CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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 |
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.
August 13, 2013 |
For decades, advocates of tort reform have pushed to limit the amount that courts can award for noneconomic damages such as pain and suffering. The California Legislature first capped this type of damages in medical malpractice lawsuits in 1975, and roughly half the states have followed California's lead. This summer, however, nearly 40 years after California's Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act first limited noneconomic damages in malpractice cases to $250,000, trial lawyers and consumer groups have unveiled a ballot initiative that would relax the cap considerably.
June 19, 1985 |
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.
January 23, 1997 |
Pioneer Oil & Gas said a jury ordered it to pay Unocal Corp. $563,158 in damages in a drilling cleanup dispute. Pioneer said the jury in Santa Maria found it liable to Unocal for breach of contract and other violations. The verdict stemmed from a Unocal lawsuit demanding that Pioneer pay for cleanup and shutdown costs associated with a drilling site in the Santa Maria Valley.
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 Contactmusic.com. 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.