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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 1994 | DEAN E. MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three-year-old Katie Bernal was about to try on what her father describes as a winter ensemble--long pants, a cute top and snuggly sweater--when the door to the girls fitting room suddenly swung open. "You must get out," Raymond Bernal says the clerk at the Mervyn's department store in Montebello ordered. "No fathers are allowed in here." Katie began to cry and, her father says, asked, "Why are they kicking me out, Daddy?"
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March 8, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A woman who suffered a fractured skull after a balloon slammed into a nearby lamppost during the 1997 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade has settled a lawsuit against the department store and the city, her attorney said. Kathleen Caronna sought $95 million in compensatory damages from Macy's, New York City and the lamppost maker. She was also seeking $300 million in punitive damages from Macy's. The amount of her settlement was not disclosed.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 1998 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Temecula man was awarded $73,680 in damages Thursday after arguing he was haunted by a false report of shoplifting that prevented him from finding a job for four years. The attorney for plaintiff Bronti Kelly, 33, had sought back pay and $200,000 in punitive damages from the May Co.--parent company of Robinsons-May department store--and its security company, Stores Protective Assn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 2000 | JOHNATHON E. BRIGGS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 45-year-old Mexican pediatrician filed a $10-million lawsuit Thursday against the Marshalls department store chain alleging that she was brutalized by a security guard who believed she was trying to steal an $8 wallet from the company's Torrance store. Olga Veronica Flores, chief of pediatrics at the Hospital Infantil de Mexico, suffered humiliation, emotional distress and a fractured right wrist during the Feb. 23 confrontation at the Del Amo Fashion Center, according to the suit.
BUSINESS
April 24, 1997 | Bloomberg News
May Department Stores is the target of a lawsuit that claims its Filene's unit wronged two credit card customers in Massachusetts who agreed to keep paying Filene's even though they were under bankruptcy protection. The suit, which seeks class-action status, is the first filed against another retailer after Sears, Roebuck & Co. admitted earlier this month that it had wronged credit card customers by failing to file the proper papers after bankrupt debtors agreed to keep making payments.
BUSINESS
August 27, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Wal-Mart, Toys R Us Suit Dismissed: U.S. District Judge Barefoot Sanders dismissed the lawsuit brought against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Toys R Us Inc. that claimed the stores sold used goods as new. Attorney Marc Stanley had brought the lawsuit on behalf of himself and as a class-action suit against the two stores. He sought an injunction ordering the stores to stop selling used goods as new and to pay damages for a class of people affected by the alleged practice.
BUSINESS
May 23, 1991 | From Reuters
Sears, Roebuck & Co. admitted in court documents that its board of directors approved a restructuring plan in 1988 without fully considering it, as takeover speculation mounted. The documents were released Tuesday by the retailer, which is defending itself against a shareholder lawsuit. The suit contends that the company restructured in order to entrench management and thwart any takeover attempt that might provide a richer reward to shareholders.
BUSINESS
April 11, 1997 | E. SCOTT RECKARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mervyn's Department Store has been charged in two lawsuits with coercing 1,750 low-level managers at its California stores into working up to 80-hour weeks without overtime. The suits, filed this week in Orange County Superior Court, seek a total of $111 million in back wages, plus at least that much in punitive damages. One suit was filed on behalf of 1,300 clerical supervisors known as "team coordinators," who were typically paid $10 to $11.
NEWS
March 8, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A woman who suffered a fractured skull after a balloon slammed into a nearby lamppost during the 1997 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade has settled a lawsuit against the department store and the city, her attorney said. Kathleen Caronna sought $95 million in compensatory damages from Macy's, New York City and the lamppost maker. She was also seeking $300 million in punitive damages from Macy's. The amount of her settlement was not disclosed.
BUSINESS
March 11, 2000 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Some national retailers were accused Friday of violating a 1997 state law that bans the sale of gift certificates or gift cards with expiration dates. A Santa Ana attorney filed a lawsuit in Orange County Superior Court on behalf of eight people who say they purchased or received certificates with expiration dates. "After [the expiration date], most people throw away the gift certificates without understanding the certificates are good indefinitely under California law," attorney Neil B.
BUSINESS
March 11, 2000 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Some national retailers were accused Friday of violating a 1997 state law that bans the sale of gift certificates or gift cards with expiration dates. A Santa Ana attorney filed a lawsuit in Orange County Superior Court on behalf of eight people who say they purchased or received certificates with expiration dates. "After [the expiration date], most people throw away the gift certificates without understanding the certificates are good indefinitely under California law," attorney Neil B.
NEWS
June 19, 1998 | MARIA L. La GANGA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After years of getting stuck in aisles too narrow to navigate by wheelchair, of knocking over mannequins and of getting tangled in Macy's clothing racks, Glen Vinton and Ellen Lieber are facing the retail giant in federal court this week in a battle over passage and profitability.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 1998 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Temecula man was awarded $73,680 in damages Thursday after arguing he was haunted by a false report of shoplifting that prevented him from finding a job for four years. The attorney for plaintiff Bronti Kelly, 33, had sought back pay and $200,000 in punitive damages from the May Co.--parent company of Robinsons-May department store--and its security company, Stores Protective Assn.
BUSINESS
April 24, 1997 | Bloomberg News
May Department Stores is the target of a lawsuit that claims its Filene's unit wronged two credit card customers in Massachusetts who agreed to keep paying Filene's even though they were under bankruptcy protection. The suit, which seeks class-action status, is the first filed against another retailer after Sears, Roebuck & Co. admitted earlier this month that it had wronged credit card customers by failing to file the proper papers after bankrupt debtors agreed to keep making payments.
BUSINESS
April 16, 1997 | Bloomberg News
Sears, Roebuck & Co. is the target of a shareholder lawsuit stemming from the retailer's admission that it wronged customers in bankruptcy proceedings. Attorneys for the four law firms that filed the suit in federal court in Illinois declined to say how much they were seeking in damages. Hoffman Estates, Ill.-based Sears, the second-largest U.S.
BUSINESS
April 11, 1997 | E. SCOTT RECKARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mervyn's Department Store has been charged in two lawsuits with coercing 1,750 low-level managers at its California stores into working up to 80-hour weeks without overtime. The suits, filed this week in Orange County Superior Court, seek a total of $111 million in back wages, plus at least that much in punitive damages. One suit was filed on behalf of 1,300 clerical supervisors known as "team coordinators," who were typically paid $10 to $11.
BUSINESS
April 16, 1997 | Bloomberg News
Sears, Roebuck & Co. is the target of a shareholder lawsuit stemming from the retailer's admission that it wronged customers in bankruptcy proceedings. Attorneys for the four law firms that filed the suit in federal court in Illinois declined to say how much they were seeking in damages. Hoffman Estates, Ill.-based Sears, the second-largest U.S.
BUSINESS
April 11, 1997 | E. SCOTT RECKARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Mervyn's department store chain has been accused in two lawsuits of coercing 1,750 low-level managers at its California stores into working up to 80-hour weeks without overtime. The suits, filed this week in Orange County Superior Court, seek a total of $111 million in back wages, plus at least that much in punitive damages. One suit was filed on behalf of 1,300 clerical supervisors known as "team coordinators," who were typically paid $10 to $11.
BUSINESS
April 11, 1997 | E. SCOTT RECKARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Mervyn's department store chain has been accused in two lawsuits of coercing 1,750 low-level managers at its California stores into working up to 80-hour weeks without overtime. The suits, filed this week in Orange County Superior Court, seek a total of $111 million in back wages, plus at least that much in punitive damages. One suit was filed on behalf of 1,300 clerical supervisors known as "team coordinators," who were typically paid $10 to $11.
BUSINESS
April 11, 1997 | From Times Wire Services
Sears Roebuck and Co. said Thursday that it will repay customers who were pressured to continue paying off their Sears credit card debts even though they had filed for bankruptcy protection. Sears stock fell nearly 8% after the nation's second-largest retailer said the payments would affect 1997's earnings. Under threat of court action and a class-action lawsuit, the company said Thursday that "it exercised flawed legal judgment" in its handling of the debt collections.
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