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July 25, 1989 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, Times Staff Writer
Superior Court Judge Jerrold S. Oliver, an 18-year veteran of the bench with a statewide reputation for prying multimillion-dollar settlements out of overwhelmingly complicated, multiple-party disputes, plans to leave the court to become a private mediator. Oliver, 63, who told court officials of his decision Friday, is to announce his unexpected retirement at a press conference today.
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July 25, 1989 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, Times Staff Writer
Superior Court Judge Jerrold S. Oliver, an 18-year veteran of the bench with a statewide reputation for prying multimillion-dollar settlements out of overwhelmingly complicated, multiple-party disputes, plans to leave the court to become a private mediator. Oliver, 63, who told court officials of his decision Friday, is to announce his unexpected retirement at a press conference today.
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June 13, 1987
Harmon G. Scoville was unanimously reelected presiding judge of the Orange County Superior Court, officials said. Scoville, the court's senior judge, was named to the California Judicial Council this year by Malcolm M. Lucas, chief justice of the state Supreme Court. Appointed by then-Gov. Ronald Reagan in 1969, Scoville has served in most court calendar assignments and supervised probate and law and motion departments during his tenure.
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October 1, 1987
An Anaheim woman agreed to accept $125,000 from a physician who she said misdiagnosed her ailment and forced her to undergo unnecessary and painful drug treatment. Insurers for Dr. Peter Otis of Anaheim, while not acknowledging liability, agreed Tuesday to pay the money to Marion Pelcak, 68, ending a trial in Orange County Superior Court. Pelcak said Otis mistakenly decided that she was suffering from lupus and anemia when she went to him for treatment in 1979.
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November 7, 1986 | John Spano
Superior Court Judge Jerrold S. Oliver has been named judge of the year by the California Trial Lawyers Assn. Oliver, 60, is supervising judge of the civil jury panel of the Superior Court. The association presents the award each year to recognize outstanding service by a trial judge, said Gary M. Paul, chairman of the association's state convention, which runs Thursday through Sunday at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel. Oliver of La Habra is a 1956 graduate of the USC Law School.
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September 20, 1986
A lawsuit in which an Orange County woman claimed she had developed cancer as a result of an anti-miscarriage drug prescribed for her mother has been settled just as it was scheduled to go to trial. Joseph A. Shaub, the attorney for Nanette Walker, 25, of Orange and her mother, Mildred Serdahley, said Friday that a settlement was reached this week in a conference with Superior Court Judge Jerrold S. Oliver. Shaub declined to disclose the terms of the agreement.
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June 10, 1986 | John Spano
A developer is considering an appeal of a $510,400 verdict for failing to warn the public of the hazards at a south county construction site, a lawyer for the development firm said Monday. A Superior Court jury last week awarded $638,000 to Lois Wineinger of Dana Point, whose 17-year-old son died when the vehicle in which he was riding crashed on the Bear Brand Ranch development near San Juan Capistrano in 1982. The jury in the courtroom of Judge Jerrold S.
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February 15, 1986 | Nancy Wride
Ridge vs. Stanton, a $20-million wrongful death lawsuit against the City of Stanton and a former policeman who accidentally shot and killed a 5-year-old boy, will go to trial March 17. An Orange County Superior Court judge on Friday delayed the trial, which had been set to begin Feb. 20, in part because former Officer Anthony Sperl said that his attorney had resigned.
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April 24, 1985 | JAMES S. GRANELLI
An Anaheim boy who was run over by a van at an Anaheim swap meet more than four years ago has won a settlement that will pay him $4.84 million in his lifetime. Enrique Rivera, who will be 6 years old next week, has recovered "remarkably well" from a skull fracture and a brain stem injury, but he will always have problems with such fine motor skills as buttoning his shirt, said his lawyer, Ramon Rossi Lopez of Newport Beach. On Dec.
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December 1, 1990 | ERIK HAMILTON
A group of condominium owners who claimed they were the victims of shoddy workmanship have reached a $7.5-million settlement with the developer, the plaintiffs' attorney said. The agreement calls for a cash payment from Quail Ridge Associates to the Quail Ridge Homeowners Assn. Quail Ridge Associates is a joint venture between Newport Beach-based builder/developer Konwiser Corp. and the National Life Insurance Co. of Vermont.
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April 21, 1987 | JOHN SPANO, Times Staff Writer
A judge on Monday rejected a challenge to zoning policies in Laguna Beach, ruling that owners of undeveloped land on a hill overlooking the ocean may not force the city to either approve home-building plans or buy the property. Orange County Superior Court Judge Jerrold S. Oliver denied the homeowners' claim to $6 million, which they contend is the value of the land without building restrictions. Laguna Beach City Atty. Philip D. Kohn said he was pleased with the decision.
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