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April 20, 1992 | Ted Johnson, Free-lance reporter
In the budget-conscious 1990s, businesses are looking for ways to trim their litigation costs and avoid embarrassing courtroom battles. Many will seek arbitration by a third party, often a retired judge, who hears a case outside the courtroom and makes a decision. But attorney James Capretz says that mediation--in which a neutral mediator helps two sides reach common ground before a suit is filed--usually leaves parties more satisfied. Capretz recently helped establish ProMediate.
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April 20, 1992 | Ted Johnson, Free-lance reporter
In the budget-conscious 1990s, businesses are looking for ways to trim their litigation costs and avoid embarrassing courtroom battles. Many will seek arbitration by a third party, often a retired judge, who hears a case outside the courtroom and makes a decision. But attorney James Capretz says that mediation--in which a neutral mediator helps two sides reach common ground before a suit is filed--usually leaves parties more satisfied. Capretz recently helped establish ProMediate.
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BUSINESS
October 4, 1994
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to review the dismissal of an appeal that would have challenged a $215-million court settlement reached two years ago in the Shiley heart valve case. The decision clears the way for payments to more than 50,000 recipients of potentially defective heart valves made by Irvine-based Shiley, a unit of Pfizer Inc. in New York. The settlement, reached in U.S.
BUSINESS
November 10, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Effort May Be Made to Alter Shiley Settlement: An Irvine lawyer said he may ask a Cincinnati court to take another look at a settlement involving hundreds of recipients of potentially defective heart valves now that researchers have succeeded in using an X-ray technique to identify cracks in the devices.
BUSINESS
July 23, 1993
An appeals court has ruled against a motion by Shiley Inc. to delay the first in a series of trials related to a potentially defective heart valve. About 300 recipients have died since it was discovered that the valve, made by Shiley, includes a strut that has a tendency to break, causing the device to fail. The ruling on Thursday paves the way for the first of at least six trials in Orange County Superior Court.
BUSINESS
June 1, 1994 | Debora Vrana, Times staff writer
Mediation Service Created: Several business people have created a new mediation service that will specialize in solving real estate disputes, such as shoddy construction or contract disputes. The founders say they are poised to capitalize on a state bill that, if passed, would require a certain portion of real estate disputes to be solved by arbitration rather than by costly lawsuits. The founders are: James T.
BUSINESS
December 5, 1997 | BARBARA MARSH, Barbara Marsh covers health care for The Times
It's been more than a decade since heart valves made by Shiley Inc. were pulled off the market, but the former Irvine-based biomedical company continues to be hit with lawsuits. Capretz & Radcliffe, a Newport Beach law firm, filed the most recent lawsuit in an attempt to recover costs associated with replacing allegedly faulty Shiley heart valves.
NEWS
September 1, 1993 | JAMES M. GOMEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Attorneys for a woman suing the maker of a potentially defective artificial heart valve said late Tuesday--just hours before the jury was set to begin deliberations--that they were working on a last-minute, out-of-court settlement. Officials of Shiley Inc., however, denied that a settlement was imminent. Lawyers for Ruth Barillas, 54, of La Mesa in San Diego County, have accused Irvine-based Shiley Inc. and its parent company, Pfizer Inc.
BUSINESS
November 7, 1992 | TED JOHNSON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A lawyer for more than 300 recipients of potentially defective heart valves is questioning the fairness of a confidential settlement that the manufacturer has apparently negotiated with another group of patients who have filed claims.
BUSINESS
April 19, 1989 | John Charles Tighe, Times staff writer
The Irvine law firm of Capretz & Kasdan said it has filed its 10th product liability lawsuit against Shiley Inc., alleging that the Irvine maker of valves for artificial hearts did not tell patients that its Bjork-Shiley mechanical valve could break. The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Washington state on behalf of Robert Cloquet, 62, a Burlington, Wash., resident who received a Bjork-Shiley valve during open-heart surgery in 1984. The suit alleges that recurring troubles forced Cloquet to undergo exploratory surgery twice before doctors found that part of the valve had broken, which caused it to malfunction.
BUSINESS
August 5, 1986
Citizens Thrift & Loan Assn., an Irvine institution with $28.2 million in assets, said it is awaiting federal approval of its plans to buy the California thrift operations of U.S. Bancorp for more than $6 million. The four Northern California branches of U.S. Thrift & Loan Assn. would add $6.2 million in assets to Citizens, according to Michael W. McGuire, Citizens' president and chief executive. The purchase price will amount to the total assets of U.S.
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