March 12, 1987
A Walnut man and his partner have been awarded more than $5.8 million in damages for the illegal union interference that led to the closing of their Chino grocery store. Peter Vargas of Walnut and Kenneth Henderson of Chino, former owners of Chino Farms Market, were driven out of business as a result of a 1975-76 strike by the Retail Clerk's Union Local 1428, a Pomona Superior Court jury found.
May 28, 2004
Re "State Profit in Punishment," editorial, May 24: I can't help but feel that this is one of those cases where it depends what side of the law you'd be on. If you're on the side that is being sued then, yes, by all means, anything to discourage these tremendous payouts. Then again, if you're on the side that has been wronged, how dare they defy the intent of the legislation? Compensatory damages can compensate for actual monetary amounts, which can be proved. Pain and suffering become a little subjective in terms of how long and painful the results of the alleged act are, when compared with similar situations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 1992 |
A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld $500,000 in damages awarded to a woman for the trauma she suffered when she rushed to her Cerritos home minutes after a plane crash and saw her house on fire with her husband and children inside.
April 12, 1998 |
A federal jury awarded $6 million to a woman who sued Boynton Beach after being shot eight times by police in an incident that triggered days of racial unrest in 1987. Jurors concluded that the city and two officers violated the civil rights of Betty Willingham, who's black, as she came out of her house with a knife and approached an officer who was fighting with her brother. The jury said the city violated Willingham's civil rights by failing to train, supervise or discipline its officers.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 28, 1992 |
A 4,000-square-foot house under construction in Castaic was damaged Monday by a fire that county fire officials said may have been set by arsonists. The fire in the 30000 block of Aparri Avenue did $40,000 damage, Los Angeles County Fire Capt. Robert Sheets said. Neighbors reported the fire to county authorities at 6:56 p.m. They then hurried to douse the flames with water, trying to prevent the blaze from spreading to three houses next to the construction, Sheets said.
June 16, 1990 |
A jury Friday awarded nearly $7.6 million to the wife of a man stabbed to death by jailhouse author Jack Henry Abbott, rejecting the convicted killer's argument that she did not deserve a penny. "A little excessive, I would say," Abbott, 46, remarked to the judge after the jury announced its verdict in a state court in Manhattan. Abbott killed Richard Adan with a single stab wound to the heart outside an East Greenwich Village restaurant nine years ago after an argument.
July 9, 1998 |
Jury deliberations have began to determine punitive damages in a case brought by director Francis Ford Coppola against Warner Bros. Last week, a jury in Los Angeles County Superior Court awarded Coppola $20 million in compensatory damages for his claim that Warner illegally claimed ownership of and blocked the making of a film version of "Pinocchio" he was developing. Coppola attorney Robert Chapman told the panel that Warner Bros. is worth about $6.
December 7, 2006 |
Insmed Inc. infringed three patents covering a treatment for abnormally short children, a jury said in a lawsuit brought by Genentech Inc. and Tercica Inc. The jury in federal court in Oakland awarded San Francisco-based Genentech and Brisbane, Calif.-based Tercica $7.5 million in damages and a percentage of future sales of the treatment. Richmond, Va.-based Insmed's Iplex and Tercica's product, called Increlex, are growth drugs used to treat about 6,000 short children.
April 20, 1999 |
A federal judge granted the union representing American Airlines pilots 10 more days to pay $10 million toward damages for the airline caused by a work slowdown. The Allied Pilots Assn. said U.S. District Judge Joe Kendall in Dallas granted a stay until April 28 for the deposit on total damages of $45.5 million--more than the union's assets of about $38 million.