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April 28, 1989 | DAN MORAIN, Times Staff Writer
The state Supreme Court sharply limited emotional distress suits Thursday, ruling over a harsh dissent that a mother who did not actually see her child hit by a car cannot collect money damages. The court by a 5-2 vote said direct family members can collect damages for emotional distress only if they actually witness an injury-producing event and suffer emotional distress "beyond that which would be anticipated in a disinterested witness." Writing for the majority in a closely watched case, Justice David N. Eagleson said he was seeking to draw a clear line to govern emotional distress suits in the future and avoid "limitless liability out of all proportion to the degree of the defendant's negligence."
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January 13, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Bestselling author John Grisham and a couple he knows must answer allegations that they deliberately caused a woman's emotional problems. The Virginia Supreme Court reinstated Katharine Almy's lawsuit charging that Grisham and the couple wrongly accused her of sending them anonymous letters. The justices ruled 6 to 1 that Almy had stated allegations sufficient to hold a trial on her claim of intentional infliction of emotional distress by Grisham and Alan and Donna Swanson.
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September 22, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A suit by parents whose child died of an overdose of radiation during cancer treatment has been thrown out by the 1st District Court of Appeal because of new state Supreme Court restrictions on emotional distress suits. Because the parents could not have seen the actual fatal overdose and could not have known the harm it was causing, they cannot seek damages for their own distress at their son's pain and death, the appeal court ruled.
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February 4, 2006 | Peter Y. Hong, Times Staff Writer
Six passengers on an Alaska Airlines jet that suddenly lost pressure when a hole opened in its fuselage sued the airline and its baggage handlers Friday. No one was seriously hurt when a 12-inch gash split the fuselage on the Dec. 26 flight from Seattle to Burbank. But James P. Kreindler, an attorney for the passengers, said in a statement that his clients' "lives are profoundly challenged by what they thought was their near-death experiences....
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September 16, 1992 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An infertile Tustin couple involved in an unprecedented custody battle with a surrogate mother sued her and the lawyer who arranged the surrogacy contract Tuesday. Mark and Crispina Calvert filed a lawsuit in Orange County Superior Court against Anna M. Johnson, the surrogate mother, lawyer William W. Handel and his organization, the Center for Surrogate Parenting Inc., alleging fraud, breach of contract and infliction of emotional distress.
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August 21, 1990 | PHILIP HAGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The state Supreme Court, acting on an unusual legal claim, on Monday allowed two unharmed passengers to seek monetary damages for the emotional trauma they say they suffered in a fatal accident on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway in June, 1984. The justices, in a brief order, refused to hear a challenge to a ruling last May by a state Court of Appeal permitting the passengers to sue for emotional distress after they were splattered with the blood of a woman killed in the incident.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 1990 | VICTOR MERINA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A couple whose newborn daughter was breast-fed by another mother at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after an alleged nursing mix-up has sued the woman and the Los Angeles hospital after expressing fears that the infant may have been exposed to a communicable disease. In their lawsuit, Joyce and Jerry Sausner of Granada Hills claim their daughter, Haley, was taken from the newborn nursery at Cedars-Sinai shortly after her birth on Nov.
NATIONAL
January 13, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Bestselling author John Grisham and a couple he knows must answer allegations that they deliberately caused a woman's emotional problems. The Virginia Supreme Court reinstated Katharine Almy's lawsuit charging that Grisham and the couple wrongly accused her of sending them anonymous letters. The justices ruled 6 to 1 that Almy had stated allegations sufficient to hold a trial on her claim of intentional infliction of emotional distress by Grisham and Alan and Donna Swanson.
NEWS
June 13, 1991 | DANIEL M. WEINTRAUB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A proposal by Gov. Pete Wilson to overhaul two key provisions of the state's $10-billion workers' compensation system may be imperiled by opposition from organized labor and its Democratic allies in the Legislature. Wilson offered the proposal and linked it to the budget negotiations as a way to appease business interests upset by his support of nearly $7 billion in tax increases.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 1990
A jury has awarded $250,000 to a Long Beach policeman who sued the county for emotional distress after he was hit in the eye with blood contaminated with the AIDS virus, his attorney said Wednesday. The Superior Court jury also awarded homicide detective Ron Pavek's wife $67,500. John Murphy, Pavek's attorney, said that although the detective has tested negative for the AIDS virus, Pavek fears that he could pass the disease on to his wife.
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April 2, 1994 | ANNA CEKOLA
A woman filed a lawsuit this week against her neighbor, alleging he stood at his window and secretly videotaped her while she was undressed in the living room of her townhouse. Stephanie Saltikov is seeking unspecified monetary damages from Marvin Summers, contending that he invaded her privacy and intentionally and negligently caused her "severe mental anguish and emotional and physical distress." Her lawyer, Mitchell F.
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June 30, 1993 | MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Parents of an 8-year-old Huntington Beach girl sued United Airlines on Tuesday, charging that the airline misplaced their daughter a year ago by putting her on a flight from San Francisco to New York instead of to Orange County. Erin Nicole Danskin, then 7, was traveling unaccompanied on June 29, 1992.
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September 16, 1992 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An infertile Tustin couple involved in an unprecedented custody battle with a surrogate mother sued her and the lawyer who arranged the surrogacy contract Tuesday. Mark and Crispina Calvert filed a lawsuit in Orange County Superior Court against Anna M. Johnson, the surrogate mother, lawyer William W. Handel and his organization, the Center for Surrogate Parenting Inc., alleging fraud, breach of contract and infliction of emotional distress.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 1992 | JULIO MORAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles police officer is suing his ex-wife, a former dispatcher, for fraud and emotional distress, contending that the boy he thought was his son was actually fathered by another officer in the Van Nuys Division where all three worked. Sgt. Thomas C. Hatter, who now works at the LAPD's Central Traffic Division, filed suit Wednesday in Van Nuys Superior Court against his ex-wife, Veronica Dunkel, who now lives in San Luis Obispo County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 1992 | LISA MASCARO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Newport Beach police chief and a police lieutenant have filed a civil suit against a businessman they claim wrongly accused them of violating his civil rights during an arrest in 1989. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, seeks $1 million in damages each for Chief Arb Campbell and Lt. Tim Riley for emotional distress and damage to their reputations because of a civil-rights lawsuit filed by then-Newport Beach resident Everett Temme.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 1992 | JULIO MORAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles police officer is suing his ex-wife, a former dispatcher, for fraud and emotional distress, contending that the boy he thought was his son was actually fathered by another officer in the Van Nuys Division where all three worked. Sgt. Thomas C. Hatter, who now works at the LAPD's Central Traffic Division, filed suit Wednesday in Van Nuys Superior Court against his ex-wife, Veronica Dunkel, who now lives in San Luis Obispo County.
SPORTS
May 6, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The trial in the emotional-distress suit over the death of former Loyola Marymount basketball star Hank Gathers has been continued until June 1 in Los Angeles County Superior Court in Torrance. The trial was scheduled to begin today, but the Gathers' family attorney, Bruce Fagel, is in court on another case.
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April 15, 1992
A Long Beach assistant police chief who went on sick leave while he was being investigated by the city manager has filed for stress-related disability retirement. Eugene Brizzolara, who has been on paid sick leave since December, said in a medical claim that job pressures made him "irritable, angry and short-tempered" and caused him sleeplessness, stomach cramps and headaches. Citing conflicts with the Police Officers Assn.
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