to charity. In 2005, Stevens, whose hits include "Morning Has Broken" and "Moon Shadow," won damages from two News Corp.
August 9, 2001 | Joel Hood
An arbitrator has awarded five Loyola High assistant coaches and the school's athletic trainer a combined $20,000 in damages stemming from a fight between the Loyola and Fontana football teams after a 1999 Southern Section playoff game. Patrick Naughton, attorney for the Fontana Unified School District, has until Aug. 23 to accept or reject the offer. If the offer is rejected, the case could move to trial as early as Sept. 14.
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